Writing, Journalism & Broadcasting Workshop Descriptions
Backpack journalists do it all—and you can too. Learn to pitch an idea, shoot video, write a story, and record voiceover. Edit a final news piece and post it on the web. This class is offered only in Washington, DC.
This course introduces you to the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills. Produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for your portfolio.
Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating people in power and powerful organizations, the 10 types of interview, and how to research an interview subject. Speakers will explain how they developed major investigative stories. Tours will show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism and drone journalism. This class is offered only in Washington, DC.
See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for your school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter, or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.
Sportswriting & Broadcasting
Learn to write for a live broadcast. Discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Enhance your skills as a sportswriter. Students produce stand-ups at a Major League Baseball game, in Washington, DC have press box seats to blog for a WNBA game and visit Comcast Sports NET and ESPN 980. In CA, you will interview CAL athletes and held a mock press conference at the Oakland Coliseum and broadcast from AT&T Park.
Film, Video & Photography Workshop Descriptions
Acting for the Camera
Develop skills to interpret a script and build character, and learn acting techniques for the small screen. Explore physical and vocal aspects of character development for camera work. Team up with student directors to create visual portfolios. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 14 – June 24.
This hands-on course for beginning to intermediate students introduces you to the core concepts of animation production. Practice computer-based and hands-on techniques, and build your toolbox. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motion, character design, timing and syncing in animation, and cleanup. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 28 – July 8.
Explore and learn the powerful photographic techniques to make the most of your digital camera. Abundant opportunities to hone your digital photography skills by capturing images of plants, animals and the environment; to city sites, individuals and chance encounters. Assemble a portfolio and have the opportunity to publish your images. This class is offered only in California.
Directing for the Camera
Refine your basic visual vocabulary and learn essential skills to break down a script, tell a visual story, and communicate your ideas to those behind and in front of the camera. Team up with student actors to create visual portfolios. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 14 – June 24.
DSLR cameras are a game changer. Place the creative power of photography and video in your hands. Ignite your creativity, have the clout of communicating a story in true multimedia fashion. This course will expand your abilities and vision in producing a short film, documentary or multimedia story. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 28 – July 8.
This course introduces you to the powerful potential of Adobe Photoshop, where you will learn the tools for manipulating digital images for book covers or movie posters and for creating vector graphics for powerful branding packages and logos. Learn the basics of color and graphic design theory that will communicate your message through both streamlined graphic art and complex digital photo manipulation. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 28 – July 8.
Mobile Game Design
Using accessible tools, learn how to create compelling virtual experiences. This course focuses on the craft of game design and critical thinking about the medium. Students should have computer skills and familiarity with playing games on mobile devices. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 14 – June 24.
Music Entertainment Production
Music has the power to excite and inspire. But how are songs actually put together? In a professional recording studio, learn about multitracking, mixing, and matching music to film or video. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. This class is offered only in Washington, DC.
In conjunction with Nature’s Best Photography magazine and Nature’s Best Photography Students Online, explore techniques for photographing animal, plant, and environmental subjects. Attend discussions with editors and photographers from NBP and NBP Students Online. Go on field trips to museums and nature preserves. Assemble a portfolio and take advantage of the opportunity to publish your images. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 28 – July 8.
Scriptwriting & Video Production
Write an original short script. Produce a video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro, all in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. Equipment provided. Note: An advanced scriptwriting course is offered in Washington, DC, June 28-July 8.
Special effects are necessary to boost the “wow” factor in any science fiction or action film. Through the powerful 2D and 3D tool Adobe After Effects, learn digital tricks and methods for creating simulations like fire, explosions and rain, and masking for flying, teleportation, and sky replacement. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 14 – June 24.
An introduction to 35mm black-and-white photography and basic darkroom techniques. This hands-on course covers both aesthetic and technical issues. You must have your own 35mm camera. Film and darkroom materials are provided. Note: If you have basic knowledge of 35mm photography or have completed 35mm Photography I, an advanced course is available that offers training in lighting, composition, and black-and-white darkroom techniques. This class is offered only in Washington, DC, June 14 – June 24.
Public Relations & Communications Workshop Descriptions
Television, film, theater, music, sports, fashion, gaming…It’s all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging. Why are ratings important in television? How do you promote a film? Could you represent a celebrity—be it an actor or athlete? What is that red carpet all about? Who gets $$ every time you hear a song? Is the gaming industry the next big blockbuster? An inside look and what you need to be successful in the entertainment industry.
Discover what goes into a blockbuster PR campaign—for example, how did the Taco Bell dog ring the bell at the N.Y. Stock Exchange? Learn how to strategize, develop, and implement your own campaign. Explore the art of messaging and talk to media reps about placing your story. This class is offered only in California.
Media for Social Change
Learn how to influence people and help change your community for the better. As a collaborative team, students will learn how to apply the ADDIE model (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) to effect positive change. Students will create a powerful video, animation, or media campaign for a specific organization. This class is offered only in Washington, DC.