May 21-26 2006 Multimedia Training

North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley

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The Knight Digital Media Center's Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop, May 13-21, 2006, offers intensive, short course multimedia training for mid-career journalists. The workshop covers all aspects of multimedia news production, from basic storyboarding to the incorporation of multimedia features in storytelling. Participants are taught the technical skills they need to produce quality multimedia stories including audio/video recording and editing, Flash graphics, digital cameras, Photoshop and web design concepts. Guest speakers discuss the future of journalism, the role of technology and the importance of audience engagement.

Featured speakers are Dan Cox of World Online, Terry Moore of the Orange County Register, Michael Skoler of Minnesota Public Radio, Paul Grabowicz of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Bob Cauthorn of City Tools, Regina McCombs of, Phil Numrich of Internet Broadcasting Systems and a panel of Oakland Tribune reporters and editors.

Application deadline was Apr 21, 2006 12 a.m.


Some presentations from this workshop were webcast live.
Archived webcasts may be viewed below.

The Newsroom of the Future

Video Game Storytelling: Remembering 7th Street

Essential Tools for Local News Sites

Doing a Multimedia Story

Doing Stories in Flash

Online Advertising Models


The following people attended this workshop as "fellows."


Workshop participants often produce multimedia web sites as part of their instruction.
In most cases, these demonstration web sites are available for public viewing.

Is Aurora BioFuels the new dawn?

Aurora BioFuels, a Berkeley, California start-up company is about to change the reality of fuel. They have developed a diesel fuel with yields of 125 times higher than exisiting bio-diesel conversion technologies, and at half the cost.

Three students and one professor have won the eigth annual US Berkeley Business Plan Competition. The $25,000 prize will put their plan into action.


U.C. Berkeley has been streaming audio and video of its courses online for the past five years. This year the university began offering its courses via podcasts on Apple’s iTunes U. Students believe that easy access to lectures decreases stress and aides academic performance. Staff and faculty praise iTunes U as a tool to provide educational resources for the public.

As the Worm Churns

Bay Worms serves the community of Alameda using vermicomposting technology. Its herd of red worms (Eisenia foetida) turns vegetable matter we collect into one of the best organic fertilizers around: worm castings. They sell castings and compost on site; they also take phone orders.

The Berkeley Bees

A University of California Berkeley professor is striving to make cities more bee friendly.

Gordon Frankie spends his days on a quarter-acre plot near the university, figuring out what mix of plants in cities will provide the optimum bee habitat.

It's more than esoteric academia -- Africanized bees, mites and various ailments are killing the European honeybee, which are responsible for pollinating a third of the fruits and vegetables in our food suppy.

Moreover, our growing cities, expanding roads, airports and other developments traditionally have been bee hostile -- but Frankie wants to change that.

Bees matter, Frankie says -- unless we're content to eat mostly rice, wheat, corn and other foods pollinated by wind.

Here's a closer look at the work of the furry, buzzing, misunderstood bees and how Frankie and his research assistant are trying to persuade city people to be bee buddies.

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