TechConnect 2015 workshop planned for Sunday

Julianne Calapa

Kent State students will now have the opportunity to learn more about how technology incorporates into the field of journalism with TechConnect 2015.

This free event is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and will place on Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Franklin Hall’s FirstEnergy Auditorium.

The hands-on event will feature workshops dedicated to teaching HTML, CSS, JavaScript, data visualization with Silk, mapping, CartoDB, WordPress and D3.js, said Susan Zake, an assistant professor in JMC and a TechConnect committee member.

“About half of the people teaching during the day are from Kent State,” Zake said. “We have a lot of talented people who work here. For some of the sessions that are aimed at those less experienced with technology, there was no need to look outside our own experts.”

The event does not require a specific technology skill level, she said.

“My main goal is to help demystify technology for students and let them see how cool it can be, particularly for journalists,” Zake said. “The more students are able to see where technology intersects with their ability to produce content, the better.”

The first 100 people to register for the event will receive a free T-shirt and a pizza lunch.

To register or learn more about TechConnect 2015, visit

Contact Julianne Calapa at [email protected].