Last year, we published a list of great visual journalism workshops, and there are lots of lists like this out there. After looking through them, we’ve realized that the prices of these workshops are way too high for most of us journalists, especially for those who are freelancing or just starting out. So we narrowed it down; here’s a list of workshops under $1,000 (plus travel expenses) that we think are totally worth your hard-earned cash.
It takes a lot of time and money to make a documentary, especially when you are just starting out. It’s one thing to get the filming done but another to get your film into post-production. One of the first things you can do to draw attention to your film is to make a trailer that will start buzz about your film, even while it’s still in production.
Mélanie Gouby didn’t expect to star in a documentary when she began reporting on the Congo, but the independent journalist from France found herself as a tour guide in the award-winning documentary Virunga.
The film is about Virunga National Park, the oldest and most biodiverse park on the African continent. The story revolves around four main characters, including an ex-child soldier turned park ranger, a caretaker for orphan gorillas, a Belgian conservationist and journalist Mélanie Gouby. As the film’s tagline says, “Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.” (more…)
This year marks the 6th anniversary of the Congo in Harlem Film and Event Series. To kick off the series we'll be holding a panel discussion on journalism in the DRC at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School.
Cyrus Fakroddin and his pet goat Cocoa take a taxi ride in New York, April 7, 2012. Fakroddin said. / Photo by Allison Joyce
A police officer receives first aid after being attacked by rioters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2013. / Photo by Nicolas Tanner
April 21, 2012: A moment of political passion breaks out amongst tens of thousands who gathered for a pre-election protest in Tahrir Square. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
The 2014 Angola Prison Rodeo in Angola, Louisiana on April 26, 2014 / Photo by Cooper Neil
Photojournalism can be a very lonely profession, especially as a freelancer working in remote areas. That’s why photographers Alex Potter, Allison Joyce, Amanda Mustard, Cooper Neill and Nicolas Tanner decided to form their own collective.
In this tutorial, we'll explain how to change the AVCHD files that the C100s produce into .MOV files that are easier to edit with Premiere CC.
GIDEON’S ARMY, an award winning documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and on HBO in 2013, follows the stories of three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South.
The main characters work to challenge the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. They struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads; even the most committed often give up in their first year.
The director of Gideon’s Army, Dawn Porter, recently spoke at the Columbia Journalism School during Film Fridays. These are some highlights from the conversation, led by professor Betsy West.
We spoke to the talented photo editor Myles Little of Time magazine about his day-to-day job, choosing photographers and images for TIME magazine covers and his advice for aspiring photographers and editors.
Joseph carries a gas mask because he does not trust the air he breaths. Photo by Kali Kotoski
Marco, from Puerto Rico, lives on the streets of East Harlem. He found these two dolls while collecting cans to deposit in the recycling center. He calls them his wife and son. Photo by Ye Ming
Chloe Collier sneaked into the South Ferry subway station under the turnstile. Photo by Yan Cong
Jamal A., a 36-year-old French, came from Atlanta to New York to fix some paperwork for his passport with the French Consulate a few months ago. He has nowhere to stay in New York, as he’s still waiting for the Consulate to process his documents. “At first it’s awkward, but it’s okay to sleep here, unless it’s cold,” Jamal said. Next to him, two other homeless people have already fell asleep. Photo by Yan Cong
Michael, 53 has been on the streets since 1992. He had been incarcerated for cocaine possession. He has lived on the streets since the day he was released. The subway platform at Columbus Circle is Michael’s home during the winter. “I come here to get away from the cold. I sleep through the noise,” he said.
Michael’s parents emigrated from Nairobi, Kenya when he was two. He grew up and worked in Fairfield County, Connecticut before joining the National Guard in 1979. After being discharged in 1983, he worked at car wash and had a string of jobs. He was engaged to be married before he was arrested.
“I had a daughter with my fiance, but now I don’t where she is,” he said.
Eating fruit that was offered to him by stranger, he said “People in Africa would kill for the food I just received. This is not as bad as it seems.” Photo by Anand Katakam
Out in the Cold is a documentary photo project designed to bring awareness to chronic cases of homelessness in New York City. It focuses on people who live on the fringes of society, neglected by the city and their community, and whose stories habitually go untold.
We spoke to Mashable’s Evan Engel and Bianca Consunji (Columbia Journalism School alum, ’12) about their latest short documentary, the story of two survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (more…)
Lauren Steel is a Managing Editor at Reportage by Getty Images and is responsible for a group of renowned photographers. She started at Getty Images in 2003 as an entertainment assignment editor for the newswire, and she has been a part of the Eddie Adams Workshop faculty for the last 8 years. what she looks for in photographers, and what photojournalists who want representation with Getty need to pay attention to.
Lauuren Steel is a Managing Editor at Reportage by Getty Images and is responsible for a group of renowned photographers. She started at Getty Images in 2003 as an entertainment assignment editor for the newswire, and she has been a part of the Eddie Adams Workshop faculty for the last 8 years. We spoke to Lauren about being a photo editor and what it takes to make it in the field.
Josh Davis is an award-winning multimedia journalist and documentary videomaker who recently helped produce "Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt." We spoke to him about how he got into the field and his thoughts on visual storytelling.
We spoke to two members of the team behind the interactive documentary Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt. Josh Davis and Kainaz Amaria told us about the conceptualization and production of this beautifully executed piece.
As members of the media, we should serve as a channel for children to speak for themselves, while at the same time respecting ethical principles and protecting their identities when appropriate.
This post on working with children is part five of our Covering Sensitive Populations series, where we help dissect the intricacies of working with subjects that may be made vulnerable to media attention.