Always be Learning! Can’t Miss Workshop Opportunities


I believe that the secret to success in visual journalism is, “Never get comfortable.” The more you get outside your comfort zone, the more you learn and the more you learn, the better you get. Elementary advice I know, but it never hurts to be reminded every now and then. Here are a few workshops I feel are worth attending. Sadly, I’m going to miss the NPPA Immersion, but I’m working on making a Skype appearance. Fingers crossed. But, I will be on the faculty of the Kalish Workshop. :) Details below. I’ll also make an appearance here: Multimedia Storytelling Institute for International Journalists at the Knight Digital Media Center. Finally a good friend is running the Tortuga Workshop, it looks fantastic, remember to use the promo code KOCI  if you sign-up for the Tortuga.


Tortuga Photo Workshops: At the intersection of story and adventure.

Explore your visual voice amongst some of the most inspiring vistas the world has to offer. Our life altering experiences combine storytelling, personal attention from award-winning instructors and adventure in serene setting that’ll melt away the daily grind so you can focus on your passion.

The premier Tortuga Photo Workshop on the island of Meanguera will sharpen your photographic skills in a location full of surprises.

The island of Meanguera is surrounded by amazing natural geography and exotic beauty that will change the way you look at the world. With your camera and our guidance, we’ll help you improve your photography skills and the way you interact with your subjects. Every morning we’ll rise to amazing light, the perfect setting for capturing the daily lives of the local fishermen and the surrounding communities.

Within our daily excursions we will occasionally run into dolphins and sea turtles. You will have the opportunity each morning to select your own dinner – fresh caught fish sold by the fishermen waiting in the bay.

Our hotel, La Joya del Golfo or “The Jewel of the Gulf” in English, sits on the water overlooking a bird sanctuary on Conchaguita island. There are no cars on the island, offering workshop participants a glimpse of life as it has been for generations, a way of life that will not exist forever.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 through Saturday, August 18, 2012Tuition:
Early registration of $1,595 before June 1, 2012
Late registration of $1,795 before July 1, 2012
Full Price of $1,995 after July 2, 2012Workshop includes:
-Individualized instruction from award-winning working photojournalists.
-One-on-one critique sessions.
-Daily assignments and traveling to different islands and nearby fishing villages to makes images and share the stories of fishermen in their daily lives.
-Travel to and from the workshops from Comalapa Airport in El Salvador.
-Three meals per day, this island is a seafood lovers paradise but if you would feel more comfortable eating chicken, beef or veggie style that is a tasty option as well.
-Lodging with double occupancy.The workshop fee does not include airfare and alcoholic drinks.$500 Early bird deposit is due by June 1, 2012, or
$500 for the late reg. deposit is due by July 1, 2012.

All workshop participants need to be at the Comalapa Airport in El Salvador by Sunday August 12, 2012 at 9AM and plan on leaving the workshop after Saturday the August 18th, 2012. It’s up to each participant when they leave the country but the workshop will end on Saturday August 18th with a going away dinner at the beach.

About Tortuga:

Tortuga Photo Workshops formed in the summer of 2009 with a common goal of sharing our knowledge of great still photography and love for the amazing diversity and similarities of cultures and people around the world. We’ve hosted local after school programs in the southwest, Holga workshops, darkroom workshops and the El Salvador trips once a year. 

Our team is composed of a working director of photography at a major newspaper and a working independent photojournalist and filmmaker; so our workshops aren’t just theory but bring in knowledge and experience from what’s happening in the industry today.

Students receive real-world guidance to expand their visual portfolio but at the same time will be privy to personalized mentoring to stay competitive as a photojournalist in today’s market. In a nutshell, the dos and don’ts when it comes to applying for jobs, freelance or commercial assignments.

Also, if you are interested in pursuing film photography, multimedia or video, these are the instructors you need to listen to. Between them they have over 20 years experience with film photography, darkroom instructions and multimedia production.

About Roberto:

I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador where I lived until I was 11.

Then in 1980 I was forced to leave the country because of the civil war. My brother and I moved to Maryland where I attended school and began a new life. To make the long story short, I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School where I began taking photography which led to attending a community college. I didn’t even know college was the thing to do after high school. I had a great professor named Amy Heller who encouraged me to further my photography and suggested I transfer to the University of New Mexico. Eventually I graduated and returned to El Salvador where I conducted photo workshops for newspaper staffers. I returned to the states in 1998 and made my way back to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I became a staff photographer for the Albuquerque Journal and eventually the Photo Editor. Besides editing photos I am currently working on a project back in El Salvador on fishermen mainly around the area of the Gulf of Fonseca.

About Shaminder:

Long story short: I am a storyteller who specializes in not being a jerk.

Long story long: I’m a multimedia producer, documentary photographer and independent filmmaker with a penchant for uncovering the story behind places, people and things. With my work I strive to create images that live beyond the daily news cycle and craft journalistic narratives that allow for understanding of complex issues and coming to informed conclusions on the human level. My work has spanned three continents and appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Mother Jones, The UK Guardian and others.

Most recently I wrapped up a six month road trip across the USA in which I lived and produced work out of an AirStream with some friends. I also was invited to Berlin, Germany in October for a stint of code hacking and journalism with the Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation.

Currently I am based in New York City where I am working on a feature length documentary chronicling the backstories of Generation Y and our shifting attitudes toward life and work in the wake of the recession, a photo book project and secretly working on my stand up act at open mic nights.


Multimedia Storytelling Institute / KDMC

The University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and The Knight Digital Media Center (KDMC) will present a summer Multimedia Storytelling Institute focused on the special needs of international journalists.* This intensive two-week program provides hands-on training in essential digital reporting skills.


The Institute is ideal for working journalists and communications professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersive experience in digital news production.

Training includes:

  • Strategies for multimedia story planning, production and delivery using mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms
  • Hands-on field reporting to learn professional video, photo and mobile techniques
  • Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X for editing visual content
  • Data storytelling with interactive databases, visualizations and maps
  • Social Media for reporting, content distribution and community engagement
  • Each participant takes home an iPad containing the complete training curriculum

Tuition Pricing: $6,999 USD — Save 10% when you register by April 15.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for information on lodging options and meals.


The Kalish Workshop

Dates set for 2012 Kalish: June 11 – 15

The Kalish Workshop benefits visual editors, producers, photographers and designers who communicate across all platforms: Web, tablet, mobile and print.

In its 22nd year, The Kalish – a digital first, print second workshop – focuses on excellence in visual storytelling while embracing its historical values of picture editing, leadership, ethics, diversity and managing through example.

The workshop is a hands-on, collaborative learning environment. We kick it old school in the world of new media.

If you are looking to be inspired, or need guidance and support to sharpen your visual storytelling skills, apply for The Kalish today.


The 2012 NPPA Multimedia Immersion in Syracuse, NY will be an intense, five-day, hands-on training workshop for visual journalists looking to expand and grow their multimedia skillsets using the latest technology.

Our focus is on mixing photos, video and audio content and editing them into multimedia presentations.

Our previous students have ranged from multiple Pulitzer Prize Winners, Best of Photojournalism winners, the current White House Photographer, academics, editors, students, working professionals and freelancers all looking to supercharge their careers.


STUCK AT HOME? has some awesome online training that is not to be missed

MediaStorm Online Training is designed for professionals working to expand their storytelling capabilities, advanced students in multimedia reporting and production, motivated citizen journalists, teachers looking for quality educational content for the classroom, and newsroom editors in need of resources for their team. Wherever you fit in to today’s multimedia industry, our online training modules will provide essential information about the ethos and techniques of successful multimedia storytelling.






Comments are closed.