Bob Sacha Named Associate Professor of Video Storytelling

  • By Amy Dunkin

Bob Sacha, known for his innovative approach to visual journalism and his engaging teaching style, has been hired as an associate professor of video storytelling after a nationwide search to fill the full-time faculty position.

Sacha has had a distinguished career as a director, cinematographer, editor, photographer, and collaborator on visual journalism projects.

In 2014, he shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design.

He teamed up with Blue Chalk  as the the director of photography for The New York Times series, Living City, about  New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a short documentary about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot, had its world premiere at DOCNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival.

At the CUNY J-School, Sacha created three classes that focus on emerging technology in visual journalism, including Video Storytelling for the Web, Social Video, and VR/360 Video for Journalism.

For the past four years he has been a Tow Professor at the school, receiving support from The Tow Foundation that is earmarked for “teachers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields.”

Last year, he was awarded one of the initial Journalism 360 grants for Immersive Storytelling to bring 360 video journalism to community media organizations in the New York City area.

In Fall 2018, he’s interested in looking deeper into 360 video and spatial audio and excited to teach a first-semester class in Fundamentals of Visual Journalism.

Photo by Yan-Chen Caren Østengen