SKILLS: Digital Journalism Skills Intensive

In just two weeks you will learn the digital skills you need to tell your stories online

Session I: Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 13


Session II: Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 27

(Choose One)

Cost: $1,999

Apply here.

Today’s journalists need to use the latest technology. They need to tell stories across multiple platforms and reach diverse audiences. Whether you are a seasoned journalist or a college student, you will walk away from this two-week course knowing how to use your smartphone to report on the streets of New York, how to enrich your reporting with visual elements and how to edit and distribute digital media that gets noticed online.

During the two-week course you will:

  • Learn to stay ahead of the game with the new media landscape
  • Maximize your smartphone by learning to capture high-quality photos and videos and use new cool tools
  • Confidently approach people to get stories from real New Yorkers
  • Harness the power of social media to report, package and promote your content
  • Collaborate with students from all over the world on reporting projects
  • Hear from guest speakers from a variety of media organizations
  • Visit newsrooms and media organizations to see firsthand how they distribute digital media

Day-by-day activities in this intensive are subject to change.

New York Reporting We will go over everything you need to know about reporting in New York City. You’ll have an outdoor reporting exercise – interviewing, photographing, editing and posting of your work.
Photojournalism You will have discussions on demands and opportunities for photojournalists. You will learn photographic techniques with smartphones followed by an outdoor photo shoot.
Audio for the Web We will go over effective interview techniques and how to capture audio on your smartphone. You’ll practice with an outdoor interview project. You’ll end with instruction on audio editing.
Storytelling Our instructors will help you come up with a story idea so that you can put your new audio, photo and reporting skills into practice. You will edit a short news clip.
Social Media Learn to use social media to find news stories, engage the public, brand yourself and distribute stories.
Video After an overview of video storytelling in all of its forms, you’ll learn how to use your smartphone for capturing and editing videos. You’ll create a sample video and use it to learn editing techniques.
New Cool Tools You’ll learn 360° photo and video and how to use Adobe Premiere, as well as other cutting edge software and apps.
Editorial Process As a group, we will formulate a final project. You’ll learn more advanced interview techniques and will go out to begin collecting information.
Production As a group, we will put together the project, threading together interviews, photos and videos captured on a previous day.  
Live Reporting You will go to the streets for a live reporting project.
Final Edits You will spend a day finalizing edits on your videos, audio clips and short stories. You’ll also get your certificate of completion!