Multimedia Workshops

Sign up during the day to have your work critiqued in an open group session Thursday or Friday evening by members of the faculty. Please bring your work on an external or USB drive. Internet may not be available during the critiques. You don't have to show work to come watch, and participate - and you can drop in between portfolio reviews

In this workshop, led by Sonia Narang learn how to identify expressive, articulate characters and ask questions that will elicit interesting responses. You’ll master the art of getting your subjects to open up during an interview and directing them to answer questions in easy-to-understand soundbites. Learn interview strategies for different situations, from breaking news to long-form reporting. You'll become skilled at asking good follow-up questions and pulling out audio interview gems.

In this workshop led by Sonia Narang, learn how to effectively identify and record natural sound in a variety of environments, from windy fields to urban centers. We’ll go over how to use portable field recorders, handheld mics, and wireless mics to gather all kinds of sound, and how to record high quality audio while shooting with a DSLR camera. You’ll also learn how to pair audio with visuals to create a sense of place in your stories. Pick up techniques on using sound to effectively pace a story and mix layers of sound when editing your footage.

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order” – Author Unknown

Finding order in the chaos of a mass of video clips on a timeline is a struggle every new video editor faces. And no one wants to sit through two minutes or more of your chaos.  Whether you use Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to edit video, Eric Seals, a photo and video journalist at the Detroit Free Press, will show a variety of ways to make the editing process less stressful for you with a better result in the end for your viewers.

Topics will include:

  • Getting organized and staying focused.
  • Story structure and pacing.
  • The tedious but time–saving task of transcribing interviews.
  • Getting your finished product seen by more people.
  • Going beyond handing your video to the web team. You can do more than that!

With video storytelling there are so many ways for you to be your own visual advocate when others won’t be. It’s not always in their job description but it should always be in yours. This workshop will show you those ways.


Over the past few years GoPro cameras have taken the country by storm.  You can’t turn on the TV without seeing someone somewhere wearing one on their head.  For visual journalists the $400 camera can be a good tool to have in your kit – but there is a fine balance between gimmicky and getting the max out of the camera.

Eric Seals, a photo and video journalist for the Detroit Free Press, has been using GoPro’s for more than four years. In this workshop he will share his tricks, tips and best practices for using these remarkable cameras.  He’ll show how to remove the “fish-eye” effect and demonstrate some must-have accessories that can be bought or built – from a collapsible pole that extends the reach of the GoPro to Ikea egg timers for time lapse to mounting a camera on a quadcopter.

You’ll walk away knowing how GoPro’s can help visually hook your viewers but what keeps your audience engaged are strong characters and the story you tell.


In this hyperkinetic media landscape, how do we find the time to slow down and uncover the stories that truly merit our thought, creativity and attention? And assuming we even find those stories, how do we decide how best to share them? Noah Rosenberg will discuss Narratively's unique "slow storytelling" approach and how his platform grew, in just over a year, from a successful Kickstarter project to a network of over 500 contributors who comb the world unlocking the human interest stories that mainstream media aren't finding.

As digital platforms carry more of the distribution burden for traditional news organizations, rich media becomes an opportunity for photojournalists to engage in multimedia storytelling. This workshop offers a “big picture” perspective of how journalists are sharpening their skills to offer a richer online experience to viewers.

Led by Greg Moyer, founder of Blue Chalk Media, this session is less of a “how to” than a discussion about why print and broadcast industries are converging. Moyer, a photojournalist before leading a 25-year career in cable television, started Blue Chalk to innovate in the field of visual storytelling. The session will feature several examples of video projects that push the photojournalist into the role of filmmaker.

The editor at your newspaper hands you an assignment, and as you're walking out the door adds "Oh yeah, get some video while you're there." How do we shoot and edit compelling videos while "feeding the beast" of the daily newspaper, and still make it home from the office at a reasonable hour?  Workshop leader Peter Huoppi