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I’m in freakin’ boot camp! And loving it! KDMC Workshop at UC Berkeleyavatar

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I’m a lucky fellow in the Knight Digital Media Center workshop at UC Berkeley.

LA Times' Alana Semuels works on audio with George Hicks, of WUBR, Boston.

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.

UC Berkeley (daytime temp about 58 degrees, blue sky.

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:

Second from right: Ingrid Lobet, of Public Radio International, looks over some of the cool equipment.

Not-At-The-Beach. We’ll create an intimate report on the amusement park at nearby El Cerrito. It’s a nostalgic piece on a time’s past, a place that still features pinball machines and strange side shows.

I’d better get back. Will is talking about the future of phones.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

January 11th, 2011 at 9:43 am

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  1. SO AMAZING Daniel! You are at my Alma Mater! So excited to see, you are learning so much in such a short period of time! I can’t wait until you come back and teach us everything you are learning over there! Berkeley is spectacular (totally saying this without being too biased ;-) The campus has amazing views of San Francisco, the food is cheap (and super delicious) not to mention, Berkeley is the #1 Public University in the country. I am not surprised you are among some of the best reporters/journalists at the Grad School (including yourself). So proud to be your colleague! And enjoy yourself. Have a pizza for me at Jupiters on Shattuck Ave. :) Cheers!


    Cynthia Moreno

    11 Jan 11 at 10:46 am

  2. Yo, Cynthia.
    Yeah, some of the fellows got together at Jupiter’s last night. I had late-night donuts with Sacto TV personality, Suzanne Phan, last night. Cannot forget Top Dog!
    Everyone’s exhausted after 3 hours of shooting video, sound and still photos this afternoon. We started at 8:30 a.m. and back in our rooms at 9:30 p.m.
    We were introduced to Final Cut Pro, professional film-editing software, today. Tomorrow we edit our pieces.


    dan casarez

    11 Jan 11 at 10:24 pm

  3. please contact me as soon as you can

    email address:


    Hugo Ferrer

    15 Feb 11 at 9:48 am

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