Jul 12-17 2009 Multimedia Training

North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley

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The Knight Digital Media Center's Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop, July 12-17, 2009 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.

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism lecturers Jane Stevens, Paul Grabowicz, Ellen Seidler, Samantha Grant, Marilyn Pittman, Scot Hacker and Jeremy Rue present the workshop’s core multimedia curriculum.

Application deadline was Mar 27, 2009 11:59 p.m.


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

Journalism Dying Journalism Shmying

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned Not to Be Overwhelmed About this Strange Video Stuff and Love It!


The following presentations were provided to workshop participants but not publicly webcast.

Web-Centric Journalism: Web 2.0 and Web News Sites

Digital Transformation of Journalism

Media Characteristics and Storyboarding Basics

Mac Computer Training In Multimedia Lab

Video Camera Instruction

Video Techniques Overview

Video Shooting Techniques

Roundtable Discussion

Digital Audio Recorders and Microphones

Digital Photo Cameras and Photo Slideshows

Transfering Audio, Photos and Video to Computers

Stand-Ups and Voice Overs

Adobe Photoshop In Multimedia Room

Final Cut Pro Video Editing and Script Writing

Soundtrack Pro Audio Editing In Multimedia Labs

Creating Photo Slideshows with SoundSlides

Adobe Flash Storytelling-Building Templates for News

Multimedia Design Concepts


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.

Berkeley Ballet Theatre

The Berkeley Ballet Theater fosters an excellence in their students by providing a rigorous, nurturing and diverse environment in which the students receive professional classical ballet training and performance opportunities. The school believes that the joy of dance, with all its physical, mental, and aesthetic benefits, should be available to everyone. Whatever a student's goal, they believe it is best achieved in a well-disciplined but positive and loving environment. The school emphasizes a pure classical style, and encourages students to develop technique in a manner that is safe for their particular body. There are no height or weight requirements and all body types are welcome. As performance is a valuable part of a dancer's education, they also provide opportunities for all students to participate in stage productions.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives Production Garden

Berkeley Youth Alternatives has served youth and families by providing comprehensive services in a supportive and bias-free haven. During a period of soaring dropout rates, juvenile crime, drug abuse, and family breakdown, Berkeley Youth Alternatives has successfully helped thousands of young people sustain themselves on the difficult journey toward becoming productive and contributing adults. For over thirty-five years, BYA has provided a safe growing space for the youth of Berkeley. Youth training gardens train and employ young people from high-risk neighborhoods. Mentors work closely with youth gardeners, sharing practical skills for future employment and enjoyment. The Collaborative recognizes that urban gardening offers lifelong learning that can help prevent substance abuse and violence. Moreover, food production is an ecological and sustainable means of economic development that addresses both hunger and hopelessness.

Trapeze Arts

Since 1994, Trapeze Arts, Inc. has been teaching flying trapeze and other circus arts to adults and children of all ages and is one of only a handful of full time Circus Schools in the United States. The classes are unique and exciting and while most of the students are taking classes for fun, we can and do train those who aspire to a professional career. They currently have students performing for Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey, on various cruise ships and in other professional entertainment venues. They recognize that everyone has the ability to participate in our activities, regardless of size, ability, previous experience or strength. The students range in age from 2-82! The mission is to provide an opportunity for any individual to experience and learn aerial and other circus arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The goal of this experience is to enrich, enhance and promote personal growth in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere.

Berkeley Animal Care Services

The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) is a division of the Office of the City Manager. They provide a wide range of services to our cities’ residents and their pets. The BACS provides field services, seven days a week, to the cities of Berkeley and Albany. These services include the enforcement of city ordinances related to animals, removal of killed or injured wildlife, impoundment of stray pets, and investigation of animal-related neglect, cruelty, nuisance and bite cases. At the shelter, they house domestic animals from the cities of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont. BACS provides not only a safe haven for these homeless pets, but also adoption services, advice on animal-related topics, lost and found pet reports, and free or low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ dogs and cats.

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