I’m a lucky fellow in the Knight Digital Media Center workshop at UC Berkeley.
It’s a weeklong boot camp on the bleeding-edge of technology associated with multimedia reporting. The KDMC has designed specific workshops to help journalists expand on their storytelling through various multimedia platforms.
Great hosts and speakers. And I’m surrounded by award-winning journalists!
Hosting is Lanita Pace-Hinton, Jerry Monti, Jeremy Rue, Paul Grabowics, Len de Groot, Scot Hacker, and Alisha Diego Klatt, the staff and instructors training tomorrow’s journalists at the Graduate School of Journalism. Several grad students are assisting.
Did I mention this entire thing is free? Every workshop is sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and partnered with the USC Annenberg School for Communication. What does this mean to the fellows? Everything is paid!! Publishers: Imagine how much this would cost?
The 20 fellows, who were selected from 120 applications, include my lab partners, Alana Semuels (Los Angeles Times), Madeleine Baran (Minnesota Public Radio) and Ingrid Lobet (Public Radio International). Some other fellows are Jill Bennett, the weekend host on CKNWW980 in Canada, Cyres Griffiths, an English woman and TV editor for the BBC, Suzanne Phan, who speaks four languages, and who works at News10 KXTV in Sacramento.
The presentations about this next phase of journalism is truly inspiring. There’s humor in the reality about current journalism practices and the transition from industry experts to the new methods. These innovative methods for storytelling include the use of audio, video, still photos, slideshows, hybrids (still and moving video) and graphs. Print media is, without a choice, now includes the Web, and multimedia reporting.
“Grabs” (Grabowicz), the associate dean for new media at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Monti, an award-winning multimedia producer who has worked at AOL, Rue, a valley boy who once worked at the Selma Enterprise, was a Dorothea Lange fellow in 2007 for his photo documentary on farmworkers in the Central Valley, and all the guest presenters have been passionate about journalism.
Presenters include Gary Reyes, photojournalist from San Jose Mercury News, Corey Takahashi, independent journalist and producer, and Will Sullivan, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism fellow and expert on mobile reporting.
After 2 days of instruction and some truly fantastic food, and great weather too (daytime temp of 57 degrees, blue sky with few clouds), we’ll begin working on pre-assigned reporting today.
We’ll edit using Final Cut Pro. We’ll record sound on Marantz flash recorders and edit using sound-editing software.
Alana, Madeleine, Ingrid, and I, have been assigned to create a multimedia presentation on Playland:
I’d better get back. Will is talking about the future of phones.