Chris Snider teaches workshops about digital media at Drake University and for groups and organizations in Des Moines, Iowa, and across the Midwest.
Chris is an engaging presenter who has been teaching digital tools for more than 10 years. He’s currently an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University. Prior to that, he was a digital editor at the Des Moines Register and founding editor of Juice Magazine.
He’s available to speak on topics including smartphone video, video editing, storytelling, social media strategy, new digital tools and podcasting.
Chris started teaching at Drake in 2007 as an adjunct instructor and accepted a full-time job in 2010.
To connect with Chris about topics for your conference, event or custom workshop, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-207-0162.
Social Media Conversation
Starting at $150
Does your Des Moines-based team need a one-hour conversation about what’s trending in social media? Hire Chris to come in over the lunch hour (or another time) to discuss your current social media strategy and current trends in social media.
Half-day workshops (3-4 hours) start at $500
Full-day workshops start (6-7 hours) at $900
Let Chris design a custom workshop for your business or organization about social media or video. Topics include smartphone video, social media strategy, marketing to millennials, video storytelling and podcasting.
Starting at $250
Chris is a dynamic speaker who can engage groups from 20 to more than 100 people. If your group is looking to keep up on the latest trends in social media, video storytelling or podcasting, contact Chris today to discuss options. In the right circumstances, Chris is happy to waive his speaking fee.
Sample Presentations and Workshops
Hands-on Smartphone Video
This workshop combines teaching video techniques, apps and hardware to get attendees shooting and editing videos with their smartphones. I’ve given this presentation in as little as one hour (not very hands-on) and for as long as a full-day workshop. It also works great as a half-day workshop.
Building a Social Media Strategy
This workshop or presentation will help small business owners and social media strategists understand how to build a social media strategy beyond Facebook. We will explore best practices for using short-form video on TikTok and Reels, the power of Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and more. And because Facebook isn’t going anywhere, we’ll discuss best practices for using Facebook as well. This can be done as a presentation or as a workshop.
In this hands-on presentation or workshop, I provide tips and tools for making compelling videos that tell a story. You’ll learn about core video techniques as well as apps and hardware to turn your phone into a high-end production machine.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Dec. 10, 2022: Association of Iowa Fairs Conference & Annual Meeting presentation: Promoting your Fair on Social Media in 2023
Dec. 7, 2022: Central Iowa Tourism: How to succeed in the changing world of social media
Nov. 12, 2022: JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention: Using TikTok and reels for your publication
Nov. 12, 2022: JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention: Telling stories with sound
Oct. 20, 2022: Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference: Creating an Overall Social Media Strategy
Oct. 20, 2022: Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference: How to use TikTok for your publication
Past speaking engagements
Dec. 12, 2019: AAF Des Moines December Luncheon: From YouTube to TikTok – How to Create Compelling Social Media Videos.
Dec. 6, 2019: High school and community college counselors and advisors. Topic: Connecting with Teens on Social Media.
Oct. 24, 2019: Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference in Iowa City. Topic: Creating Social Media Stories
Oct. 17, 2019: Tech Connect in Hampton, Iowa. Topic: Social Media
Oct. 10, 2019: IowaWORKS in Des Moines. Topic: Social Media Strategy
Sept. 11, 2019: Iowa Parks and Recreation Association Fall Workshop in Ames. Topic: Creating a Social Media Strategy for 2020.
April 3, 2019: High School journalism quick course on Cutting Edge Tech Tools at Drake University.
March 27, 2019: High School Media Leadership/Innovation Conference – New tech in journalism.
March 25, 2019: Iowa Bed and Breakfast Guild conference in Pella – Marketing to Millennials.
March 12, 2019: AMA Madison – Making Quality Branded Videos Using Your Smartphone
Feb. 22, 2019: AMA Central Iowa Experience – Student Panel: Genius Thoughts for Digital Careers
Feb. 14, 2019: Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Marketing Power Hour
Feb. 6, 2019: High School journalism quick course on Social Media at Drake University.
Nov. 28, 2018: Central Iowa Tourism Region – Marketing to Millennials and Gen Z.
Nov. 15, 2018: Iowa Automobile Dealers Association.
Oct. 25, 2018: Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference in Iowa City.
Oct. 12, 2018: Iowa School Public Relations Association Fall Conference in Cedar Falls.
July 30, 2018: Social media strategy workshop with Des Moines North High School journalism students.
May 17, 2018: Ames PRAM Lunch and Learn: Alternatives to Facebook for your Digital Marketing.
May 15, 2018: Spoke about Design Basics to newspaper and yearbook students at Hoover High School in Des Moines.
May 7, 2018: Spoke about new digital tools to newspaper and yearbook classes at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.
April 24, 2018: Spoke about video storytelling to Public Relations Network of the Quad Cities.
April 2, 2018: Spoke about new digital tools at Iowa City high schools.
Feb. 28, 2018: Career Day at Hoover High School.
Feb. 23, 2018: Discussed new digital tools with high school teachers at Iowa High School Press Association’s Winter Thaw.
Feb. 2, 2018: New Tools of the Trade at Iowa Newspaper Association Convention & Trade Show and Iowa College Media Association Annual Conference in Des Moines.
Feb. 21, 2018: Learn How to Make Quality Videos with PRSA Central Iowa.
April 20, 2017 – Smartphone video presentations at the Nebraska Press Association Convention
April 5, 2017: 360-Degree Photography and Video
April 5, 2017: New Digital Tools at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s High School Media Leadership/Innovation Conference.
March 16, 2017: Presentation on smartphone video tools to Iowa Bankers Association Marketing Peer Group
Dec. 14-15, 2016: Spoke about new digital tools with journalism students at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School and Westside High School (Omaha).
Nov. 17, 2016: Mobile Video Tools Workshop for Central Iowa Public Relations Society of America.
Oct. 27, 2016: Smartphone Video presentation at Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference in Iowa City.
Oct. 24, 2016: Analytics for Social and Mobile presentation for students, faculty and area professionals as part of E.T. Meredith Magazine Center.
Sept. 2016: Core Video Techniques workshop presented to Ames PRAM (Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing) group (September 2016)
April 6, 2016: I presented on New Digital Tools at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s High School Media Leadership/Innovation Conference.
Nov. 11, 2015: Hosted high school journalism students from Des Moines high schools at Drake University.
Oct. 29, 2015: Spoke about how to use Snapchat for publications at the Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference.
Oct. 16, 2015: Spoke about smartphone video at the Iowa School Public Relations Association fall conference.
April 6, 2015: Presented about using Snapchat as a marketing tool at Drake University
July 31, 2014 – Led webinar for Iowa Newspaper Association on mobile video tools
February 2014 – Taught a workshop on building websites in WordPress for AIGA Iowa.
April 9, 2013 – Search engine optimization at Drake.
March 29, 2013: Presented Lunch and Learn to Drake faculty on about using social media in the classroom.
March 22, 2013: Social Media Workshop with KMA Radio advertisers.
March 7, 2013 – SEO workshop at Strategic America in West Des Moines.
July 2013 – Taught journalism sequence at Business Horizons high school camp in Pella, Iowa.
June 2012 – Taught design sequence at MediaNowSTL high school journalism camp.
January 11, 2012 – IABC Iowa – Writing for the web and mobile journalism.
February 2012 – Iowa Newspaper Association Convention – Writing for the Web
Nov. 17, 2011 – National Communication Association Convention – Topic: Voices For and of The People: New Media, Journalism, and the Iowa Caucuses
June 2011 – Taught design sequence at MediaNowSTL high school journalism camp.
April 2011 – Creating a blog/site using wordpress.org
March 2011 – Writing for the web and introduction to SEO
March 23, 2011: Writing for the web
August 2010 – Social Media, the future of media and your role – Iowa High School Press Association
October 2010 – Improving your website to increase traffic – Iowa Newspaper Foundation webinar
November 2010 – Mofuse Jump Into Mobile webinar