Registration Filling For NPPA's 2011 Multimedia Immersion Workshop

Seats Limited To The First 40 People


DURHAM, NC  – Registration is now open for the National Press Photographers Association's 2011 Multimedia Immersion workshop, and it will be limited to the first 40 applicants.

NPPA's five-day hands-on 2011 Multimedia Immersion training session will be held May 17-22, 2011, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

The workshop is for visual journalists who are looking to expand and grow their multimedia skills using the latest technology. Multimedia Immersion 2011 will focus on mixing photographs, audio, and video content and editing them into multimedia presentations. Previous students at NPPA's Multimedia Immersion include more than just beginners, as the workshop has been taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists, top title winners from the Best Of Photojournalism contest, White House photographers, academics, editors, working professionals and freelancers, and graduate and undergraduate students, all looking to supercharge their careers.

"This year's venue at Syracuse University will allow both the students and the coaches to collaborate in an environment that is well suited to learning multimedia storytelling techniques, the skills photographers need today to stay ahead of the curve," says workshop co-chairman Seth Gitner.

NPPA has brought in the leaders in multimedia journalism to teachthe 2011 Multimedia Immersion, and the workshop will continue its tradition of providing a 2:1 student to trainer ratio.

Multimedia Immersion 2011 students will be provided with computers and software to use for the week at the S.I. Newshouse School for Public Communications, and some cameras will be provided by Nikon and Canon. NPPA's instructors strongly recommend bringing whatever audio and video equipment you currently use on an everyday basis so that learning can be done on gear that will be used back home in the field after the workshop. But if you can't bring your own gear, there will be some equipment for students to use on site.

NPPA executive director Mindy Hutchison says students at the Multimedia Immersion workshop will learn:

  • How to effectively plan and develop a multimedia story, saving time on workflow and increasing the quality of the piece;
  • Professional audio recording techniques from audio documentary experts;
  • Hands-on explanations and experiences on how to use audio, video, and photography equipment, along with gear recommendations;
  • Training on how to shoot visuals for multimedia storytelling, including techniques for documentaries and working as a one-man-band or mobile journalist;
  • Hands-on video production editing training, and experience in Final Cut Pro;
  • How to integrate music into multimedia work, and the ethics and legal issues that come with music;
  • How to navigate modern freelance business issues encountered while working in multimedia;
  • Inspiring information on how the most cutting edge multimedia projects were created from the industry leaders who worked on them.

Every student at the workshop will produce their own finished professional project, from capturing all the content to editing and compressing the final files, Gitner said.

During the week in Syracuse the workshop's students will be personally coached by industry leaders and the best educators in the country. In addition to Gitner, this year's workshop faculty includes:

  • Brian Kaufman - Videojournalist, Detroit Free Press
  • Will Yurman - Staff Penn State University
  • Evelio Contreras - The Washington Post
  • Evan Vucci - Associated Press
  • Steve Elfers - USA Today
  • Joe Weiss - SoundSlides
  • Wes Pope - formerly of The Rocky Mountain News
  • Sung Park - Syracuse University
  • Bruce Strong - Syracuse University
  • Will Sullivan - St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Seth Gitner - Syracuse University
  • And more coaches to be announced

In the past, the limited number of seats available for NPPA's Multimedia Immersion workshop have filled quickly. To get more information and to register for the session, please see