Download the Schedule & Brief
The Term 2, two-week intensive will be INTENSIVE – that means working full days from 10am to around 6pm, with typically an hour of reading or research each evening. This page alongside the briefing PDF (linked to above) outlines the schedule and aims of the intensive and includes some selected reading material to help you prepare.
Week 1 – will largely focus on video storytelling with seminars on story arc & narrative, and workflow for the pre-production, production and post-production stages of video stories. We’ll continue to cover ethics and develop other practical skills too.There will also be an editorial pitch meeting where we approve or reject your story ideas for intensive ‘live project’ group work with China Daily Multimedia journalist and Urban Tales series editor Andrea Deng. Finally, we will review and critique your first projects, expect harsh but constructive criticism.
Week 2 – is a practical week – where we put some of the learning points delivered in the first week into practice in the form of a ‘live multimedia journalism project’ with a real editorial brief for a real client. Work that is of publishable quality will be placed in two major outlets: China Daily and Asia News Network. Students will be placed into teams of three and work ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in the field and edit with an industry professional. The series is Urban Tales. Students will need to work hard on finding stories and creating access independently. You should start contacting potential characters for access well before the intensive starts. (Specific brief & instructions for the ‘live project’ here: Urban Tales description & guidelines you will need to send your projects via this Pitch Template)
Take a look at the trailer for the Urban Tales series
You will be given a folder with supporting learning materials on the first week of the intensive as well as more instructions on deliverables. You will need one video, one great image as the thumbnail picture, and a short descriptive caption text.
STORY & NARRATIVE
- Telling Stories
Storyboard 75: The big book of narrative via Nieman Storyboard (mostly for text, but principles apply to all mediums)
Story, interrupted: why we need new approaches to digital narrative – An old article and much has changed since 2011 but still great reading. While journalism is now using platforms and the online space to structure great linear narratives, we need to continue to think story flow and user experience, and to keep innovating.
- The Message Is the Medium: The Difference between Documentarians and Journalists via the International Documentary Association
- 10 Tips for Dramatically Improving Your Videojournalism Stories
- News writing via The Guardian