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visual story telling

Visual Storytelling: The News Feature

Course dates

July 16 to July 29, 2018

Application deadline


  • From start to finish, learn the visual storytelling skills you need to create compelling news and feature videos.
  • Become a more marketable artist under the guidance of nationally and internationally acclaimed, award-winning journalists.
  • Create compelling, creative and memorable news video stories from start to finish.
  • Work one-on-one with industry experts who will help you shoot, produce, and edit professional feature stories that you may use on your demo reel.
  • Get hands-on practice while learning how to get to the heart of the story.
  • Learn the fine points of developing story characters, conducting active interviews, working with natural sound, and sequence shooting and editing.
  • Present your work in a public showcase event.

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Undergraduate: MCJ 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: MCJ 620, 3 units




Undergraduate and graduate broadcast and digital journalism students, multimedia production/film students, and early- to mid-career professionals with some knowledge of basic writing, film/video production, and non-linear video editing skills.


  • Submit a one-page resume and biography and a 250-word personal statement describing your career goals, past experience with video, audio, and editing and your interest in this class. Include links to two examples of your work. At least one example should be a video.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by May 14, 2018.


Professor Faith Sidlow

Guest Artists

Bob Dotson

Bob Dotson – @bobdotson

Bob Dotson has traveled more than four million miles, crisscrossing America almost nonstop for half a century, searching for people who are practically invisible, the ones who change our lives, but don’t take time to tweet and tell us about it. His long-running series, "The American Story with Bob Dotson," was a regular feature on "The Today Show" until his retirement on the 40th anniversary of the day he joined NBC.

The former NBC National News Correspondent is one of the most honored storytellers of our time. He earned 120 national and international awards for producing and reporting, including six Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Network News Writing (a record) and 12 more for reporting. He also received eight National Emmy Awards and 11 nominations. The Society of Professional Journalists cited Bob’s columns as the “best in new media.” He recently joined Walter Cronkite as the latest recipient of the William Allen White Foundation National Citation for Journalistic Excellence. His work also has been honored with the Sprague Award from the National Press Photographers Association and grand prizes from duPont-Columbia University and the Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Bob is also an internationally acclaimed documentary producer. His film, "El Capitan's Courageous Climbers" (NBC Productions), was the winner of seven International film and video festivals and was awarded documentary's highest honor, the CINE Grand Prize. He is the author of four books, including The New York Times best-selling "American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things." His newest book, "Make it Memorable: Writing and Packaging Visual News with Style," is being studied on 26 campuses and in newsrooms around the world.

Les Rose

Les Rose – @LesRoseSyracuse

Les Rose just went from 38 years as a TV news photojournalist (22 at the network level) to become a Professor of Practice at the Newhouse School in Syracuse. His seminars have taken him from nearly two decades at the Poynter Institute as a guest lecturer to Iceland, Alaska, the Caymans, and across America.  He was the cameraman who worked with correspondent Steve Hartman on "Everybody Has a Story" for "CBS Evening News" and also worked on "Assignment America," "60 Minutes 2," and "On the Road" for CBS News, and spent two decades with NBC covering war zones in Nicaragua, San Salvador and Honduras.

Matt Mrozinski -​ | @MattMrozinski

Matt Mrozinski is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning photojournalist for KING-TV in Seattle. He founded the website TVNewsStorytellers with a partner Facebook group, Storytellers, that has 13,000 members.

Joe Little

Joe Little - @10NewsJoeLittle

Joe Little is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who shoots, writes, edits, and reports by himself using small, mobile equipment.

Greg Vandegrift

Greg Vandegrift - | @AGVandegrift

Greg Vandegrift worked as a TV news reporter for 25 years before transitioning to teaching. He maintains contact with the news profession doing freelance work. He has won two national Murrow awards, an Iris, and several regional Emmys. He has also been a faculty member of the National Press Photographers Association's News Video Workshop, which is held at the University of Oklahoma each spring, since 2004. 

Josh Maranha

Josh Maranhas - @JoshuaMaranhas

Josh Maranhas is a six-time Emmy Award winner and the 2014 National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism Editor of the Year. He has 19 years of journalism experience as an editor, writer, producer, photographer, and storyteller.

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