All are invited for this; mandatory for full-time M.S. students. No RSVP required. Chip is a fabulous teacher and I guarantee you will learn a lot from him (students raved about his appearance two years ago).
SPRING SEMESTER PREP DAY
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008
An annual day of academic, career and writing tips and advice, before the
semester formally begins. Brought to you by Student Affairs and Career Services
With special guest teacher, Chip Scanlan, J’74, one of America’s best-known
writing coaches and author of Poynter.org’s “Chip on Your Shoulder” column -
http://www.poynter.org/shoulder (bio below)
Mandatory for all full-time M.S. students; all other students, faculty,
adjuncts and staff are invited.
8:30-9:15: Coffee, tea, breakfast served.
9:15-10: “Surviving & Thriving in the Spring Semester”
- how to excel in the Spring, academically and otherwise
- preparing for graduation (never to early!)
Deans Sreenivasan and Huff
10:00-10:45: “Career Planning Strategies”
- how to make best use of the Spring for job hunting and job planning
Dean Sotomayor and Career Services Team
10:45-11:00: Break (light snacks served)
WORKSHOPS WITH CHIP SCANLAN, J’74 (Poynter Institute faculty member and one of
America’s best-known writing coaches)
11:00-1:00 pm: “Thinking About Stories”
Reporters and editors pay a lot of attention to reporting and writing. But
thinking is the under-appreciated part of being a journalist. This hands-on
session presents practical and quick techniques to strengthen the connections
between creative work, critical thinking and courage that produce the finest
STUDENTS - Lunch on your own
FACULTY - Lunch meeting with Chip Scanlan (faculty, RSVP to
2:15-4:15: “Making Things Happen: A Journalist’s Guide to Getting Things Done”
Are you a procrastinator? Have unfulfilled dreams? This session will show you
how just five simple steps can nip the “I’ll do it tomorrow” mindset, help you
successfully plan and execute any goal from cleaning your room to making your
Master’s Project/Thesis a wild success.
4:15-6 pm: “Chip and Salsa”
Informal reception, featuring Columbia Catering’s famous “South of the Border”
menu - a chance to meet Chip and hang out with your classmates before classes
ABOUT CHIP SCANLAN
Chip produces “Chip on Your Shoulder,” a writing advice column for Poynter
Online. He spent two decades as an award-winning reporter and feature writer
Providence Journal, St. Petersburg Times, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau).
He is the author of “Reporting and Writing: Basics for the 21st Century”
(Oxford University Press). Co-editor, “America’s Best Newspaper Writing”
(Bedford/St. Martin’s) Edited “Best Newspaper Writing” 1994-2000. Recent
publications include: The New York Times, National Public Radio.
Chip’s teaching specialties are in reporting, interviewing, coaching skills,
productivity, nonfiction narrative, personal essays and deadline storytelling.
With his wife, Katharine Fair, he wrote “The Holly Wreath Man”, a serial
newspaper novel syndicated in 60 newspapers and in 2005 was published in
hardcover. In 2006, the couple produced another Christmas serial, “Mystery @
They have three daughters and live in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
Occasionally, Chip gets the remote.