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Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism Video Workshop

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About the course

Columbia Journalism School faculty teach you how to tell your story through video. This three-week course focuses on the essentials: how to conceive of and structure a story, how to handle a camera, how to use post‐production software, and how to combine audio and video visual components to deliver a story.

The program is structured for interactive discussion and lab work, which is done in small groups, to maximize the learning process and encourage individual progress. Throughout the program, you will meet with industry innovators and leading video producers, as well as visit the video newsrooms of mid- and large-size news organizations, like Vice, Mashable, Bustle, and the New York Times. These opportunities to meet and observe those working in this fast-shifting field allow you to gain valuable access to networking opportunities and first-hand insight on how to deliver multimedia journalism that is effective and engaging.

Over the course of the program, you will identify, research, and report out several original stories. These stories will deepen in complexity and sophistication as your understanding of the tools and techniques improve, and as you learn from professional critique sessions. You should leave with at least one complete video story.


Week One

June 12 (Monday)

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Syllabus Overview
  • Gear Check Out
  • The Video Journalism Landscape
  • What Makes Good Video
  • Watch Examples of Video
  • Shooting Process

June 13 (Tuesday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Importance of Sound
  • Understanding Microphones
  • Setting up a Sit-down Interview
  • Shooting Process Review
  • Research and Pre-Produce Story 1: Character, Interview, Process

June 14 (Wednesday)

  • STORY 1 Field Production, Shoot Action and Interviews for 2-3 Minute Story

June 15 (Thursday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Preparing for Post Production
  • Review and Questions from the Field?
  • Logging Footage
  • Transcribing Interviews
  • Editing in Premiere Part 1

June 16 (Friday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Editing STORY 1

Week Two

June 19 (Monday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Editing in Premiere Part 2
  • Critique of STORY 1
  • The Pitch: What makes a story a story? What makes it NEWS story?

June 20 (Tuesday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Field Trip: The New York Times
  • Research and Pitch of STORY 2
  • Production Techniques Review
  • Composition

June 21 (Wednesday)

  • STORY 2 Field Production, Shoot Action, Multiple Interviews for 2-3 Minute Story

June 22 (Thursday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Editing STORY 2
  • Narrative Storytelling Techniques

June 23 (Friday)

  • Video of the Day
  • Critique of STORY 2
  • Research and Pitch STORY 3

Week Three

June 26 (Monday)

  • Video of the Day
  • STORY 3 Field Production

June 27 (Tuesday)

  • Field Trip

June 28 (Wednesday)

  • Video of the Day
  • STORY 3 Editing and Production

June 29 (Thursday)

  • Video of the Day
  • STORY 3 Editing and Critique

June 30 (Friday)

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Duy Linh Tu

Duy Linh Tu is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, focusing on education, science, and social justice. His work has appeared in print, online, on television, and in theaters. He is also the author of "Narrative Storytelling for Multimedia Journalists" (Focal Press). Professor Tu teaches repo...


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