Frequently Asked Questions
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, addresses all the commonly asked questions about the workshops.
- What is the registration process?
- What are the application deadlines?
- What qualifications should applicants have?
- What pre-existing skills do I need to have?
- What equipment is used in the workshop?
- Where are the workshops held?
- What are the refund/cancellation policies?
- Where can I stay?
- What else is there to do?
What is the registration process?
Registration is required to attend all workshops.
At registration you will be directed to a “regonline” page. This is the University of California's official event registration portal. You will be asked to enter your email address twice and then redirected to the payment page. You are offered a choice of paying via credit card, wire transfer, check or requesting an invoice. Payments via invoice, check or wire transfer are due no later than 14 days before the first day of the workshop you are registered for. Please note that registration does NOT secure a place in a workshop. After full payment is received, we will confirm your space in the class.
We do not share your information under any circumstance. We may send you an e-mail to notify you of an upcoming workshop should you be unable to attend your preferred training. We also use the e-mail addresses supplied to notify every applicant of their status after the registration process.
What are the application deadlines?
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is two weeks before the start of the workshop you are applying for. Check the workshop page for the exact date.
When will I be informed if I have been approved for a workshop?
Applicants are notified about their approval via email once full payment has been received.
What qualifications should applicants have?
What are we looking for in an applicant?
We are interested in journalists, educators and communication professionals who have a strong interest in digital media and in advancing the adoption of technology in their organizations and to further their career goals.
Do we accept applicants who work for non-journalistic organizations?
Yes. Our focus is on developing your skills to utilize digital media as a communications tool.
Do I need a travel/tourist visa if I am coming from outside the United States of America?
It depends on your country of origin. Some applicants may attend as a visitor or with a visitor/tourist visa. It is solely your responsibility to secure your visa. kdmcBerkeley does not offer assistance in securing a visa. Please read our refund policy in the event that you are unable to obtain the required travel documents.
Do we accept more than one person from the same organization?
What pre-existing skills do I need to have?
Do I need any special language skills?
All training is conducted in English so English proficiency is required. You are solely responsible for your ability to keep up with and participate in the training.
Do I need to know how to use video, audio or photo equipment or software programs in order to participate?
No. Our focus is on training participants on how to use the tools needed to develop multimedia stories. Each workshop usually includes professionals with some video, photo, audio or Web experience. But many participants have little or no digital skills.
If I am already very skilled in multimedia, which workshop should I attend?
The workshops are mainly designed for people with relatively limited experience in digital media, not for highly skilled multimedia professionals. The focus of each workshop is unique. Please refer to the course description for each workshop's content to assure you will benefit from our training.
What equipment is used in the workshop?
If I am selected, will I need to provide any of my own equipment?
No. All necessary equipment is provided to participants during the workshops.
What equipment and computer programs will I be trained in?
Depending not he workshop you attend, we will use the following equipment. Please refer to your workshop content description for more detailed information. We use Canon digital photo cameras, Sony mini-DV digital video cameras, and Marantz compact flash audio recorders. Our lab is equipped with Mac computers, and the software we use includes Photoshop for photo editing, Final Cut Pro X for video editing, Google Refine for data editing and we will use free and/or open source software.
What if I only know how to use a Windows computer?
We will show you the basics of using the Mac computers in our lab.
Can I bring my own equipment to the workshops?
Yes, but we will provide all necessary equipment so you don’t need to bring anything. Photographers sometimes bring their own photo cameras and you are welcome to do so.
Should I bring my laptop?
You can bring a laptop for personal use or if you want to take notes. Our software will not be made available for use on your laptop.
Where are workshops held?
All workshops are held at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, which is in North Gate Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
What are the refund/cancellation policies?
- Cancellations must be received in writing by email or fax. A fee will be assessed for canceled registrations. Please refer to the workshop page for more information on cancellation fees.
- We are unable to refund any fees for registrations canceled within 14 days of the start of the workshop.
- Failure to appear for a workshop will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.
- kdmcBerkeley reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of kdmcBerkeley. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee, or may have the fee applied as a credit toward attendance at a future kdmcBerkeley training program.
- kdmcBerkeley will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. kdmcBerkeley is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.
Where can I stay?
Where can I stay?
We have arranged for special rates at three hotels that are walking distance from the Graduate School of Journalism where the training is held. They are:
- Hotel Durant
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Description: A boutique hotel and a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture and modern conveniences. Steps away from the U.C. Berkeley campus and Telegraph Avenue, the Hotel Durant infuses the formal university setting with the bohemian spirit that Berkeley is known for. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008, the Hotel Durant is green certified and offers guestrooms with modern conveniences and whimsical details. For last minute bookings, call Hotel Durant at 800-238-7268, or 510-845-8981, and ask for the UC rate.
Typical Room Rate: $149 - $159 + taxes per night
Walking distance: 0.69 km - a 12 minute walk
Distance from Berkeley BART Subway Station: 1.3 km – a 16 minute walk
Shuttle: not available
Fitness Center: no
Business Center: yes
Parking: Adjoining for fee
Notes: Complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access
Bus Stop outside hotel
- Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
+1.866.466.9199 (Toll Free)
Description: Located two blocks from the University of California - Berkeley campus, the landmark Hotel Shattuck Plaza has returned to Downtown Berkeley after an extensive multi-million dollar renovation. The city's oldest hotel has become the San Francisco Bay Area's newest boutique hotel.
Typical Room Rate: $145-$165 + taxes per night.
For calling: call the hotel directly – 510-845-7300 or toll free 866-466-9199
For booking online: Go to Shattuck site
Cancel Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival
- Claremont Hotel and Spa
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
Description: The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa mixes a rich history with modern amenities, award-winning cuisine, live entertainment and stately accommodations, with unforgettable views of the San Francisco Bay. An urban oasis - near the city, nestled in the Berkeley Hills - the Claremont lets you get away from it all without being too far away from anything.
Typical Room Rate: $159 - $179 + $12 facilities fee + taxes per night (typically 20% off best available rate when you ask for UC Berkeley rate with free parking)
Walking distance: 2.2 km
Shuttle to Haas Business School (Berkeley): yes, complementary when requested by an individual; contact the Claremont front desk to schedule
Fitness Center: yes - 22,000 sq ft. facility with fitness classes
Business Center: yes
Parking: on-site - fee included in sleeping room rate
Notes: complimentary wireless and wired internet; 3 outdoor pools; full-service fitness facility; kids club; tennis courts; air conditioning
Walking distance: 1.8 km
Distance from Berkeley BART Subway Station: 0.11 km – 1 minute walk
Shuttle: not available
Fitness Center: yes - small room
Business Center: yes
Parking: nearby for fee
Notes: complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access; air conditioning
What else is there to do?
Take a self-guided tour of the UC Berkeley campus. The campus is known for its hills, so please wear comfortable-fitting clothes and shoes.
- Campanile Tour
Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps Berkeley's most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third-tallest clock tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1914.
- Lawrence Hall of Science
Near the top of campus on Centennial Drive, Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a public science museum and a center for research. Named after Ernest O. Lawrence, the first of Berkeley's 22 faculty Nobel Laureates, the Hall's interactive exhibits, games, labs, classes, and demonstrations (not to mention its spectacular, panoramic bay view) attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
- Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is one of the largest university art museums in the United States. It is located at the intersection of Oxford and Center streets in downtown Berkeley, across from the main entrance to the UC Berkeley campus.
- UC Botanical Garden
One of the finest in the country, the University of California Botanical Garden is home to some 13,000 species of plants grouped according to world regions. The garden has an especially impressive collection of California native plants. You will also find picnic tables, gift and bookstores, and a conservatory for tropical plants.
- San Francisco
The city of San Francisco is located 8 miles west of Berkeley across the Bay Bridge, and is accessible via a short car, bus, or train ride. For information about local public transportation, visit 511.org.
- Zellerbach Hall for Performing Arts
Zellerbach Hall is a 2,000-seat performing arts venue that hosts some of the world's best in music and dance, as well as major campus events. The adjoining 500-seat Zellerbach playhouse is the site of dramatic art, dance, and other presentations of the Center for Theater Arts. See their webpage for a list of upcoming performances:
- California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium (1923) is the home of the California Golden Bears football team. Designed by John Galen Howard and constructed in less than a year after a statewide fundraising drive, Memorial Stadium seats 76,000 and is dedicated to University students who lost their lives in World War I. See their website for a complete listing of upcoming sporting events:
- Tilden Park Golf Course
Tilden Park Golf Course, located in the scenic Berkeley Hills, is just minutes away from the UC Berkeley campus. This William Park Bell Jr. design features a challenging 18-hole, par 70 course. Tilden Park’s signature first hole, a 420-yard par 4 straight uphill to an elevated green, is considered to be one of toughest starting holes in the Bay Area. Set amongst rolling hills and tree-lined fairways, Tilden Park Golf Course is truly one of a kind. Tilden Park Golf Course also features a three-tiered driving range with over 60 stalls, practice putting greens and a full service bar and grill.
10 Golf Course Drive
Berkeley, CA 94708
The Bay area is famous for is top-quality dining. For a list of restaurants and eateries in and near Berkeley, go to VisitBerkeley