April 8 - April 13, 2018 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 8-April 13, 2018 || 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!
- Individual Registration - $800 ($975 After Jan. 1, 2018)
- Individual Student Registration - $650 ($750 After Jan. 1, 2018)
- Team Registration - $1,600 ($1,950 After Jan. 1, 2018)
- Team Student Registration - $1,300 ($1,500 After Jan. 1, 2018)
*$145 Discount for NPPA members
Student registration is limited to full-time students. Valid Student ID is required at the registration desk.
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-NPP-20170401/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG Our room block is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and is held until March 2, 2018
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.
Boyd Huppert recently marked his 27th year as a reporter, including 15 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis. During that time Boyd has become widely known for his work as a storyteller and teacher.
Boyd has presented more than 100 storytelling sessions – many with KARE photojournalist Jonathan Malat – at venues including Poynter Institute, National Writers Workshop, Danish Broadcasting, TV New Zealand and NRK in Oslo, Norway. He’s been part of the faculty at NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop for more than a decade.
Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Prior to his arrival at KARE, he spent time at WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin, KETV in Omaha and WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Boyd and his wife Sheri have two sons, Sam and Matt, in college.
Boyd’s work has earned some of broadcast journalism’s top honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the National Headliner Grand Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi awards and fourteen National Edward R. Murrow Awards. Boyd is also a five-time recipient of the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting.
Few others have experienced life as a journalist the way John C.P. Goheen has; having covered virtually every type of natural disaster to include a deadly tsunami, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornados and more. He has covered many major national and international stories often working alone in harsh and high-risk environments. These assignments have garnered him countless accolades to include being named the National Press Photographer of the Year 3 consecutive times.
Goheen is well known for his unique style of storytelling…merging great images with great sound…no matter the topic. His work has served as an example to many current day one-man-bands as a model of how to work alone to achieve success while presenting powerful and engaging stories.
Today Goheen splits his time between freelancing and teaching. In 2010, he became a full-time faculty member of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication where he teaches video production and documentary filmmaking.
“I love my job. It is an honor and privilege to tell stories in our community. Meeting people and sharing their passion. I love to create.”
Jonathan Malat is currently “Ledende Fotograf” (Director of Photography) of TV2 Danmark, Jonathan helps mentor, inspire and create alongside TV2’s staff of 60 photographers, a job he started in October 2015.
Prior to moving to Europe, Jonathan Malat was the Director Of Photography at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, where he worked for 20 years.
Jonathan Malat has been named the National Television News Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1998, 2002 and 2014. Jonathan’s photography has also been featured on 12 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, over 90 Emmys, and over 100 National N.P.P.A. awards. He also has been a part of 8 National Station of the Year staffs.
In addition to creating daily news content, Jonathan was also the primary photographer for Boyd Huppert’s Land of 10,000 Stories for 19 years. A feature segment at KARE that Jonathan and Boyd started as a way to work more consistently together on meaningful stories in their community while honing their craft of storytelling.
Huppert & Malat’s passion for storytelling and teamwork has allowed them to share the knowledge of their craft at the National Writers Workshop, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, TV New Zealand, Denmarks Radio, TV2(DK), and NRK in Norway. Jonathan and Boyd are also longtime faculty members at the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring in San Marcos, Texas.
Jonathan resides in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Joe Fryer's stories are now shared with a national audience. 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 15 Regional Emmys, 11 Regional Murrows, two National Headliners and the Sigma Delta Chi Award.
Scott Rensberger has been in the TV news business for more than 25 years and has done just about everything. From the beginning, he has been a one-man-band.
Rensberger has worked extensively throughout Europe and has produced stories in all 50 US states, all 10 Canadian provinces and every corner of Mexico. His work as aired from Denmark to Australia to Japan. From Spain to Norway to Seattle. The BBC calls Scott Rensberger, "The best video journalist in the world."
Rensberger has won a National IRE for "Investigative Journalism" and has also been named "POY" by the National Press Photographers Association.
On the side, Rensberger works as a consultant and has trained thousands of journalists in more than 30 countries.
Alicia Inns caught the attention of the Advanced StoryTelling Workshop faculty with the one-man-band stories she produced during the 2015 workshop. They awarded her the coveted "Most Memorable Story Award” for a story about a woman who shouts “pizzaaaaaaa!.” She is a multimedia journalist who started her career in Bend, Oregon, shooting, writing and editing her own work for KTVZ. After 4 years, she traded in her skis for cowboy boots and headed south. Now, Alicia continues her multimedia work for KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas.
Alicia will offer insights on “doing it all” and still creativity meeting the daily deadline. She's also an avid tap dancer, who went to Vegas to compete in the National Competition -- seriously.
Scott has been a speaker, teacher and contest judge at television photography and journalism gatherings from one end of the country to the other.
Scott worked in Seattle as KING-TV’s director of photojournalism. Partly due to Scott’s influence, KING’s photojournalism staff was a National Press Photographers Association finalist for the Large Market Station of the Year award in five straight years. Their team won the title twice in that time period, and twice more they were honored as the SOY runner-up. Himself a two-time winner of the Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year award, at KING Scott managed photographers who were Ernie Crisp finalists more than a dozen times. Twice a photojournalist on the KING staff won the honor. Another was a runner-up. The photo staff was vital in KING winning the 2015 National Murrow for Overall Excellence.
Perhaps the greatest learning takes place in a one-on-one setting. Scott keeps in touch with several reporters, MMJs and photojournalists to help develop skills on an individual level. The foundational lesson he wants to impart is that video journalists need to make the right choices in the moment of storytelling. It’s all about the story! The most compelling storytelling incorporates high quality technique and compelling subject matter that come together as the story unfolds in front of the journalist.
Steve Sweitzer - Workshop Director
Pat Holloway - Workshop Coordinator
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. We have more than 1,700 majors enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs — which makes the program one of the largest journalism and mass communication programs in the state of Texas – and the nation. Overall, Texas State University has more than 34,000 students and is located in San Marcos, a growing community of 50,000 people about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. Located on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River and the stately cypress and pecan trees on the campus adds to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting. Our location on the banks of the San Marcos River provides recreational activities for students throughout the year. Journalism Building at Texas State The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 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 five sequences: advertising, electronic media, mass communication, journalism and public relations. We also offer courses and graduate concentrations in Latinos and media, online media, andstrategic communication. Student Center - Home of the Advanced StoryTelling Workshop Our School provides professional student-operated media to the campus and community, including the Daily University Star newspaper; KTSW-FM, a 10,500 watt radio station; Bobcat Update, a twice weekly newscast airing on local cable; and Bobcat PRomotions, a student public relations agency serving clients on and off campus. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University is accredited by ACEJMC – a designation earned through excellence and commitment to high standards in professional journalism and mass communication education and earned by only 20 percent of JMC programs in the county.