Registration Open For NPPA's 2010 Multimedia Immersion Workshop

DURHAM, NC – Registration is now open for the National Press Photographers Association's 2010 Multimedia Immersion workshop, and it will be limited to the first 40 applicants. As of today there are less than 10 seats left for this year's workshop.

NPPA's five-day hands-on Multimedia Immersion training be held May 18-22, 2010, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

The session is for visual journalists who are looking to expand and grow their multimedia skills using the latest technology. Multimedia Immersion 2010 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," workshop co-chairman Seth Gitner said.

NPPA has brought in the leaders in multimedia journalism to teach Multimedia Immersion 2010, and the workshop will continue its tradition of providing a 2:1 student to trainer ratio.

Multimedia Immersion 2010 students will be provided with computers and software to use for the week at the S.I. Newshouse School for Public Communications, and cameras will be provided by Canon. NPPA's instructors 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 equipment for students to use on site.

NPPA executive director Jim Straight 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 Multimedia Immersion 2010 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
  • Smiley Pool - Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
  • Will Yurman - Staff Photographer, Democrat & Chronicle
  • Gary O'Brien, Charlotte Observer
  • Evelio Contreras - Freelance
  • Steve Elfers - USA TODAY
  • Pam Chen - Open Society Institute
  • Meredith Birkett - Senior Multimedia Editor for Special Projects,
  • Matt Ford - Associated Press
  • Mike Schmidt - University of North Carolina
  • Tim Broekema - Western Kentucky University
  • Joe Weiss - SoundSlides
  • Scott Anger - Deputy Director of Video, Los Angeles Times
  • Wes Pope - formerly of The Rocky Mountain News
  • Sung Park - Syracuse University
  • Bruce Strong - Syracuse University
  • Will Sullivan - St. Louis Post Dispatch

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

Due to the growth of NPPA's Multimedia Immersion workshop and NPPA's Convergence workshop, this year the two workshops will be held in separate locations on different dates.