Video Workshops at Home

We all know friends and colleagues who are worried – will their paper survive, will they survive the next round of cuts … so how do you prepare yourself to either find a new line of work or keep your current one?

If you’re a (youngish) dinosaur like me, who grew up with Tri-X, Fujicolor and F3HPs you need to learn video. But not just at a “push this button, point it that way” level – you need to know it. But where so you learn it?

There have been lots of workshops over the last dozen years that have attempted to teach photojournalists multimedia skills, but most of the best ones involved a weeks worth of time and a large outlay of cash. The National Press Photographers Association has now put together a workshop that you can do on the cheap from the comfort of your own home …

The Virtual Video Workshop is coming to a computer near you. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 19th. Among the presenters are the first-place winners from this year’s Best of Photojournalism video contest, including:

  • Darren Durlach – Photographer of the Year, WBFF, Baltimore
  • Greg T. Johnson – Editor of the Year, WFAA, Dallas
  • Boyd Huppert – Three-time winner of the NPPA Special Award for Reporting, KARE, Minneapolis
  • Travis Fox – Multiple awards in the Web Video categories, Washington Post

If you can’t commit to the entire day, don’t despair — presentations will be recorded and as a benefit of registration you’ll have free online access to all sessions at your convenience.

The workshop will be delivered via Poynter’s e-learning site, News University to your computer.  All you need is a broadband connection and speakers to hear the audio.

Each session will be an hour long and will take you “behind the curtain,” with practical discussion of the skills and techniques used by each presenter in creating their award winning work. Between sessions, participants will be able to ask questions and carry on conversations with the speakers through online text chat sessions.

The event will be hosted at The Poynter Institute in front of a live audience. In these tough economic times, prices have been kept low to make the workshop accessible:

  • $45.00            NPPA member
  • $55.00            Non-NPPA member
  • $35.00            NPPA student members currently enrolled in school
  • Free                Laid-off NPPA members who held a full time job in journalism and are currently unemployed

More information on the NPPA Virtual Video Conference is available online, but, really, what more do you need to know? That’s unbelievably cheap for that sort of access, and to be able to revisit the info in an archived version after the event? Priceless, as the ads tell us.

Mark E. Johnson

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