Multimedia Immersion Workshop on the Horizon for Registered Students

With their coaches nearby for support, NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop students at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University spent time editing the stories they've been shooting the past couple of days. "The Herg" is a beehive of activity as the students work late putting the final touches on their video story to have it ready for the final show on Saturday. Photo/Eric Seals
With their coaches nearby for support, NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop students at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University spent time editing the stories they've been shooting the past couple of days. "The Herg" is a beehive of activity as the students work late putting the final touches on their video story to have it ready for the final show on Saturday. Photo/Eric Seals

By Adrienne Andrews ATHENS, GA (May 13, 2016) - Registration for the 10th annual NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop is now closed, but the workshop’s faculty still have some last minute preparation tips for the incoming 2016 class.

The workshop will take place during the week of May 17-21, 2016, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York. Coaches and speakers will cover a vast amount of hands-on material in those five days, so Multimedia Immersion Director Will Sullivan advises that incoming students get as much rest as possible before attending.

“It's called an immersion because we start from 8 in the morning and we go to at least 8 at night, sometimes later,” Sullivan said. “It's such an intense experience that we really just need people completely focused to afford the best experience possible."

The workshop will welcome students of all experience levels, from seasoned multimedia professionals to novice videographers, so having the right attitude when approaching other students and coaches is key to garnering the most out of the experience.

"What I wish for students to take away from the workshop is coming in, learning something brand new, getting out of their comfort zone, and getting into that place where the magic happens,” said Eric Seals, a multimedia journalist for the Detroit Free Press who is attending his fourth Immersion Workshop as a coach. “The best way to learn and grow with visual storytelling is to never be satisfied and never stay in that comfort zone.”

In addition to focus, rest and open-mindedness, students are encouraged to bring a few practical items along. Seals suggests that a padded seat cushion is advisable, as students will spend many hours sitting and editing video in front of a computer. A good set of headphones and a clean hard drive are also tools to pack for the week ahead.

Some familiarity with non-linear video editing using Premiere would also be useful, said Sullivan.

“We take students of all skill sets, people that are just starting out and people that have been in the craft for a long time and are looking to improve that skill set,” Sullivan said. “We don't have any prerequisites, but having a general understanding on non-linear video editing would be a good thing.”

In the past weeks the workshop directors have added several new coaches to the faculty, including CNN video journalist Mimi Schiffman, senior multimedia producer for NBC Universal John Brecher, video journalist for the Star-Ledger Amanda Marzullo, and assistant professor of photojournalism at R.I.T. Josh Meltzer.

For NPPA members who were unable to sign up for this year’s workshop, Multimedia Immersion will be posting to social media throughout the week to allow others to follow along. Using the hashtag #NPPAImmersion, the workshop will post videos and pictures to outlets including their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.

For further information about the Multimedia Immersion Workshop, visit the Web site at https://nppa.org/training/multimedia-immersion

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