Teaching and training

Speaking, teaching and training engagements

Regular speaker to journalists, educators and students on issues related to mobile news, multimedia storytelling and social media. Customized training available to fit your organization.

Some of the people, places and topics I’ve taught include:

At Poynter:

  • Mobile First News Gathering and Publishing, March 2013
  • Building News Apps with Data, June 2012
  • Building a Smarter Mobile Strategy, June 2011 and March 2012
  • New Tools for a New Curriculum, 2010-2013
  • Backpack Journalism, 2009-2014
  • Multimedia Reporting with Video, 2008 – 2012
  • Multimedia for College Educators, 2007 – 2011
  • Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist, 2009 – 2012
  • Going Mobile with your News, June 2010
  • Programming for Journalists/Journalism for Programmers, August 2010
  • Best Practices in Multimedia Journalism, 2009
  • Poynter Leadership Academy, 2009
  • Multimedia for Ethnic Media, 2008
  • Compelling Photojournalism: Reporting & Editing, “New tools for storytelling,” March 2007
  • Visual Edge, “Learning audio and video,” “Online story form and function,” 2000-2005
  • Picture editing: Ethics and editing, 2004
  • Collaboration conference: Storytelling partnerships, “Working across mediums,” 2003
  • Television news photography, “Looking toward the future of TV photojournalism,” 1998

Beyond Poynter:

  • “Ten things to know about audio,” Visiting Danish journalists, October 2016 and October 2017
  • “Choosing photos,” Associated Collegiate Press Convention, February 2017
  • “Five things to learn before you leave,” Visual speaker series, Century College, April 2016, ACP Keynote, Feb. 2015
  • “Visual Ethics in a Multimedia, Multiplatform, High-Tech World,” Loyola University, April 2016
  • “Simple Tips for Effective Social Video,” New York Press Association, April 2016
  • “Handling graphic video in a viral media landscape,” New York Press Association, April 2016
  • “Choosing the right form for the story,” UW-Stout, November 2016
  • “Ethics case: Graphic Video,” The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, Undergraduate Ethics Conference, Washington and Lee University, November 2015
  • “Jet Engines, Lost Dogs and Gas Pump Karaoke: Why We Love Video,” TedX Poynter Institute, June 2012 and GeekFest Sept. 2013.
  • “Interviewing for Multiple Platforms,” NABJ August 2015
  • “Radio, Web, Newspapers, TV: A Melding Media World,” Selim Center for Lifelong Learning, University of St. Thomas, June 2015
  • “Telling Great Video Stories,” Multimedia Immersion Workshop, Kick-off speaker, May 2015.
  • “The (mobile/video/cross media) Future,” DePauw University, Visiting professional, October 2013.
  • “The Video Future,” Scholastic Journalism Keynote, Aug. 2013.
  • “Adding Mobile to the Classroom without Breaking a Sweat,” and “Tools for Mobile Video (and photos and audio),” Journalism Interactive, University of Florida, June 2013
  • IGNITE YOUR PASSION: Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop, Saint Paul, September, 2012.
  • UNITY 2012 convention, Las Vegas, August, 2012.
  • Multimedia workshop with Emerson College faculty, May 2012.
  • Multimedia training for Media24 editors, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, February and April 2012
  • Hearst Visiting Professional at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, March 2012, including talk on Mobile, Tablets and the Future of News.
  • Video training for Nieman Fellows, Harvard University, 2012 – 2017.
  • Multimedia training for faculty at Columbia College, Chicago, January 2012.
  • FH Wien University of Applied Sciences, Vienna, Austria, multimedia training for graduate students, December 2011 and 2012.
  • Zimbabwe and South Africa journalism training, organized via US State Dept., two weeks in October 2011. Spoke to journalists, bloggers, civil society NGOs, government officials, and students at Tschwane University of Technology, Christian College of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria and Harare Polytechnic.
  • Society for News Design conference, Saint Louis, “What we know about the mobile audience,” September 2011.
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists conference, 2011 and 2010, “The Mobile Landscape” and “Using Social Media.”
  • Faktenforum Digitale Lebenswelten, “Making Social Media Work for Journalists,” Hamburg, Germany, via Skype, June 2011.
  • Great Plains Journalism Conference, “Telling Better Video Stories,” Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 2011.
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists annual conference, 2011 and 2010, “The Mobile Landscape” and “Using Social Media.”
  • “iPads: The Creative Process in Process” conference, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia, Missouri, opening and closing speaker, March 2011
  • New York Newspaper Association: “Effective Use of Social Media” and “Getting It Fast: Mobile Tools,” Saratoga Springs, New York, March 2011. “What print journalists can learn from video editors” and “Choosing the best medium for the story,” Albany, New York, April 2008.
  • Montreal Gazette, three-day staff video training, November 2010,
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, week-long seminar in multimedia and social media storytelling and faculty training, September 2010.
  • Internews Armenia, Train the Trainers, week-long seminar to help bloggers teach journalism skills, December 2010.
  • Armenia and Azerbaijan journalism training, organized via US State Dept., two weeks in September 2010.
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, consulting and teaching on developing social media strategy for Toronto’s Metro Morning show, September 2010.
  • Institut für Praktische Journalismusforschung, “Cross platform news: What we can learn from the crisis in the U.S. — and what we can’t.” Leipzig, Germany, February 2010.
  • Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger, “Producing Multimedia Projects,” Berlin, Germany, February 2010.
  • Knight Wallace Fellows at Michigan, week-long training in multimedia skills, November 2009.
  • BBC, “Thinking Video, on the Web,” London and Leister, England, August 2009.
  • Poynter Sommerskole, Cross Media Storytelling, one week training with Update.dk, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2009.
  • Akademie für Publizistik, Multimedia and social media for master’s program, Hamburg, Germany, May 2009.
  • Ball State High School Journalism Day, keynote, April 2009.
  • RTNDA@NAB, One-man band bootcamp, Las Vegas, April 2009.
  •  Northern Short Course, National Press Photographers Association: “Advanced video storytelling,” Rochester, New York, March 2008.
  • Society for News Design Quick Course in Audio and Video Editing, Cerritos, California, January 2008 and Columbia, Missouri, June, 2008.
  • Oregon Association of Broadcasters, “Multimedia, Beyond Video,” October, 2008.
  • Western Knight Center: Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop,“A multimedia approach to covering breaking news,” December 2007, “Doing a multimedia story,” May 2006, March 2006, May 2005, March 2005 (UC-Berkeley), August 2003 (USC). The Business of Online Journalism, April 2004 (USC).
  • NPPA Photojournalism Summit and Immersion program: “Talking video in a print newsroom,” and teaching in video training portion of workshop, Portland, Oregon, May 2007 and Louisville, May 2008.
  • The Bulgarian Europe Festival: Multimedia workshop, Rousse, Bulgaria, October 2006 and 2005.
  • Women in Photojournalism: “Video for the Newspaper Photographer,” St. Louis, Missouri, August 2006.
  • ANSA News Agency training seminar: “Producing Multimedia,” Rome, Italy, December 2004.
  • Online News Association Conference: “Video Eye for the Online Guy” panelist, November 2004.
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