October 6, 2020
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Visual social media posts are no longer a nicety — they are a necessity. Not all teams, though, have the resources to devote to designing and creating social media posts that sing. 

Learn how to stop skimmers in their scrolls with visually dynamic social media messaging in this program with Beth Francesco, the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s senior director. During this hands-on workshop, participants will practice design fundamentals while creating posts from start to finished product. This session is designed for journalists and communicators who don’t regularly produce graphics but find themselves taking on some of that work right now. 

Registration is open for this program, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a followup to our June program, “Design Hacks: How to create visuals when it’s not usually your job.” You do not have to have attended that program to benefit from this session. 
Leaders, manage yourselves by being aware of your idiosyncrasies and minimizing them so that your team isn’t working around your quirks. Be consistent and clear, let people know how you prefer to get and give information, and make sure everyone understands when they have a voice and when they have a vote in your decisions. Invite feedback, appreciate honesty, reflect on ways you can grow, and show your team that the best leaders are always learning. 

Advice from Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity, Loyola University Chicago, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership

Click here to read Jill’s previous posts.
Shefali Luthra of the 19th* shared how she’s been taking care of herself during the pandemic.

“Daily exercise in the form of either a run or some yoga, cooking dinner most nights, and making a little space each day to read for fun (!) and do the crossword. I’ve also binged The Sopranos and I May Destroy You and am planning an imminent Succession re-watch.”

Click here to read Luthra’s tips for how journalists can report on health policy when it’s not usually their job.

Read on for more self-care tips, or share how you are taking care of yourself right now.
This newsletter is written & edited by the National Press Club Journalism Institute staff: Beth Francesco, Holly Butcher Grant, and Julie Moos. Send us your questions and suggestions for topics to cover.

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