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Speakers' Series (Saturday, July 16):

Nationally recognized photojournalists will discuss various topics including the business of multimedia, how to stay inspired, how to come up with and execute good ideas and how to reinvent yourself after losing a job.

Featuring: Meredith Birkett, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kevin Fujii, Mike Kane, Lisa Krantz, Rachel Mummey and Don Seabrook

Speakers schedule Saturday, July 16, 2011

8 am: Don Seabrook, the 2011 NPPA Region 11 Photographer of the Year and a Wenatchee World photographer and editor for 28 years, will talk about making compelling pictures in the same town year after year after year.

8:45 a.m.: Welcome

9 a.m: Rachel Mummey, the 2011 College Photographer of the Year, will talk about how creating relationships with community members will lead to great pictures and long-term projects.

10:15 a.m: Coffee break (the print auction will open for bids.)

10:30 am: Deanne Fitzmaurice, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Photography, will speak about gaining access to people's lives. Whether they are a famous athlete or a wounded Iraqi child, how do you put them at ease so you can capture authentic moments? Deanne will also talk about becoming a multimedia storyteller.

11:45 a.m.: Lunch. (For students there'll be a special lunchtime session - Kevin Fujii, photo editor, Seattle Times and Russ Kendall, photo editor, The Bellingham Herald, will talk about what to do and what NOT to do when applying for internships and first jobs. They'll share some horror stories.)

1 p.m.: Meredith Birkett, Senior Producer MSNBC, will talk about the Business of Multimedia. What are producers looking for? What will they pay? Can you make a living?

2:15 p.m. Coffee break

2:30 p.m.: Lisa Krantz, staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News and winner of the 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation award, will talk about "Searching for the Golden-Cheeked Warbler and other adventures in community journalism."

3:45 p.m. Break (the print auction ends.)

4 p.m. Out of The Ashes: Mike Kane, former staff photographer at the Seattle Post Intelligencer will talk about making the transition from newspapers to freelance, while trying to stay true to his documentary roots

5:15 p.m. Dinner (on your own).

7:30 - 9 p.m.: Portfolio critique with a variety of editors and photographers. There will be a prize for the best student portfolio and a prize for the best professional portfolio.

Multimedia Workshops:

Learn multimedia story telling from nationally renowned multimedia producers and instructors Jim Seida and Meredith Birkett from, and Danny Gawlowski from the Seattle Times. The instructors have shared their knowledge at other prestigious workshops like the Eddie Adams workshop, the Kalish Workshop, NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion, Poynter, and others.

The focus of the workshop will be on creating great multimedia stories using stills, audio, video and writing both as text or in voice. We will produce stories using video software. Students who are primarily interested in audio slideshows will also find the workshop useful since combining still photography and audio will be discussed, though Soundslides software will not be taught.

Day 1 (Friday, July 15) 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 compelling story. Alternative reporting tools like iPhones will also be discussed.

The first day of the multimedia workshop will be classroom education focusing on the following topics:

8:30-9:00 Introductions

9:00-10:30 Just listen: Audio recording technique

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 More than just a pretty face: Video interviews

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 This isn’t radio: Video gathering

2:00-2:30 You’re the one who has to sleep at night: Multimedia ethics

2:45-3:15 Phoning it in: mobile reporting

3:30 – 4:30 Assignment / Camera training

Day 2 (Sunday, July 17) The second day of the multimedia workshop will be applied learning under the direction of coaches who all work as multimedia journalists. Participants will be assigned gear on the first day of the workshop, find and shoot stories on their own time, then be prepared to edit their stories on Sunday morning. Day 2 will focus on the following topics:

8:00-9:00 Introduction to video workflow, Discussion and debriefing about the shooting experience

9:00-11:00 Introduction to Final Cut Pro

11:00-3:00 Video and multimedia editing

3:30-6:00 Critique and review of projects

Participants can choose to join just the classroom teaching of Day 1 or both Day 1 as well as the applied shooting and editing workshop with coaching on Day 2.

Special Events
In addition to the Speakers' Series and workshops, there will also be a shoot-out style photo contest and portfolio critique session with prizes for best student and best professional portfolio.


   First place will be a Nikon D5100 kit. Second place will be a LowePro 250 AW camera/laptop bag. Third place will be a Photo Mechanic single user license. In the spirit of keeping it simple, all BVJC attendees who have registered by noon on Monday, July 11 PST, will be emailed the same conceptual photo assignment. You'll have until 5 PM, Wednesday, July 13, PST, to shoot and edit, then FTP or email one captioned photo to us. Instructions will be included with the assignment. The winners will be announced on Saturday, July 16.

Nikon will clean and check Nikon bodies and lenses for free registered attendees. That alone is worth the price of registration! Nikon will also be bringing some of their new camera and lenses for you to try out.


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