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Become a smarter journalist! Attend SPJ’s Spring Continuing Ed series

The Western Washington SPJ Continuing Ed Series is back this spring with three great sessions you won’t want to miss.

The three-week series will run on Monday nights from April 25 to May 9. All classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Seattle Times auditorium. Free parking – and pizza – are included.

Classes are to SPJ and AAJA members, $10 per class for non SPJ members or $25 for the whole series. You may register to become an SPJ member at any class to receive the class free. Annual membership is $72. Become a member by enrolling online now, or sign up at any class.

Here’s what we’ve got and when:

Photography 101: Shooting for Non-Shooters

MONDAY, April 25, 7 p.m.

Everyone knows how to snap a picture. But in an era when journalists are expected to work independently and fill multiple roles, even non-photographers need to step up their game and have some basic shooting skills in their back pocket. This workshop will teach you to compose beautiful still photos and video and to use advanced features of point and shoot and cell phone cameras. Bring your camera!


  • Alex Stonehill, international visual journalist from the Common Language Project
  • Cliff DesPeaux, freelance photographer and part of The Seattle Times’ 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning team.

The Basics of Travel Writing

MONDAY, May 2, 7 p.m.

Learn what it takes these days to make a go of travel writing, get tips on producing compelling travel stories and find out what editors are really looking for – and how to pitch them.


  • Paul Frichtl, editor, Alaska Airlines Magazine
  • Cathy McDonald, freelance writer, author of the popular Walkabout column and editor/research for Rick Steves
  • Chris Solomon, who writes for New York Times travel section, Outside, Ski Magazine and other publications
  • Moderator: Kristin Jackson, Seattle Times travel editor

Beyond Google: Exploring the Visible and Invisible Web

MONDAY, MAY 9, 7 p.m.

Go beyond Google searches and learn to get the most from the Web. This session will cover what reporters, editors and students need to know. From better search techniques to delving into the deep, invisible Web, how to find documents or background people on deadline, track historic content and where to find reliable sites for enterprise stories. The craft of better searching and not wasting time.


  • Cheryl Phillips, Seattle Times data enterprise editor and former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
The Seattle Times is located at 1120 John St., Seattle, WA  98109. Free parking is available in the visitor’s lot across the street.
If you make you plans early,  please RSVP to Hilary Reeves, by noon on the Friday prior to the class you plan to attend.
See you there!