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Brooks Institute to host no-cost visual journalism workshop next month  
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | by Rob Galbraith
Late next month, Brooks Institute will host a multi-day workshop that focuses on the shooting and editing of stills, video and audio into a finished documentary piece. Called the VJ Multimedia Workshop, it's aimed at both visual journalism students and photojournalists who have been recently laid off. It's free to attend.

The application deadline is June 21, 2009 and the workshop itself runs from July 30 - August 2, 2009 in Ventura, California. There are a total of 50 spots available.

More information is in the press release below.

Press Release


VJ Workshops develops tuition-free multimedia workshop intended for current college students and professional visual journalists who have been laid off in the last two years
VENTURA, CALIF., (June 1, 2009) – VJ Workshops, in partnership with Brooks Institute in Ventura, Calif., has launched a tuition-free multimedia workshop to be held at the Ventura campus of Brooks Institute from July 30 thru Aug. 2, 2009.

Responding to the current U.S. economy and the state of the newspaper industry, VJ Workshops Founder and Executive Director, Paul Myers, developed the multimedia workshop to provide college students and professional journalists with strategies for storytelling in the ever-changing media landscape.

“Over the years, so many people in the visual journalism community have volunteered in support of the education of the next generation of visual journalists, Myers said. “Our goal is to give back to the visual journalism community by educating a new generation of visual journalists in current practices and strategies.”

Myers, who is a visual journalism faculty member at Brooks Institute, founded VJ Workshops in 2009 with Brooks colleagues Greg Cooper, Susan Bloom and freelance photographer Daryl Peveto.

“My goal for this workshop is to create a space where we can share ideas, techniques and, most importantly, philosophies about visual journalism in a workshop environment, Myers said. “Rather than creating one portfolio quality multimedia piece, the aim is to nurture a philosophy of practice in the participants that will provide strategies for creating compelling multimedia stories on a daily basis as the industry continues to change.” 

The tuition-free multimedia workshop is open to all university students and visual journalists who have been laid off during the two years. The only costs for attendees are their personal expenses: travel to the workshop, transportation, food and lodging during the workshop.

The workshop provides a shooting and production environment for visual storytellers based in the traditions of journalism. The deadline to apply for the workshop is June 21, 2009. Applications can be found on the workshop’s Website:

Using video, audio and still photography, participants in the workshop will document life in Ventura, Calif., within a span of 24 hours, followed by two days of hands-on post- production days in a team environment. Additionally, a variety of guest speakers are lined up to provide inspiration and discuss technical aspects related to multimedia storytelling.

The foundation of the workshop will be steeped in the documentary tradition, using the latest technology in visual storytelling and led by a team of media professionals. The team leaders include Tom Kennedy of; Scott Anger, Director of Video at the Los Angeles Times; Myung Chun, videographer at the Los Angeles Times; Pauline Lubens, Staff Photojournalist at the Mercury News; and Jim Merithew, Photo Editor.

The workshop staff, guest speakers, team leaders and technical assistants are volunteering their time and expertise to make this workshop tuition-free. Additional industry support from Brooks Institute, Olympus and Photoshelter makes this workshop possible, as well.

More information about the workshop and the application process is available at the VJ Workshops Website:

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