Come join us October 2-7, 2022, in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
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
- AWARD-WINNING FACULTY KNOWN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR THEIR CREATIVITY, MENTORSHIP, AND STORYTELLING CHOPS
Beyond the hands-on stuff, you’ll also attend sessions taught by our fantastic 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!
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO
October 2-7, 2022
Before August 15, 2022
NPPA Member $700
Non member $850
After August 15, 2022
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.
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.
There will not be a conference hotel. There are many affordable hotels and rentals in Fort Collins, CO, including hotels near the Colorado State University campus. There will be no special events that happen at a hotel. If you have questions about lodging, please contact Anne Herbst at [email protected].
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 are a 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 and leading one of the most talented group of visual journalists in the universe, 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’ve won five national Murrows, a bunch of regional Emmys, I’ve been NPPA regional
POY several times, two-time national NPPA POY runner up, NPPA Solo Journalist of the year, and a lot of ribbons from my
competitive swimming days.
The important stuff comes now. I love telling stories, hiking with my husband Steve and dog Gidget, the San Juan mountains of
ColoRADo (and all mountains, really), craft beer, travel, and helping people become better journalists. ColoRADo. Say it with me.
During his 38-year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.
Boyd recently marked his 26th year at KARE TV in Minneapolis where he reports and produces the station's "Land of 10,000 Stories" segment. In addition to his reporting duties, Boyd serves as National Storytelling Coach for the 49 newsrooms of TEGNA, KARE’s owner.
Independently, Boyd has presented hundreds of visual storytelling workshops across the United States and abroad. He has served for more than two decades as a faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association.
Boyd's work as a reporter has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including 21 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, multiple National Headliner and Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Scripps Howard Award, the national Emmy for feature reporting and more than 130 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, 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. In 2022, he was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) and won a GLAAD Media Award for his reporting on HIV/AIDS. During his career, 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 four 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.
Tomas Hoppough is an award-winning Solo Video Journalist, and National Correspondent for E.W. Scripps. He has covered extensive breaking news stories on the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis, the Uvalde shooting and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
Tomas specializes in long form documentary style storytelling and produces in depth packages and documentaries for E.W. Scripps. Tomas has used the basics he’s learned and transitioned it to his long form produced content. He has also innovated his own style of storytelling to get to the heart of hard news topic — all at the speed of news.
Tomas believes in telling stories that have journalistic impact, and speaking with those directly affected by the story. He also believes in mastering the basics and foundations of storytelling on deadline to transition it to long form.
He’s earned multiple regional Emmys, a national Murrow, a Telly Award, a Communicator Award, 2020 NPPA General SVJ of the year, and multiple NPPA Best of Photography awards.
If you’ve thought about applying, Jaleesa Irizarry has probably worked there. Jaleesa is a multimedia journalist at KUSA in Denver, Colorado but not before making the rounds at a number of stations throughout the country.
With nearly a decade of experience, Jaleesa has worked as an MMJ in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas and now Colorado. In that time, she has racked-up a few Emmy nominations but way more career-altering lessons from the amazing photojournalists that have taken her under their wing.
Jaleesa takes pride in taking the ‘long route’ to get to her dream station and enjoys mentoring the next generation of storytellers.
Jaleesa is no stranger to the NPPA. She has previously attended the Women in Visual Journalism Workshop as well as the Advanced Storytelling Workshop.
Originally from the Northeast, Jaleesa is a graduate from Suffolk University in Boston. She got her first TV gig behind the camera at WBZ Boston as a news apprentice and sharpened her production skills as a video photographer and instant replay operator for the Boston Bruins and Celtics.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, emo shows, hanging out with her pup Benny and searching for the best New England IPAs in town. Jaleesa also loves to catch up with her favorite sports teams and considers herself a die-hard New York Yankee fan. As long as you’re not a Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox fan, you’re more than welcome to reach out to Jaleesa for any critiques or if you just want to talk about life as an MMJ (just kidding you can totally reach out to her even if you’re an Astros of Sox fan).