I’ve talked with Max and Blayklee so they can spread the word with their staffs, but I want to share it here, too, for others who may be interested in Student Media or at Gaylord College.

We’ll have James Royal of the Tulsa World visiting on Thursday (Oct. 9) to talk about design. This is another in the series of guest speakers — including Jennifer Johnson (Wall Street Journal deputy editor for digital) and Jenni Carlson (The Oklahoman sports columnist) — we’ve offered so far this semester.

James is an Oklahoma native, a Daily alum and previously worked at the Wichita Falls Times Record News and Lawton Constitution before joining the World in 2005. In Tulsa, he worked as lead sports designer for three years and then as assistant sports editor for nearly three years, a role in which he directed presentation of one of the nation’s top sports sections as recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Since 2011, he’s been the World’s chief designer, leading the presentation of every section of the newspaper and training staff in design concepts.

He’ll meet with students in the Student Media conference room adjoining the business office in Copeland Hall. We’ll talk feature design starting at 3 p.m. and we’ll talk news design starting at 4 p.m. He’ll show examples on the big screen in that space. He’s a great resource for not only your design questions, but also tips on internships and career development.

One particularly fresh topic he can discuss is the presentation (see gallery to compare today’s Page Ones at the World, The Oklahoman and The Norman Transcript) of Monday’s Supreme Court move that paved the way for same-sex marriage to be legal in Oklahoma.

Have questions for James but can’t make it because of class conflicts? Hit him up via Twitter or at james.royal@tulsaworld.com.

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