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New Multimedia Training Opportunities at the University of Miami

By Andrew DeVigal | Published: Sep 17, 2008 at 9:23pm PST

For almost a decade, the multimedia bootcamp workshops at the University of North Carolina provided one of the main training sites for hundreds of professional journalists seeking to understand new storytelling tools and techniques and to gain hands-on training.

These workshops provided an important introduction for journalists being asked to tell multimedia stories by introducing them to hardware and software, and multimedia planning, production and programming techniques.

Now, Prof. Rich Beckman, the founder and director of the Multimedia Bootcamp Workshops is pleased to announce that the Beyond Bootcamp Workshops for journalists and journalism educators will premier in January at the School of Communication at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he now serves as the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism. The School and the Knight Center for International Media will host the workshops.

Rather than a single workshop that introduces participants to different areas of multimedia storytelling, the Beyond Bootcamp Workshops will each last three days and cover a specific skill set. The workshops will retain many of the most popular features of the Multimedia Bootcamp Workshops, including the opening night keynote presentation, daily lunches with leading multimedia producers, a faculty of the leading multimedia educators and practitioners, training on state-of-the-art hardware and software, highly trained lab assistants and numerous handouts and take-home materials.

The first six workshops will be offered beginning January 3-6 and 7-10, 2009. The schedule is as follows:

January 3-6 January 7-10

Creating Audio Narratives Creating Video Narratives
Faculty: Jim Seida, MSNBC and Faculty: Travis Fox,
Nancy Donaldson, Jim Virga, UM SoC

Multimedia Production Creating Effective Online Infographics
Meredith Birkett, MSNBC and Alberto Cairo, UNC JOMC and
Kim Grinfeder, UM SoC Xaquin GV, New York Times

Teaching Multimedia: A Workshop Multimedia Programming for Journalists
For College Educators Donny Lofland, UNC JOMC and
Prof. Rich Beckman, UM SoC and Tom Jackson, New York Times
Prof. Laura Ruel, UNC JOMC

Each set of workshops will open at 7:30 p.m. with a keynote address and conclude at 5 p.m. on the final day.

Opening Night Keynote Addresses:

Session One: January 3, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m.
Brian Storm, CEO, Media Storm

Session Two: January 7, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m.
Andrew DeVigal, Director of Multimedia, NYT

Lunch Presentations:

Sunday, January 4: Pam Chen, Senior Communications Coordinator, Open Society Institute
Monday, January 5: Tom Kennedy, Director of Multimedia,
Tuesday, January 6: Keith Jenkins, Supervising Senior Producer, NPR
Thursday, January 8: Dr. Paige West, Director of Interactive Projects,
Friday, January 9: TBA
Saturday, January 10: TBA

Tuition for one three-day workshop is $750; tuition for two consecutive three-day workshops is $1,400. Tuition includes all materials, a dedicated computer terminal for each participant, access to state-of-the art hardware and software and many meals (three lunches and two dinners) during the workshop. Tuition does not include transportation or lodging. Each workshop will be limited to the first 15 participants who register and submit payment. Registration is online and available at:

For questions about any of the workshops, contact Prof. Rich Beckman at or 305-284-2726.


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