Student Day

Students from any university or college who are studying or interested in photojournalism are welcome to attend our special student day programming on Friday, April 3.

Cost for Friday only is just $10 and includes lunch. If you want to stay for the entire weekend, the 3-day cost is just $25, and includes Saturday lunch and a cool give-away.

Friday, April 3

(tentative schedule — exact times subject to change)

9-9:30 am Welcome

Breakout sessions

9:30-10:30 Breakout 1

  • Straight talk on job hunting and getting your career launched
    • Deb Pastner, Star Tribune
  • Shooting sports: Learn from one of the best
    • Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Breakout 2

  • Tips for entering contests — and winning
    • Kevin Martin, Star Tribune
  • Taking great portraits
    • Christine Nguyen, MPR News

12 – 1:30 pm Networking lunch with the pros
Beacon Room, University Recreation Center, a short trip down Scholar’s Walk.
Included in registration

1: 30-2:30 pm Finding success in a variety of ways
Lightning rounds with photojournalism professionals on what they do 
(Murphy 130)

2:30-2:45pm Break

Breakout sessions

2:45-3:45pm Breakout 3

  • Ethical decision making in tough situations
  • Introduction to Lightroom
    • Adobe
  • Finding visual gold in any assignment
  • Student portfolio reviews (Sign up at registration desk)

3:45-4pm Break

4pm-5pm Breakout 4

  • Interested in working at the Minnesota Daily? Here’s your chance to find out what it’s like.
  • The election is coming, with protests and political rallies on the way. Here’s how to stay safe in hostile environments (for new journalists)
  • Editing your own photos, choosing your best work
  • Student portfolio reviews (Sign up at registration desk)

6 pm,  Opening reception for all

  • Everyone welcome, whether you’re attending the conference or not.
  • Blarney Pub and Grill, downstairs. We’ll have appetizers waiting for you.

8 pm, Visual MN College Contest Open Judging

  • Listen in on the discussion as judges choose the winners of the VisualMN college contest. It’s a great way to learn!
  • Judges: Akili Ramsess, David LaBelle and Alexandra Garcia

Enter the VisualMN college photo contest here, where you’ll find entry information.

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