March 29 - April 3, 2020 at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.
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 storytelling toolbox, and some new mentors. Sound cool? It is, and here’s how we do it.
This is a hands-on conference, where you will shoot two stories in interesting and beautiful central Texas, and get instant feedback on your work. We will help you craft stories from pitch to final product. This workshop is designed for journalists with some experience, and is perfect for both reporter/photographer teams, and solo video journalists as well. 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!
Before February 1, 2020
NPPA Member $700
Non member $850
After February 1, 2020
NPPA Member $800
Non member $950
Day Pass Information
Prospective attendees who can't spare the full 6 days for the Workshop can also sign up for a day pass. 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.
Three-day pass (Sun-Tues) $275
*Sunday is a half day and is only included in the 3-day pass
Embassy Suites San Marcos - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Lane
San Marcos, Texas 78666
The official Workshop hotel is Embassy Suites by Hilton. The faculty will be staying here.
Our rate is $149. Register online:
You will be shooting two stories during the week-long session. That means you’ll need gear, editing equipment, and transportation. Many people rent cars at the airport in Austin. If you are a reporter and don’t typically shoot, we will pair you up someone who does. 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. Any questions about the logistics, please email Anne at [email protected].
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.
Joe Fryer is now sharing his stories with a national audience. As a correspondent for NBC News, his work appears on the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. He joined the network in 2013 and is based in Los Angeles.
As an NBC News correspondent, he has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories, including the Las Vegas mass shooting, Hurricane Harvey, multiple California wildfires and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He has also interviewed iconic celebrities like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and more.
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 the Writing Murrow. His awards shelf also includes 19 Regional Emmys, 11 Regional Murrow, 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...
Reshma Kirpalani is a twelve time Lone Star Emmy award-winning journalist. She currently works as a producer for McClatchy in Washington D.C. Before that she worked for the Austin American-Statesman, winning that newspaper’s first Lone Star Emmy award. Prior to that, she spent a summer at ABCNews.com in New York City while getting her photojournalism degree from the University of Texas.
While reporting locally in Austin, Reshma covered multiple national news stories, including Hurricane Harvey, the Austin bombings, and the Texas-Mexico border. In 2018, Reshma joined a crew of four on the campaign trail in Texas to cover Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz during that hotly-contested senate race. She helped to produce a six-part documentary series that was nominated for three Lone Star Emmy awards.
Reshma believes that ideas are queen. She loves finding inventive ways to add depth and relevance to all stories, from short documentaries about gentrification to multi-layered stories about police/community relations to light-hearted features about birds.
In 2019, Reshma moved to Washington DC. She now travels across the country producing high impact stories for McClatchy.
When she's not reporting, Reshma loves spending time in her hometown, Paramaribo, Suriname.
David Nolan is Regent’s Teacher, Associate Professor of Practice, and Mass Communication Program Coordinator in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in visual communication, media design, photojournalism, visual storytelling, digital video production, and user experience design in the School. He has taught at the university since 2003 and received a Ph.D. from Texas State in Education in 2012. Nolan's photography has won numerous awards and has been featured in publications such as: Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, New York Times magazine, Life, New York Newsday, Air Force magazine, Los Angeles Times, Airman Magazine, Torch magazine, countless books, websites and other media. In 2018 he was selected as a Regents' Teacher by the Texas State University System. In 2015 he was awarded the National Press Photographers Association Robin F. Garland Educator Award for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator and in the same year received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Texas State. In 2010 he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State and in 2008 he was recognized as the Honors Professor of the Year at the university. He has hosted and been on the faculty of the National Press Photographers Association’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop at Texas State since 2009. Nolan’s professional career as a U.S. Air Force military combat photographer and photography editor spanned 24 years and all seven continents. He was the director of photography for Airman Magazine, the official magazine of the United States Air Force for many years and was a staff photojournalist before that. His last assignment was to the Middle East where he deployed three days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to cover combat operations during the American invasion of Afghanistan before retiring from military service in 2003.
Dan Seed is a lecturer in the Electronic Media program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. He specializes in television news, visual storytelling, video production, sports media and media management following a career in local television news. He has an M.A. in Mass Communication from Texas State and a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
A native of Massachusetts, Dan worked as a news writer, news reporter and anchor, sports director, and sports anchor and reporter during a career that began at WHDH-TV in Boston and continued at KSWO-TV in Lawton, Oklahoma and KAGS-HD in Bryan, Texas. He is a three-time winner of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting for best sportscast (non-metro category) and a winner of the OAB Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting for spot news and general news. In 2018, he was selected as a 2018 NATPE faculty fellow.
In addition to his duties as a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication teaching undergraduate courses, Dan is the host of a university-produced podcast, Big Ideas, which is still in production and set to be released beginning in early 2020. He serves as the graduate program assistant for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was the grant co-coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's largest grant to date, a $448,800 grant to help the State of Texas connect with rural and low-income Medicare beneficiaries through improved methods of communication and engagement. His students have won numerous statewide awards for their documentary shorts, including the top prize in the documentary category in the 2019 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association contest.
Welcome to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. We're proud to be one of the largest and most innovative journalism and mass communication programs in the nation. With a vibrant and active faculty of scholars and professionals, we provide our students with the best training and preparation for productive and responsible careers in mass communication in the 21st century. The School is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This designation signifies excellence and commitment to high standards in professional journalism and mass communication education. We have more than 2,200 majors enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs—which makes the program one of the largest journalism and mass communication programs in the nation. Our academic curriculum is designed for students who want to learn cutting-edge communication skills and to develop a lifelong commitment to the responsibilities and privileges of being mass communicators in a high-tech, multicultural, global society. We provide students with a broad liberal arts education with a professional focus in six sequences: advertising, digital media innovation, electronic media, mass communication, journalism and public relations. We also offer courses and graduate concentrations in Latinos and media, online media, and strategic communication. The School's faculty offices, classrooms, high-tech media labs and administrative offices are located in historic Old Main, situated atop Chautauqua hill and overlooking the Texas State campus and the city of San Marcos.