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InDesign for Journalism

  • Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

How do you make a piece of journalism come alive on the print page? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to lay out print pages using InDesign, including how to navigate the software and how to follow basic principles of design. If you’re interested in an immediate opportunity to use your new layout skills, this workshop will prepare you to design pages for South Side Weekly’s Best of the South Side issues, as well as other future issues of the paper. Presenters will start with general information about layout for newspapers and then go into some specifics about layout workflow at the Weekly. Then, you’ll split up into two groups—one for those with Adobe experience and one for those without—to practice hands-on.


J. Michael Eugenio is a terrible dabbler. They have been the Weekly's interim layout editor for the past year and have experience editing, copyediting, designing, videoing, photographing, reporting, co-op organizing, cooking, farming, teaching, and more. Michael is currently on staff at the Weekly's home, the Experimental Station, doing communications, design, documentation, and administration. They're committed to inclusive and democratic processes that give people a say over their lives. Come to them for help, a vegan meal, or enthusiasm!

Davon Clark is a Philadelphia-raised artist based in Chicago that has worked as a graphic designer at the Chicago Reader, an alternative weekly newspaper. His work uses investigative journalism practices to fill in the gaps left behind in coverage of the worlds that he lives in and peripheral to. He likes flowers and the little things in life.

Earlier Event: September 11
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Later Event: September 25
Editor Office Hours