The 10 Best Multimedia Training Opportunities

In an effort to help you with your continuing education in the art of multimedia, I wanted to post a few workshop opportunities that I highly recommend. My recommendations come from my personal experience  teaching at one of the listed workshops OR being very familiar with the trainers. I know these are quality experiences and worth your time and especially your money.

But before I list them, let me plug my own workshop!

October 22nd, 2011 in San Francisco

Mission Bay – 1675 Owens St., SF

$50 to $99 early bird before Sep 1st!

I’ll be teaching a workshop on mobile phone (iPhone) photography. To my knowledge it’s the first mobile phone conference of it’s kind, so if you are in the Bay Area, register now, more info here:


Ok here are my recommendations in no particular order:


Chandler Griffin of Barefoot Workshop


Documentary Workshops

United States

Marfa, Texas

August 14-27, 2011

2-Week Documentary – Marfa, Texas

Tuition: $2,239.00 (housing not included)

Download full description (PDF 324k)


2011 Dates and Location Set

Run by : Tim Broekema

The 2011 Mountain Workshops will take place Oct. 18-22 in Somerset, Ky. We will be able to begin accepting applications for enrollment on July 1. Until then please be sure to visit our ABOUT page to watch videos on the Workshops, read more about our annual documentary event and see our FAQ’s.

On July 1 return to our web site and visit the APPLICATION page and instructions will be posted for how to enroll.

Space is limited so early application is encouraged.


The cost will be:

Photojournalism or Picture Editing Workshop

$625 prior to Sept.



Run by: Brian Storm


Advanced Multimedia Workshop

Collaborate with a team and go from concept to completed multimedia project in one week. Work as a field reporter, editor, or observer. Workshop #11 in New York City
November 12-18, 2011 *Apply By: September 16, 2011




Aug 28 – Sep 3

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Dive further into the tools and methods of multimedia storytelling

Building on the Introduction to Multimedia workshop, Intermediate Multimedia explores the most commonly used tools of multimedia storytelling in greater depth. Students find, shoot and produce multimedia stories using still and video cameras during a week that includes intense daily critiques, lectures and demonstrations.

Students learn the basics of shooting video interviews and setting up audio for those interviews. Principals of integrating stills and audio with video are also discussed in detail. Additionally, students are introduced to Apple’s Final Cut Pro as a means to edit and produce the stories they shoot.

Students should have a strong grasp of photography before attending this class. Students are also encouraged to have a basic understanding of video principles, audio content gathering and Final Cut Pro workflow.



Ok you got me, not so much a workshop, but looks like a killer conference with some great dataviz pre-conference offerings

SND STL offers Data Visualization Graphics Workshop in partnership with IRE

07.10.11   //   by Will Sullivan   //   Blog, Conference information, Speaker & Session Announcements  //

We’re busting-at-the-seams excited to announce our next partnership and pre-conference workshop, a Data Visualization Graphics Workshop with the Investigative Reporters & Editors. The day-long workshop will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29th, before the SND STL conference begins. You can register for the Graphics workshop on the same page that you can register for the conference, right here. Also as part of the partnership with IRE, their members can now get $100 off registration for SND STL!



This one just ended, but worth keeping on your radar for next year!





The Backpack Video Storyteller (B432B-11)

Sep 19, 2011 – Sep 23, 2011
Apply By:

Aug 17, 2011


More journalists in all media are shooting their own video as well as reporting their own stories. In this jam-packed, hands-on seminar, you will learn how to shoot and edit, and you will produce several stories.

We will teach you how to edit video using Final Cut Pro. You will learn the fundamentals of light, motion, sequencing, natural sound and character development. We also will teach you the ethics of video storytelling and editing, and how telling video stories online is different from television.

We provide Canon XH A1 cameras as well as DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras for those who want to learn to shoot video using that format. We also provide all of the editing software and computers you will need while at Poynter. We encourage you to bring to the seminar the video gear that you use on the job.

You’ll learn:

  • How to use a video camera and tell professional-looking stories
  • To capture, upload and edit video using Final Cut Pro
  • To employ video storytelling principles including motion, sound, lighting, transitions and composition
  • Why remarkable sound can set your storytelling apart
  • To think “visually” for the Web
  • How to find and capture memorable moments and characters in your stories
  • The ethical decisions to consider when editing video and audio
  • How to file stories quickly, even when you are working alone with sparse resources

Questions: E-mail

Who Will Benefit:
Broadcast reporters, photojournalists and still photographers who need to learn video and newsroom managers who want to raise their multimedia literacy

Price: $1,150.00


9. The Kalish

10. ONA Online News Association

ONA11 schedule drops: Three days of journalism, tech and togetherness in Boston

The ONA11 Program and Conference Chairs have been hard at work on the 2011 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, building sessions and identifying speakers who will turn emerging technology into news gold, give you tools you can use and help you evolve in your digital media career. Once again, we had an amazing response to the Session Selector, and your subsequent votes gave us more than enough ideas for three solid tracks of news immersion.

ONA11 general sessions

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24



Happy Learning!


If you need a little kick start, don’t forget this recent post:



Multimedia Rules to Live By and Seven Steps to Training Yourself






One comment

  1. Not to brown nose it, but Multimedia Journal is a fantastic resource to get your feet wet.

    Got my copy last week & haven’t stopped paging through it.

    Kudos, Koci!