As pandemic wanes, News Video Workshop returns ‘better and stronger’ for y60
By Sarah Beth Guevara
For 59 consecutive years, industry professionals became students again at the University of Oklahoma for the News Video Workshop (NVW). Though the faces changed over the years, the videography giants taught the same basic principles:
⧫ Shoot and move
⧫ Enter frame, enter frame, enter frame
⧫ Find the moments
⧫ Not one extra word
These are mantras that students have taken home over the ages.
In the fall of 2019, that’s what the NVW teachers and participants craved: learning for the sake of furthering the craft.
Then a pandemic halted the world in its tracks at a time when journalists were needed most.
Remote interviews and Zoom meetings became commonplace. Managers and videographers were left to question how visual storytelling fits into a socially distant world.
If you ask the NVW workshop faculty — especially Joe Little — they will say it matters now more than ever.
“It was kind of a deja vu,” NVW Chair Julie Jones said. “It was encouraging after so much struggle after the last two years to see us finally back on the footing and sending people out the door to shoot the exercises that we have that we know work, and work for us, and have worked for 60 years.”
NVW Co-Chair Adam Vance said the NVW revitalizes his passion for visual storytelling and how y60 felt different in a world that increasingly normalizes Zoom interviews.
“Y60 was supposed to be a celebration of 60 years, but in light of the pandemic, it was almost like a rebirth for us to come back better and stronger,” Vance said.