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Free Classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications for Fall

MANCHESTER, NH —  Registration is now available for in-person classes at Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Classes are free and open to all.

Laura Simoes

All classes are taught at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH on Wednesday evenings, September 14, 21, 28, and October 5, 2022. Most classes run for four weeks, and times vary depending on the class.

Registration is now open for the following classes:

Citizen Journalism: Covering Your Community

Democracy counts on informed and engaged citizens. Covering public events, government meetings and neighborhood happenings is the essence of local news. In this course students will learn the basics of reporting from interviewing to media ethics to making information requests.  Students will be coached by local journalists to complete at least one news story that will be published, with editing support from the instructors.

Instructor Mike Cote is Senior Editor, News & Business, for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He previously worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Colorado and Florida. Cote taught news reporting and editing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he worked several years as an adjunct instructor.

Instructor Mark Hayward is a general assignment reporter and weekly columnist for the Union Leader, where he has worked since 1997. He has nearly 40 years of experience, covering government, politics, business, and community news.

Nature Photography: Images of Fall

The Loeb School’s popular fall workshop is being offered as a free class for the first time. This class will encourage you to get outside during fall foliage season and beyond. Students will learn the tips, techniques and equipment used to capture great nature images, with an emphasis on how the casual photographer can produce photos that capture the outdoors.

Students should bring a digital camera (more than a smartphone), but sophisticated camera equipment is not needed. Instructor Geoff Forester, a Loeb School favorite instructor, is photo editor at the Concord Monitor and has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years.

Crisis Communications: Practice Before the Crisis Comes

When your organization is in a reputational or physical crisis, it’s hard to know what to do next. The best preparation comes before the problem. In this class, students will learn from one of New Hampshire’s best-known public relations and crisis experts about the fundamentals of crisis communications planning, how to build a plan, and what really happens during a crisis. The class will feature scenarios and drills to practice case studies drawn from real communications crises.

Instructor Nick Ashooh is the senior director of corporate and executive communication at APCO Worldwide. He has more than 40 years of experience in corporate communications, serving as senior communications officer at five Fortune 500 companies across several sectors, including energy, financial services, and entertainment.

Spinning Gold: Shaping Your Family Research into Compelling Stories

This class will help students write their family’s stories, as true tales or fictional accounts. It includes exercises to get creative ideas flowing; guidance on planning and outlining stories; and tips for writing compelling stories from found facts.  If you’ve ever planned to write your family’s history and never seem to get to it, this class will give you the tools and inspiration to do it, and the confidence to see it through.

Instructor Christine Halvorson is a writer based in Peterborough, New Hampshire. “Inmate,” her fictional account of her maternal grandmother, was published in 2018. Now retired, she is a former social media consultant, adjunct college instructor, PR specialist, corporate blogger, book editor, and newspaper reporter.

Telling Short Stories: A One Image Workshop

In this two-session writing and digital media class (offered twice this fall at the Loeb School), students will create a mini digital story using one image or photograph and a short, written reflection.  Learn how to put these elements together using the free online platform WeVideo.

Expert digital storyteller instructors will offerwriting and video assistance. Short stories will be shared as part of the OurStoryNH project. Instructors Sarah McPhee and Kirsten Durzy are expert storytelling coaches. You can learn more about their work at NOTE: this class is a two-week class which will be offered twice during the session. Details are available on the Loeb School’s registration site.

Register for all classes at, and contact us at with questions.

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications promotes and defends the First Amendment and fosters interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication by educating students of various ages and providing them with the tools and knowledge to improve their skill. Learn more about the School at


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