April 7 - April 12, 2019 at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.
Together, we can change the world, one story at a time.
You will work incredibly hard during this week long workshop but by graduation, you will have new tools to take your storytelling to the next level.
The program is designed for experienced TV and newspaper photojournalists, reporters and video journalists – anyone who tells stories with moving pictures, sound and words. If you attended the Oklahoma News Video Workshop, we pick up where they leave off.
This hands-on program is a mixture of classroom sessions combined with opportunities for participants to head out into beautiful central Texas and produce on-deadline stories that showcase what they’ve learned. There are regular assignment meetings where story ideas are evaluated and refined. Great emphasis is placed on developing a clear focus before shooting begins. Stories are produced under real-world deadlines. The finished stories are constructively critiqued by a faculty that includes some of the best reporters and visual journalists in the industry today.
- EVERYONE IS A PARTICIPANT
- SHOOT AND EDIT UNDER REAL WORLD DEADLINES
- CRITIQUES ABOUND
- LOW STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO
- CREATIVITY ON A DEADLINE
Lots of People Take Pretty Pictures. We will help you craft them into memorable stories.
April 7-April 12, 2019 || San Marcos, TX || Picking up where our News Video Workshop leaves off, the Advanced Storytelling Workshop enables you to take your stories to the next level. Designed for experienced television and newspaper photojournalists, reporters, and video journalists, this exciting week-long program will enhance your storytelling abilities and change your career for life!
The National Press Photographers Foundation and Advanced StoryTelling Workshop have teamed up to offer a scholarship to one NPPA member. The Foundation will provide $1,000 for expenses and the Workshop will waive the registration fee. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. Click here for the application form: https://nppf.org/nppf-advanced-storytelling-workshop-award/
- Individual Registration - $800 ($975 After Jan. 1, 2019)
- Individual Student Registration - $650 ($750 After Jan. 1, 2019)
- Team Registration - $1,600 ($1,950 After Jan. 1, 2019)
- Team Student Registration - $1,300 ($1,500 After Jan. 1, 2019)
*$145 Discount for NPPA members
Student registration is limited to full-time students. Valid Student ID is required at the registration desk. Participating students will need equipment (camera and editing) and a car to complete the two assignments they will be shooting during the week.
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.
Sunday Only - $65
Monday - $120
Tuesday - $120
Three-day-pass (Sun-Tue) - $275
Note: there is no member discount on the day passes: everyone pays the same rate
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 and assignments will be turned in here.
Our rate is $149. Be sure to use the code NPP (not NPPA) to receive this rate. You can register online at: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/SNMESES-NPS-20190406/index.jhtml Our room block is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and is held until March 8, 2019
Comfort Inn and Suites
Comfort Inn and Suites
1053 Clovis Barker Drive, San Marcos, TX, 78666, US
Phone: (512) 395-2063 Fax: (512) 395-2064
The Comfort Inn and Suites is conveniently located behind our host hotel in San Marcos. They have offered us a room rate of $130 a night. This rate is ONLY available over the phone and the National Press Photographers Association must be mentioned to obtain the rate. The discounted rate is available until March 1st, 2018 after which time rates will increase.
Several additional award winning faculty member will be announced soon!
Steve Sweitzer has over thirty years of broadcast TV news experience; shooting, writing, editing, field producing and operations management.
Among his numerous awards, he has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and taken a first place in the Associated Press reporting category. He is the owner of Sweitzer Productions, a multimedia services company. For fourteen years Steve taught a variety of courses for the Journalism Department at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; the school highest honor for a part-time faculty member.
He is a past president of the National Press Photographers Association and has received their Sprague Award, their highest honor for his achievements and contributions to the field of photojournalism.
Steve helped create this workshop and is its chair. He also chaired the Airborne TV Seminar and, with the assistance of the Poynter Institute, he created the Virtual Video Workshop.
Pat Holloway is the workshop’s Administrative Director. Her 30 year career has taken her all over the country gathering news, with stints in Lubbock Texas, San Antonio, Kansas City and now back to San Antonio. (do you want to list the stations?)
She has been part of some of the biggest stories in the century; camping out for months in a field in Waco Texas for the Branch Davidian siege, covering tornados in Joplin Missouri and Greensburg Kansas and following Bob Dole on the campaign trail.
She served on the Board of Directors of The National Press Photographers Association for several terms and has been involved in organizing several of the NPPA’s education programs (list some). She has served as the Administrative Director for The Advanced Storytelling Workshop for almost 20 years.
During his 34 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 150 visual storytelling workshops across North America, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand.
Boyd's work as a reporter has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, more than 100 regional Emmys, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple National Headliner, Sigma Delta Chi and Gabriel Awards. In 2017 Boyd was recognized with the National Edward R. Murrow Award for news writing, his 16th National Murrow Award. 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's stories are now shared with a national audience. He has covered some of the world's biggest stories, including the Las Vegas mass shooting, Hurricane Harvey, the deadly Wine Country wildfires and 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. In 2013 he joined NBC News as a correspondent based in Los Angeles, reporting for NBC Nightly News, TODAY and MSNBC.
Before joining the network, he reported for KING 5 News, the NPPA's Large Market Station of the Year, where he focused on in-depth reports and daily assignments. Joe also spent 6 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, which is his hometown. Early in his career, he worked at WTVF-TV in Nashville, WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wis. and WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY.
Joe's a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has been honored with 4 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the prestigious Writing Murrow in 2006. His awards shelf also includes 19 Regional Emmys, 11 Regional Murrows, two National Headliners and the Sigma Delta Chi Award.
Matt Pearl is the Chief of Storytelling and Development for WXIA-TV in Atlanta. On the air, he reports a weekly long-form franchise called Untold Atlanta and produces half-hour documentaries. Off the air, he specializes in 1-on-1 training and education and speaks regularly at conferences and workshops. Matt has won 24 Southeast regional Emmys, seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and is a four-time NPPA National Solo Video Journalist of the Year. He has reported from the Democratic Convention, presidential Inauguration, the World Series, two Super Bowls, and three Olympic Games.
Matt graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked at affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, NY before heading Atlanta. He runs the Telling the Story blog and podcast, and in 2016 he authored The Solo Video Journalist, a how-to book for aspiring MMJs.
Chad Nelson is 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. 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 again awarded 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.
Kristin Dickerson is an anchor, special projects reporter, and solo video journalist at NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Her work as a reporter has earned a National Edward R. Murrow award, while her work as a videographer has earned her four National Gracie awards.
Her goal as a teacher, is to share how listening to your senses can help guide which stories you tell and the soundbites you use to tell them, how to creatively utilize resources you might not see, and why it’s important to not wait to do the work you’re called to do.
Before coming to North Texas, Kristin worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 13 years. She started as an intern and worked her way to anchoring all four evening newscasts. It was then, when she caught the storytelling bug and voluntarily began shooting her own stories—seeking knowledge from co-workers willing to help. Her work as an MMJ in Tulsa, earned her her first EMMY for a series on faith and how it guides people’s lives.
Kristin graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism. While in Stillwater, she competed as a Division I student-athlete. She started as a walk-on freshman on the OSU Equestrian team and finished her senior year with an individual national championship as an all-around rider.
She grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Alicia Inns joined the Cedar Park Police Department as the Media and Communications Specialist in 2017. In this role, she manages all media inquiries and media relations for the department, including creating program launches, marketing and advertising campaigns and sharing the departments stories through various social media outlets.
Inns has an extensive career working in the media as a local TV news reporter. She started out at KTVZ-TV in Bend, Oregon working as a reporter and evening anchor from 2010 through 2014. Alicia then moved to Austin and reported for KXAN-News through 2017. During her time there, she won a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Award for best feature story. Inns was also nominated and chosen as one of the reporters to cover the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil performing live reports for 12 different stations across the country.
As a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Broadcast Journalism, Alicia is a proud duck fan and is frequently seen sporting the green and yellow. Though she misses the mountains and “seasons” in Oregon, Alicia is proud to have called Central Texas home for the last five years.
Anne Herbst is the Director of Visual Journalism at KUSA in Denver, where she is honored to lead one of the best photography staffs in the country. She balances that with MMJing, and covers mostly human interest stories for the station. After many years in the news business, she's happy to show viewers the lighter side of Colorado.
Anne has spent most of her professional career in Denver, following a path that’s hopped from KUSA to the Denver Post to KDVR and right back home to KUSA. During her career, Anne has been honored with four national Edward R. Murrow awards, dozens of Heartland Emmys, NPPA Solo Video Journalist of the Year, and was runner up for National Press Photographer of the Year. Most of her awards are the result of working at KUSA with some of the best in the business—and being encouraged by her station to follow her heart and tell stories that hopefully make people proud to live in Colorado.
When she's not travelling the state telling stories, Anne and her husband Steve are either hiking with their awesome dog Stella, biking, skiing, or drinking Colorado craft beer.
Steve Sweitzer - Workshop Director
Pat Holloway - Workshop Coordinator
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