Kevin Slimp and Russell Viers Launch Summer Creative Tour

Kevin Slimp, director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology, and Russell Viers, founder of, will join together for nine days of training in three cities this summer. Dubbed the “Slimp & Viers Creative Tour,” these two newspaper-consulting veterans will offer three days of intense training in each city. The events will take place in Lansing, Mich. (July 14-16), Springfield, Ill. (July 18-20) and Greensboro, N.C. (August 4-6).

The daily schedule in each city looks like this:

Day One Creating, Preflighting and Correcting PDF Files (9:00-4:00, Kevin Slimp) Photoshop Basics for Prepress (9:00-4:00, Russell Viers)

Day Two Page Layout with Adobe InDesign (9:00-4:00, Kevin Slimp) Advanced Photoshop for Prepress (9:00-4:00, Russell Viers)

Day Three Adobe Illustrator Basics for Prepress (9:00-noon, Russell Viers) OS X Overview (9:00-10:20, Kevin Slimp) Using Photoshop’s Camera Raw (10:40-12:00, Kevin Slimp) Discussing, Arguing About and Comparing Hardware & Software for Prepress Professionals (1:00-4:00, Slimp and Viers together)

The registration fee for each of these events is $150 per day. Members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies will receive a $50 per day discount, bringing the cost down to $100 per day. The AAN discount code is “news2005.” Just mention that you wish to receive the AAN discount when registering. To register by phone, call (865) 970-1710. Onsite registration is available at All persons registering before June 15 will be entered in a drawing to receive a software and book prize in each of the three cities.

For more information, call (865) 970-1710 or email