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Introduction to Multimedia Story TellingThe Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism

Code: SDCMP001

Presenter: Sharron Lovell with assitance from Elles van Gelder

Venue: Computer Lab 3

Date: Tuesday April 2 – Saturday April 6 and Monday April 8 – Saturday April 13

Duration: 11 days

Style: Workshop involving mentored production of multimedia stories

Participants: 12

Course Outline:

Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling Full Course Outline

Prerequisite: Professional or semi-professional photographer with your own DSLR with video capacity. Targeted at DSLR users, but other equipment acceptable. Ideal to bring own computer with Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier Pro (at least in trial version). Computer can be provided.

Cost: R15,995 (ex VAT)

The advent of High Definition video in digital DSLR cameras along with web platforms to publish multimedia content has spawned a whole new field of journalism, the multimedia journalist. In

What content will be covered?

The Introduction to Multimedia Story Telling masterclass aims to build essential competency in the main components of multimedia journalism: Photography, Audio and Video and learn how to use them separately or in combination to tell multimedia stories.

Sharron Lovell is multimedia journalist and educator based in China. She lectures on the MA International Multimedia Journalism program at Beijing Foreign Studies University in collaboration with the University of Bolton, UK and has led photography workshops and training in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, as well as multimedia training for the Malaysian Press Institute and UNICEF Bangkok. Sharron is represented by two international photo agencies, Polaris Images and Shoot the Earth and her work has been published in National Geographic books, PBS, Newsweek, The Guardian, Global Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Independent and The Financial Times as well as UNICEF UK.

The Basic Introduction to Multimedia Journalism course is an intensive training workshop designed to equip participants with basic multimedia storytelling skills. The course will cover; photography, audio, video, social media and info graphics as well as editing software and techniques to produce and deliver short form Multimedia stories. The course starts by guiding students through the basic skills sets of photography, audio, and video before digging deeper into how to plan and approach a multimedia assignment. We consider the factors involved in selecting specific mediums for different stories as well as how to combine and compliment multiple media components to tell a single story. Training sessions comprise lectures and practical workshops, there will also be fieldwork to give students the chance to take learning out of the classroom and tackle a real assignment.

What will I gain?

Sharron regularly produces multimedia, multiplatform content on short assignment, and is well placed to understand the needs and demands of journalists working in today’s typical news environments. She encourages a ‘hands on’ way of working so that students leave with skills they can confidently extend into their own practice.

By the end of the course you should be able to produce competent pictures, shoot and edit simple video, and record digital audio, you’ll also learn how to publish, embed and distribute that work online. The skills you learn should be a valuable addition to your existing skills allowing you to choose and select a specific or a combination of media to continue telling important stories.

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