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2011 Conference to Focus on Both Multimedia and Employment in Today’s Economy

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The 2011 Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference, which will be held Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 at

Western Washington University’s Department of Journalism is now open for pre-registration. In a nod to these difficult times, any currently unemployed professional visual journalist who was laid off from their staff job in the past two years may attend the Saturday Speakers' Series on July 16, including a catered lunch, free of charge.

Topics that will be discussed at this year’s conference include the business of multimedia, how to stay inspired, how to come up with and execute good ideas and how to reinvent one’s self after losing a job.  A special session will be offered to students that will address how to get an internship or first job in this tough economy. There will also be a shoot-out style photo contest and portfolio critique session with prizes for the best student and best professional portfolio.

This year’s faculty includes Pulitzer Prize-winner Deanne Fitzmaurice, 2010 Scripps Howard Foundation first place winner Lisa Krantz, 2010 College Photographer of the Year Rachel Mummey, 2010 NPPA Region 11 Photographer of the Year Don Seabrook, Seattle Times photo editor Kevin Fujii, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff photographer Mike Kane, now represented by Zuma Press, and MSNBC senior Producers Meredith Birkett and Jim Seida.

Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17 will be multimedia workshop days with limited enrollment. They will be hosted by nationally renowned multimedia producers and instructors Jim Seida and Meredith Birkett from and Seattle Times video editor Danny Gawlowski.  The workshops will focus on creating compelling multimedia stories using stills, audio, video and language.  

  • Day-one of the workshop will focus on classroom exploration of multimedia essentials like audio quality, interview techniques, best practices for capturing still and moving pictures for multimedia, ethics and how to structure a captivating story. Alternative reporting tools like iPhones will also be discussed.

  • Day-two of the workshop will involve a gear tutorial and assignment, hands-on Final Cut instruction, producing and editing of assignments shot by the participants, with coaching by multimedia professionals.

A silent print auction held on Saturday, July 16 will help cover conference costs for unemployed visual journalists who attend.

            Fees for the conference:

  • Friday workshop - $125
  • Friday & Sunday - $175
  • Saturday conference - $95 (professional), $50 (student with current ID)
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday - $250

            Those who register by May 31 can save 10 percent on registration fees.

To register or to receive more information on attending or donating to the auction, visit the BVJC website or contact event coordinator Alexis Tahiri or co-director Russ Kendall at 360-715-2265. Updates are also available on Facebook at


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