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Visual and Social Media Storytelling Week

  • July 29
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until July 30, 2020

    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until July 31, 2020

    One event on August 3, 2020 at 12:00 am

    One event on August 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

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Being a journalist today means understanding visuals and mastering photo and video storytelling techniques for the web and on social media. Self-isolation and uncertainty in this pandemic is making visual storytelling even more difficult. 

In this intensive, one-week class, you will learn digital techniques, new technologies and professional standards, including best-practices for online visual reporting, understanding archive searches and social media promotion. The class will also cover resources for video journalists, journalism students and others stuck at home, including how to find and use copyright-free, royalty-free and user-generated footage in your work and how to produce compelling video content even when you can’t produce original content. 

The schedule will begin with an overview of resources and progress to each participant producing a publishable project by the workshop’s conclusion.

In addition to the course times below, participants should plan on an estimated two hours a day for project work, asynchronous review of tutorial videos and one-on-one or small group discussion. Participants will need a computer, a mobile phone and sufficient Internet bandwidth for video streaming. The tools used in the workshop are all free, and the material produced can be published and will be owned by the participant. 

Wednesday, July 29:

  • Intro and overview
  • Mobile photos and video techniques
  • Screencasts and screen grabs

Thursday, July 30:

  • Review of work
  • Exploring archives and databases

Friday, July 31:

  • Review of work
  • Social stories, animations and graphics
  • One-on-one project review

Monday, Aug 3:

  • Review of work
  • Multimedia tools – Mobile 360s, maps using media hotspots, timelines
  • One-on-one project reviews

Tuesday, Aug 4:

  • Workshopping final projects in small groups
  • Review of projects
  • Closing

All content and instruction will be taught in English. All content and instruction will be taught live in Eastern Standard time. Recorded content will not be available.

Level: All

Class meets online, according to the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Thursday, July 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Friday, July 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Monday, August 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Tuesday, August 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

The cost for this workshop is $450; there’s a $400 early bird rate if you sign up before July 1.

Sorry discounts don’t apply.

Class is limited to 15 students.



About John Smock

John Smock is the director of photojournalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is a photojournalist who works for SIPA, a photo agency with offices in New York and in Paris, and the Associated Press. His work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and


The Covid-19 pandemic is forever changing journalism. Even after the initial crisis, the impact on how news is gathered and disseminated will be long lasting. Working journalists and journalism students alike need to adapt. Those who embrace the changes will be better placed to become leaders in newsrooms and sought after in the job market.

So why not use your summer productively and upskill!

The following classes are all remote but offer a personal learning experience through small class sizes, hands-on projects and one-on-one access to the instructor.

Please note that all classes will be conducted in English and that fluency in English is a requirement, as well as access to Zoom, our video call platform. Students who complete each course satisfactorily will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Learn to work remotely
  • Expand your skill set
  • Learn top professionals
  • Enhance your resume
  • Stay at the cutting edge of technology
  • Boost your confidence
  • Save money