Video Storytelling for the Web

at Newmark Graduate School of Journalism - Midtown

Course Details
$549 9 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Oct 29, 6:30pm - Dec 03, 9:00pm (5 sessions)

Midtown, Manhattan
219 W 40th St
Btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
New York, New York 10018
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 15
Teacher: Nyier Abdou

What you'll learn in this journalism course:

Learn to produce compelling original video content that will connect readers, clients or stakeholders to the news, projects and people that matter. In this class, which will include a lot of 1-1 instruction, you will pitch, storyboard, shoot and edit a short, interview-based video story. 

No experience needed, but lots of passion required. We will cover:

Session 1
  • The elements of a video story - characters, interviews, visual scenes and sequences. 
  • How to shoot and interview - framing, audio, and interviewing techniques. 
  • Shooting exercise.
Session 2
  • Shooting scenes, sequences and B-roll: the 5-shot rule;
  • strategies for getting good visuals, even with non-visual stories;
  • creating a shot list; 
  • finding archival elements. 
  • Shooting exercise.
Session 3
  • Putting it all together
  • The paper edit
  • Organizing your footage
  • Rough cut
  • Reshoot
Session 4
  • Workshop radio cut
Session 5
  • Workshop rough cuts
  • Screening
What to bring: 
  • Each student must come to class with a smartphone (with free storage space) or a video camera they know how to use, and the ability to transfer footage from their device to his/her laptop. 
  • Each person is also required to come with some kind of editing program (iMovie, Premier, Final Cut) on his/her laptop. 
Please note: 
  • This is NOT an editing class. The professor can assist on technical matters to a limited extent, but the bulk of the instruction will revolve around gathering elements and structuring a video story. 

  • You should come prepared to do basic editing with whatever program you have access to. The instructor will send links to online tutorials in advance of the class for programs such iMovie, final cut, Adobe Premier, etc.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate Refunds up to 1 day before event

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Refund Policy
24hrs notice before the start of the class required to receive a full refund.


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On weekdays, student should go to 219 West 40th Street. All students must go directly to the third floor where our security staff will direct to the specific classroom. On Saturdays and Sundays all students must enter at 230 West 41st Street (our 40th Street entrance is closed most weekends).

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:00pm Nyier Abdou 5 $549
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Nov 05 6:30pm - 9:00pm Nyier Abdou
Tue, Nov 12 6:30pm - 9:00pm Nyier Abdou
Tue, Nov 19 6:30pm - 9:00pm Nyier Abdou
Tue, Dec 03 6:30pm - 9:00pm Nyier Abdou

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