2018 Communicators’ Workshop

Surf, Sand and Sizzle

Head to the Oregon Coast for the 2018 Ruralite Workshop to enjoy,

Surf, Sand and Sizzle

Monday, October 1, through Wednesday, October 3.

Photography master and workshop favorite David LaBelle returns to share his infinite knowledge on both basic and advanced topics. New to our workshop scene—and ready to guide writers of all levels—is former Seattle Times reporter and editor Jack Broom, legendary for both his craft and good cheer.

We also will cover crisis communications, the value of video and ways to make your social media stand out. That is just part of the sizzle.
Game night is Tuesday, with pizza provided. Guests are welcome to attend and join the fun.

Where: Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport, Oregon

Cost: $350 for all course materials and three days of instruction. Register here.

Transportation, lodging and most meals are not included. Registration does include two breakfasts, one lunch, game-night dinner and a discount on rooms, which offer ocean views.
Bringing a dining guest? Game-night pizza is on us. The cost is $20 per person for each of the provided breakfasts and lunch. Please RSVP and prepay before the workshop begins.

Accommodations: $119 plus taxes for a traditional one-queen guest room; other sizes are available for slightly higher rates. For rooms at the Hallmark Resort, call (541) 265-2600 and indicate you are with the Ruralite Workshop group. The discount rate is available September 28 through October 6 for those wanting to extend their stay. Reservations must be made by phone, not online.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Brown at jenniferb@ruralite.org or (503) 718-3719.

Join us on the workshop’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1814707688540077.

Workshop Guest Speakers

David LaBelle is a gifted photographer, renowned teacher, heralded author and engaging lecturer. Mostly, he is an accomplished storyteller who uses pictures as well as words to capture the essence of those fortunate enough to cross his path. David began his photojournalism career shooting sports in high school. At 19, he was the youngest photographer ever to win the National Press Photographers Association Region 10 Photographer of the Year—an honor he repeated the next two years. He has worked for 20 newspapers and magazines in nine states during his 45-year career and has taught photojournalism at four universities, including Kent State. One of his proudest credits is that seven of his former students have won Pulitzer Prizes. He received the Photographic Society of America’s 2002 International Understanding Through Photography Award for “outstanding contribution to international understanding through lecturing, teaching and publications.” Past recipients include Ansel Adams.


Jack Broom, who retired in 2016 after 39 years as a reporter and editor at The Seattle Times, traces his newspaper work to a moment during his sophomore year at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School, where a particularly unfriendly nun taught English. That day, the adviser to the student newspaper, The Miter, took aside several students who showed writing promise and told them he could get them out of English class one day a week if they would write for The Miter.  “A career was born,” Jack says. He worked on student publications at Blanchet, Shoreline Community College and Western Washington University.  His work as editor of “The Western Front” helped him land a summer internship at The Seattle Times between his junior and senior years. After graduating from WWU, Jack worked for three years as a reporter/photographer at The Wenatchee World before being hired by The Seattle Times. Most of Jack’s tenure there was spent as a general assignment reporter.  He won awards for spot news coverage, feature writing and humorous writing.


Have some free time? Explore Newport.

Newport is a city of about 10,000 people on Oregon’s central coast.

The aquarium on Yaquina Bay features local marine life, underwater walkways and a seabird aviary. Check out what’s available at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Newport’s Historic Bayfront District is the economic center of Newport. The harbor is home to Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely brings in a variety of fresh seafood. Visit the docks, buy the catch of the day right off fishing boats, and watch (and listen to) the harbor seals.

The iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge has two observation areas. Yaquina Bay State Park is home to the 1871 Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. A basalt rock beach and the 19th century 93-foot-tall Yaquina Head Lighthouse are highlights of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The lighthouse is closed to tours in October, so schedule it for September sightseeing if you are coming early. Explore Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center offers a visitor center with tidepool touch tanks and interactive exhibits. Learn more about OSU’s science center.

Nye Beach offers shops, restaurants, art galleries and access to the ocean. Check out historic Nye Beach.

Oregon’s coast features other awe-inspiring beaches nearby. North of Newport, look for fossilized shells on Beverly Beach. Farther north, waves slam into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Check out Travel Oregon for information on countless destinations.

Find more ways to enjoy your time at Discover Newport.