Kalish Workshop Retools Program; Focuses On The Web, Multimedia

By Scott Sines

Scott SinesMEMPHIS, TN – The program for this year’s Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop at Ball State University in June in Muncie, IN, has been rebuilt to address the challenges, opportunities, and struggles that visual editors – and newsrooms in general – face as they try to migrate to the Web. Our emphasis is on visual storytelling and presentation. Our target audience is anyone who has the responsibility for shaping the visual report of their publication regardless of platform.

The Kalish Advisory Council met in New Orleans over Halloween during the APME/APPM conference. Since they didn’t have a meeting room of their own, they took over an empty room reserved for APME bigwigs. The Kalish is known for innovation.

Like squatters, they sat in plush purple chairs, pirated the wireless, and drank ice water. After hours of vigorous eyebrow raising they found ways to integrate the Web into nearly every exercise, presentation and discussion.

Here’s what you can expect now from the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop:

  • Five days of hands-on Web/print exercises, discussions, interactive presentations, and critiques on subjects including: news judgment, different editing approaches to Web and print, assignment editing, selecting/pairing pictures, building audio/slide shows, caption writing, and legal issues. If it sounds exhausting, that’s because it is.
  • You’ll be expected to take a real news budget, handle breaking news, make and justify news decisions about posting to the Web, and design page one. You’ll be expected to take a wide edit of pictures, stories, and audio and to produce an audio/slide show for the Web and a picture page for the newspaper.
  • You’ll be expected to participate in challenging discussions concerning the impact of shrinking resources as new organizations reinvent themselves and move aggressively to the Web.

Bob Lynn teaching at The Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.There is more. A lot more. From originating assignments to presentation on the Web and in print, you’ll be challenged to find ways to manage the ripples caused by migrating visual storytelling to other platforms. Our curriculum reflects the reality of the industry today.

All work is critiqued by both faculty and fellow students. We value innovative decisions, as long as they can be defended. Decide and defend is a theme of the workshop.

The faculty consists of some of nation’s top prize-winning picture editors, new media producers, and skilled administrators. Most of them are pretty nice. The atmosphere is casual and we try to make ample time for all students to interact with faculty members. The facility at Ball State is state of the art. Past faculty members include: Kenny Irby, Sue Morrow, Brian Storm, J. Bruce Baumann, Geri Migielicz, Randy Cox, Mark Edelson, Bob Lynn, Patty Reksten, Eric Strachan, Jan Carroll, Bryan Moss, John Ahlhauser, John Rumbach, and Bill Gugliotta.

This year's Kalish Workshops are scheduled for June 1 through 6, and June 8 thorugh 13.

Other details:

  • Optional Indesign/Soundslides Introductory Day: It’s critical to be proficient in the basics of Adobe InDesign and Soundslides to participate in the workshop. Applicants who don’t know enough about this software program to design a page or produce a basic audio/slide show for the Web should sign up for the InDesign/Soundslides introductory session. We ask this so that you don’t spend more time fumbling with the computer than with thoughtful picture selection and creative design. The introductory session runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The regular workshop begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
  • Registration: The fee for the workshop is $650. The optional InDesign/Soundslides day is an additional $150. Applications require a deposit ($100 for the workshop; $25 for the introductory session). The balance is due on May 1 and no refunds can be made after that date.
  • Workshop Lodging: Students may elect to stay in one of the Ball State dorm rooms. The current rate for air-conditioned dorm rooms is $22.50 each, double occupancy, and $27 single per day. These have a shared bath. The university may raise these rates before next June, but the price hike should not be significant. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at Ball State’s Pittenger Student Center. A single room costs between $47 and $54. Reservations can be made by calling +1.765.285.1555. Other hotels are located near the Ball State campus, but students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the hotel.
  • Deadline: The application deadline is March 15, 2005. Those accepted into the workshop will be notified by April 15.
  • University Credit: Ball State University offers graduate level credit to Kalish participants. For information, contact Tom Price, photojournalism sequence coordinator, at [email protected].

As of this writing the Kalish Web site is under construction, but the dates posted are correct and the application form will work. We’re sorry for the inconvenience. Keep checking because we’re close to launching a redesigned Web site. Until then call or eMail me with any questions. Scott Sines, [email protected] or +1.901.529.5843.

Comments from Kalish student evaluations:

“The faculty was truly amazing. Friendly and accessible to questions and willing to spend time with the team.”

“As a non-photographer, I became more attuned to the deep thinking processes involved in selecting and editing photos.”

“I think it (the workshop) told me a lot about myself. A question to ask myself: Am I easy to work with and can I negotiate well? The news judgment ability was more or less reaffirmed. Now it is time to figure which direction to go now.”

“I feel very connected to the PJ world, and it is a well-kept secret on how this is the most KICK-ASS workshop a visual person could go to. One person planted the seed a year ago, but I had no idea this would be so life-changing, confidence building experience. Thank You.”