As with everything in 2020/2021, events can be cancelled. We are working with Colorado State University and their pandemic team to create the safest experience possible, if the Colorado Department of Public Health permits it. We feel good about our chances of being able to put on this smaller workshop in October 2021. That said, we will not be able to take on unlimited registrants, and there will be preference to those who register in advance for the week-long program. Registration is now open for week-long participants. The day pass registration will be added at a later date. Remember, we will do what’s safe and permissible in October, and this conference could be cancelled if we can’t find a safe way to continue. We will hold a highly-discounted, smaller, virtual conference October 23rd, if we have to cancel the in-person event. In the event of a cancellation, anyone enrolled in the 2021 event will be able to attend the virtual workshop, and be given enrollment priority for the spring 2022 event.
First things first. You will work hard. Simple as that. But isn’t that how it always goes with things that are worthwhile?
By the time your week with us is over, you will have new skills, new tools in your video storytelling toolbox, and some new mentors. Sound cool? It is, and here’s how we do it.
This is a hands-on conference for anyone who works with video, where you will shoot two stories in amazing northern Colorado, and get instant feedback on your work. We will help you craft video stories from pitch to final product. This workshop is designed for video journalists with some experience, and is perfect for both reporter/photographer teams, and solo video journalists as well. Do you work with video? We’ve got you covered.
- ALL WEEK-LONG ATTENDEES ARE PARTICIPANTS
- YOU’LL CRAFT STORIES UNDER REAL-WORLD DEADLINES
- FEEDBACK IS YOUR FRIEND—AND YOU’LL GET IT!
- LOW STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO
- FACULTY KNOWN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR THEIR CREATIVITY AND STORYTELLING CHOPS
Beyond the hands-on stuff, you’ll also attend sessions taught by our award-winning faculty. Some of the absolute best in the business will be on hand to teach you what they know, and the feedback you receive from them will change your work and the way you think about video storytelling.
So what are you waiting for? Change your storytelling game!
If safety allows: Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO
October 17-22, 2021
October 23, 2021 if we move online
*The paid registration link will be sent on 8/31 to all pre-registered attendees
Before September 1, 2021
NPPA Member $700
Non member $850
After September 1, 2021
NPPA Member $800
Non member $950
Day Pass Information
Attendees who can't spare the full 6 days for the Workshop can also sign up for a day pass if space permits. Day passes are only available for the first three days (Sunday–Tuesday), and will only cover the classwork: day pass attendees will not shoot or edit assignments, and registration preference will be given to week-long participants. Registration will open to week-long participants first. Keep an eye out for day pass registration on our Facebook page.
Three-day pass (Sun-Tues) $275
*Sunday is a half day and is only included in the 3-day pass
Schedule TBA, but it will be packed with workshops, feedback, and hands-on learning. In the event of a cancellation of an in-person event, we will hold a small, virtual event complete with multiple online presentations and feedback for participants.
Conference hotel TBA. There are many affordable hotels in Fort Collins, CO, including hotels near the Colorado State University campus.
The closest airport is Denver International Airport. It’s about one hour from CSU in Fort Collins.
In the event of an in-person workshop, you will be shooting two stories in and around Fort Collins, CO, during the week-long session. That means you’ll need gear, editing equipment, and transportation. Everything you need to turn two stories. We’d suggest renting a car at the airport in Denver. If you are a reporter and don’t typically shoot, we will pair you up someone who does. If you area photographer who doesn’t typically write or track, we can find you a partner too—or you can take a stab at MMJ life for a week! Reporters, photographers, and MMJS can benefit from this workshop, and we will do our best to pair you with a partner if you aren’t able to come with someone you typically work with.
Anne Herbst—ASW director
Additional award winning faculty members will be announced soon!
I’m the director of the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop, the Director of Visual Journalism at KUSA-TV in Denver, and the director of my 7th grade play about hippies living in Wisconsin. Don’t ask.
When I’m not directing things, I write/shoot/edit/produce stories at KUSA that take me all around the state of Colorado—or as I call it—ColoRADo. Totally different pronunciations. I believe local news can make viewers proud to live in their state, and I try to do that with every story I report and shoot.
Here’s the annoying awards section. I have four national Murrows, a bunch of regional Emmys, I’ve been NPPA regional POY several times, national NPPA POY runner up, NPPA Solo Journalist of the year, and a lot of ribbons from my competitive swimming days. My hair occasionally emits phantom chlorine smells.
The important stuff comes now. I love telling stories, hiking with my husband Steve and dog Stella, the San Juan mountains of ColoRADo, craft beer, travel, helping people become better journalists, and laughing loudly with my friends.
ColoRADo. Say it with me.
During his 35-year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.
In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station's weekly "Land of 10,000 Stories" segment.
Boyd has also presented more than 200 visual storytelling workshops across North America and in Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. In addition, Boyd has served for two decades as a faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and held each spring at Texas State University.
Boyd's work as a reporter has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including 19 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, multiple National Headliner and Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Scripps Howard Award, the national Emmy for feature reporting and 120 regional Emmys. Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association. Also in 2016, Boyd was inducted into the Emmy Silver Circle, recognizing career contributions to the television industry.
Prior to his arrival at KARE in 1996, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated with a journalism degree from UW-River Falls, where he was named the university's 2013 distinguished alumnus.
After more than 20 years in the business, Joe Fryer decided to try something different. He’s the morning anchor for NBC News Now, the network’s streaming channel. The platform might be new, but Joe still embraces the storytelling traditions that have shaped his career.
In addition to anchoring, Joe continues to tell stories for NBC News, reporting for TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. He joined the network in 2013, spending seven years based in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 2020.
As an NBC News correspondent, he has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories, including the Las Vegas mass shooting, Hurricane Harvey, multiple Western wildfires and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He has also interviewed iconic celebrities like Tom Hanks, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts and many more.
Joe has one more title at NBC: professor. He teaches writing classes within the network and developed a storytelling course for NBCU Academy, a multiplatform training and development program. He’s passionate about teaching and joined the NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop faculty in 2013.
Prior to joining NBC, Joe was lucky enough to report for three different NPPA Stations of the Year: KING-TV in Seattle, KARE-TV in Minneapolis and WTVF-TV in Nashville. At each of these places, he learned from the best photojournalists and reporters in the business.
Joe’s a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has been honored with four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one for writing. His awards shelf also includes 19 regional Emmys, 11 regional Murrows, two National Headliners and three Sigma Delta Chi Awards. At the network level, he has been nominated for three national Emmys.
Background in journalism? No.
Sequencing? PKG? Huh?
She did what?
With a business degree, Tiffany left a cushy corporate marketing job to pursue her curiosity of journalism. Turns out, she fell in love with this risky move.
In just over four years, she learned the industry hands-on in California, Louisiana, Iowa and Oklahoma before landing a job at WFAA in Dallas, Texas.
She’s proud to haul around her gear, turning down “reporter” positions for MMJ spots. Tiffany loves the whole process and believes it makes her a stronger journalist. She’s been able to tell stories around the world. Her most memorable experience was soloing in Haiti.
When Tiffany is not busy turning daily stories, you’ll find her on a plane/beach/mountain, with her dogs, holding a camera, or all of the above.
Good storytelling brings people to life, great storytelling keeps them alive forever.
Chad Nelson is a two-time National Press Photographer of the Year. A Minnesota native, Chad grew up in Elk River, MN. He studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead and quickly launched his professional career at WDAY in Fargo, ND. It was at WDAY under the mentorship of reporter Kevin Wallevand that a passion for storytelling began. With a constant curiosity of the human condition, Chad began working on his craft to highlight the beautiful people he would meet.
In 2010, Chad moved to Minneapolis after accepting a photojournalism job at KSTP in St. Paul. At KSTP, Chad expanded his storytelling skills with an attention to lighting and graphics, breathing life into stories that were less visual. In 2014, he took a job at KARE 11 in Minneapolis where he constantly focuses on the art of storytelling while looking for new technologies to bring storytelling to life on all platforms.
In 2017, Chad was awarded with top honors by the National Press Photographers Association, winning both the Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year.
In 2018, Chad was awarded with top honors by the National Press Photographers Association, winning the Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year.
Outside of storytelling, Chad creates memories with his wife Cassie, his son Conway, daughter Campbell, and his two dogs, Canon and Cedar.
Being a journalist of Russian descent has always inspired jokes. The drinking ones. Good news -with recent world developments the jokes have been diversified and I’ve been able to take advantage of the situation to break the ice during tough-to-start interviews.
Tough-to-start interviews, or difficult-to-get ones, somehow became my specialty during 12 years at KUSA/9NEWS in Denver.
The walking to school up hill in snow both ways- was certainly the training ground.
See what I did there?
But seriously, somewhere during my time at 9NEWS I was assigned to cover crime and courts. My official title was “Crime and Justice Reporter.” I fought that assignment, it seemed like it would be a lot of sadness. And it was. But it also was also about giving victims voices, giving them their power back and finding ways to cover crime that made the community care. I’ve done some investigative stories that’s made a difference. Lesson there was – trust my boss, (sometimes) because she could see what I am good at when I didn’t.
Covering crime also taught me the importance of self-care, which I talk about any chance I get. I don’t think we do that enough as a profession. No one certainly taught me that in journalism school. And with the growing number of mass tragedies we all cover, self-care is more important than ever.
Working with great journalists at the best station leads to some awards. That’s what you’re supposed to mention in the bio. So here, I did.
Over my near 20-year journalism career, I’ve covered the plight of orphans in Siberia, Olympics in Russia, too many difficult stories to count. But as hard, frustrating, cuss-across-the-newsroom as this job is – this nosy, loud, curious ex-Russian, can’t imagine doing anything else.
I've never made a bio of myself in my entire life but...here it goes. I have three passions in life: the Cleveland Indians, hatch green chili and telling stories that matter. I am a photojournalist at KDVR in Denver, Colorado. I've had the honor and pleasure of telling stories there since joining the staff in October 2013. I guess you could say I'm the jack of all trades. I shoot general assignment, breaking news, features and long format in-depth pieces. Storytelling during breaking news is one of my favorite things to do. While out in the field, I try to excel by capturing moments in unexpected places. I pair passionate storytelling with extreme attention to detail with audio and video editing to produce stories that viewers will remember and talk about the next day at the water cooler. Before moving to Colorado, I spent 7 years as a news and sports photographer at KOB-TV in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I still love shooting sports whenever I can. In 2019, I was honored as a National Press Photographers Association Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year Finalist. I have numerous NPPA quarterly contest placings and Best of Photojournalism awards, 9 regional Emmys, 2 New Mexico Broadcasters Association Golden “Mike” awards and 2 Colorado Broadcasters Association awards. Whenever I'm not telling stories, you can find me with my amazing wife traveling the world (Ok traveling is probably my fourth passion) or playing at the park with our dog Brady. Just whatever you do, don't bring up the 2016 World Series to me GAH!!! Stupid rain delay...
Chris Hansen loves being alongside his camera. Alongside his camera on a tripod really.
Chris is the Senior Photojournalist at KUSA in Denver, Colorado. For nearly a decade he’s been producing stories for one of the best photo shops in the country.
When it comes to trying a new technique (or new to him) out on a story, he’ll always give it a go. Time-lapse? Still piece? After Effects? Slow motion? Need a live shot? In a Sat truck?
Let’s give it go!
During his time at KUSA he’s been part of three NPPA Large Market Station of the Year staffs and in 2021 was named NPPA Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year.
During his free time, you’ll catch him on a bike, on a mountain or on a mountain bike.