UNC Multimedia Bootcamp Is A Hands-On Experience

Feb 15, 2005

The fourth annual Multimedia Bootcamp, a six-day intensive course in audio, video, and Flash Web development, will be held May 7-13 2005 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.

The workshop features presentations by leading producers from The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, USA Today, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The sessions will feature detailed instruction in multimedia storytelling. Classroom sessions taught by leading professionals include audio and video storytelling and editing, advanced Adobe PhotoShop techniques, Web design and usability, and Flash techniques for journalists. The workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis.

The Bootcamp will open on Saturday evening, May 7, with a traditional North Carolina barbecue followed by a presentation by Howard Finnberg, "The Future is Here… It’s Just Not Widely Distributed." Finnberg currently directs News University, the Poynter Institute’s e-learning project. He has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and new media at the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Arizona Republic, as well as consulting on issues of new media and technologies.

On Sunday through Friday, hands-on classes meet throughout the day in the School’s state-of-the-art multimedia lab. Each student will have an Apple G5 workstation and access to digital audio and video content gathering and editing hardware. The classes include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises, and are taught by some of the leading multimedia journalism practitioners and educators in the industry.

Each day, the classes break from noon to 2 p.m. for a catered lunch and a presentation by a leading practitioner. The speakers include: Juan Thomassie, senior designer, USA Today; Don Wittekind, graphics director, South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Tom Kennedy, managing editor for multimedia, WashingtonPost.com; Geoff McGhee, enterprise editor, NYTimes.com; and Ashley Wells, senior producer, MSNBC.

The workshop is open to anyone who has an interest in multimedia storytelling. Because of the large number of faculty members and the limited enrollment, participants work at their own pace and receive as much personal attention as needed. Participants work on individual and team projects and the faculty is readily available to answer questions. All class sessions also include detailed handouts that will be invaluable for taking lessons back to individual newsrooms.

For more information and registration materials please see www.ibiblio.org/bootcamp or contact UNC professor Rich Beckman atrbeckman@unc.edu for details.