Digital Media Skills Certificate

September 24 - November 21, 2019

Digital Media Skills Certificate

You’ll experience best practices for telling stories to an online audience —through social media, on the web, and to a mobile audience. You’ll learn to engage with video, digital photography, audio recordings, and data visualizations. You’ll have the tools and storytelling skills to produce, edit, and post content 24/7. Upon completion of this program, participants will have the knowledge and tools necessary to apply their new skill set immediately to their profession.

This course is only offered once a year during the Fall session.

Course Overview

  • Learn to choose the best media for telling stories on multiple digital platforms.
  • Learn to develop the narrative in your digital story and how to produce creative visual stories.
  • Learn best practices for interviewing and how to prepare a subject for the interview.
  • Best practices for shooting, editing and producing videos.
  • Learn to produce engaging content for all digital platforms.
  • Become skilled in creating quality audio for videos or audio files that engage audiences.
  • Learn the basics of producing a podcast, including recording, editing, and adding narration, music and sound effects.
  • Learn to create interactive data visualizations, charts, graphs, and maps to tell stories.
  • Understand the keys to audience engagement and how to apply this to your own content.
  • Learn to use publishing platforms to showcase your work.
  • Explore emerging technologies influencing digital media content production.
  • Produce a final digital media capstone project using  new media technologies and tools.
  • Build a new set of skills that will make you a fluent, active and engaging digital media content producer.

I've learned a huge amount about a wide range of production skills in this program & the instructors have been so wonderful and generous with their professional expertise.

Alison C.
Media Content Producer

Great experience! I've particularly appreciated having help from Graduate Student Assistants here and there to complete the project and receiving feedbacks on my work.

Viviana D.
Freelance Journalist

Very satisfactory! I felt like my skills & understanding of digital media have significantly improved. I will continue to polish my projects & also make connections with classmates I plan to work with in the future. Thus, I really appreciate the collaborative aspect of the course.

Celine G.
Digital Editor

Who Should Attend?

This is ideal for all content creators, advertising specialists, journalists, editors, new media managers, media professionals, content marketers, communications and PR, educators and web producers.

Need help justifying this training to your employer? Please check out our customizable document.

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Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Madeleine Bair

Madeleine Bair is an award-winning journalist and media developer. She has taught radio production to young adults, worked on a morning show at Chicago Public Radio, and produced multimedia for Human Rights Watch.

Angelia Baxter

Angelia Baxter is a Certified Usability Analyst with 20+ years enterprise, startup, and agency experience as an effective user advocate and collaborator. She is the President/CEO of The Kreativ Studio, Inc – a design consultancy firm and Founder of In the Place – a professional networking platform for creators in Film & Tech. She has taught UX courses for General Assembly, Imparture, San Francisco State and her firm The Kreativ Studio, Inc.

Indu Chandrasekhar

Indu Chandrasekhar is the director of audience engagement and oversees all of WIRED’s efforts to grow its audience and increase reader engagement, focusing on search engines, social platforms, newsletters, content recommendations, and analytics. She previously worked at MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, and the Telegraph in London.

Amanda Hickman

Amanda Hickman is the Director of Product at Factful. She led BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts from its founding in 2015 until the lab wrapped up in 2017. She has taught reporting, data analysis and visualization, and audience engagement at graduate journalism programs at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and the City University of New York, and was DocumentCloud’s founding program director.

Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones is a reporter working in radio and print, based in Oakland, California. She has reported for The Guardian, NPR, KQED, and KALW in San Francisco, Aspen Public Radio in Colorado, Grist, Civil Eats and The Point Reyes Light. She loves to record sound, writes succinct prose, digs up information, gets the facts right, and makes data look digestible. Some favorite topics to cover are health, agriculture, food, and the environment.

Laura Klivans

Laura Klivans is a community health reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. She hosts the KQED science web show Deep Look. Her award winning work has been published on NPR, PRI, BBC, and the shows/podcasts Here & Now, The World, and Reply All. Before getting hooked on audio, she worked in education, leading groups of high school and college youth to places like Bangladesh, Peru and Guatemala.

Richard Koci Hernandez

Richard Koci Hernandez is a UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism faculty and a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, National Press Photographers Association, The Southern Short Course, and National Association for Black Journalists, among many others.

Kim Komenich

Kim Komenich is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, filmmaker, and university professor. He has photographed the ramifications of conflict in the Philippines, Vietnam, El Salvador, the former Soviet Union and most recently in Iraq. He has received the 1987 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1981 World Press Photo News Picture Story Award, and three National Headliner Awards.

Jake Nicol

Jake Nicol is a national Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist and video producer based in Oakland, CA. He is currently a staff video journalist with The Wall Street Journal in San Francisco and previously worked as a freelance video producer for National Geographic. His work focuses primarily on national and international social issues, with an emphasis on public health, immigration, justice, and investigative reporting.

Chris Schodt

Chris Schodt is an Emmy-nominated multimedia producer, and a freelance journalist. His work includes video, animation, and data visualization, and he has had his work published by Engadget, the Verge, the BBC, and National Geographic.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor was previously the BBC North American technology correspondent in the Bay Area, is the founder of SuperRich Media and creator of the BBC’s global technology brand, ‘Click,’ a pioneering TV show which trail blazes the use of innovative production techniques. Richard’s experience with creating video on the mobile phone includes shooting entire TV news reports on his iPhone and in-person interviews with film director, James Cameron and web inventor, Tim Berners Lee.

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Tuition

$3,695 USD

15% and 10% early bird discount automatically applied when registering before July 24, 2019 and August 24, 2019 respectively.

We encourage team work! Bring a colleague or friend and receive additional tuition discounts. Contact Alexandre Bui at alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu for more information.

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When?

September 24 - November 21, 2019

This is a 9-week part-time course. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will also highly recommend you attend the digital learning labs on select Wednesdays.

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Where?

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

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Requirements & Prerequisites

  • This is a beginner course. No previous experience is required. Please contact us if you have questions as to the level of this course.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to provide their own Equipment & Software, including:
    • WiFi-ready laptop with at least 8GB memory.
    • You will need a video camera, microphone, & tripod for 2 to 3 days in week 5 (instructors will discuss exact dates during week 1) for video shoot (see Equipment & Software Guide for rental options).
    • External hard drive (Formatted for Mac or PC).
    • Headphones.
    • Adobe Creative Cloud – Premiere, Photoshop, and Audition (7-day free trial + at least 2 additional paid months to use for the remainder of the course).
  • Computer literacy skills.
  • Comfortable with learning new equipment and software.
  • Proficiency with English.

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Contact Person

Alexandre Bui
alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu
510-642-3892

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Questions & Additional Information

Where should I stay?

We suggest staying in the Berkeley area. Nearby hotels include:

– Faculty Club (on UC campus)
– Graduate Hotel
– Hotel Shattuck Plaza
– Bancroft Hotel
– Extended Stay America or Executive Inn and Suites
– La Posada Guest House

Many of our participants have also found luck with Airbnb.

Where should I park?

The closest parking to North Gate Hall, where Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is located, is the Lower Hearst Parking Garage. For public parking, you must enter on the second floor via Scenic Ave and park next to a gold pillar. Many spots in this garage are permit parking only, so please be vigilant of posted signs. Parking is $2/hr, max $20/day.

Another option for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage, located under Maxwell Field and between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater. Parking here is $25/day with variable hourly rates.

If you wish to utilize public transportation, North Gate Hall is about 15-20 minute walking distance from Downtown Berkeley BART Station. There are also multiple AC Transit bus lines that stop in front of the building.

For more information on different parking garages around campus, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

• Cancellations must be received in writing by email to advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu.

• Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $375.00 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.

• Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.

• Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

• If you purchased your class through CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase.

Can I transfer to a different workshop if I change my mind?

We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops. However, you may cancel the current workshop to receive a full refund less the cancellation fee and enroll in the preferred course. Please contact us directly at advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu prior to making any changes. Change requests do not apply to request made 15-days prior to the workshop start date.

In-depth information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. No video or audio recordings of the materials presented are permitted in any workshop.

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