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Designing Your Story with Canva: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

Your audiences spend more time on social media sites than any other websites. Crafting a smart and well-designed social image to interest them in your work is key to success, but can be difficult to accomplish without a talented designer. Learn how to use Canva to create effective graphics that increase the reach of your message, no design skills necessary.

See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.

What Will I Learn?

  • How design affects whether your content is shared
  • What Canva is, why it exists, and the problems it solves for you
  • How to use Canva as a tool in non-mainstream media platforms
  • Best practices for making sure your audience sees and shares your content
  • Tips for incorporating Canva into your workflow

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is for anyone who produces content that is supported by visual graphics. Whether you're a writer who maintains a blog for a news agency or a journalist looking to make greater impact and increase shareability of your social posts, understanding how to create effective graphics is crucial to extending your audience reach.

Course Instructor

Hannah Yan Field

Hannah is the Head of Education Partnerships at Canva, a Sydney-based graphic design startup seeking to empower the world to design. She’s passionate about building communities and working with teachers around the world to introduce design and visual literacy into their classrooms. A graduate of Tufts University with a degree in International Relations, she’s worked at startups including Pandora Internet Radio and most recently at Dropbox, where she was helping build out their European operations in Dublin, Ireland.


The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner

American Press Institute

American Press Institute

The American Press Instituteconducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment, sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

Frequently Asked Questions

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.