Citizen Journalism: Introduction To Video Storytelling

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The International Examiner is teaming up with 21 Progress and Matt Chan, founder of Screaming Flea Productions, to develop a workshop series on citizen journalism.

We live in an age in which it's easy to create and share videos. With the advent of smartphones, social media, and inexpensive cameras, working in the media is no longer necessary to make and distribute documentary short films. As a result of these changes, we've seen a proliferation of videos on the internet advocating for social change and documenting everyday life.

These technological advances provide an incredible opportunity for regular citizens to raise awareness about important issues and increase the visibility of their communities. At the same time, making a good video isn't easy. Citizen journalists often put together videos that don't achieve the goals they set out to achieve when they first decided to make a film. How can this be avoided?

With this workshop series, we will attempt to address these questions and more, with the aim of strengthening aspiring local citizen journalists:
-How do you create a story around issues you care about that is strong enough to compell people to act?
-What are the basics of storytelling that all documentary short filmmakers should know?
-What should you consider when preparing to film?
-What technical tips on video shooting, directing, and editing can improve the quality of a video?

The first session will take place at 21 Progress on Thursday, October 27. This will be an informal meeting focused on learning what storytelling and video skills participants would like to develop, mapping out future workshops in the series, and exploring citizen journalism.

About the workshop leader:
With over 40 years of experience in storytelling, producing, directing, and editing, Matt Chan is a pro. He knows what works, what doesn't, and how to articulate what works and what doesn't. Matt's distinguished career includes producing and directing at KING-TV, serving as the Director of Programming and Production at KXTV in Sacramento, producing four nationally syndicated series, and founded Screaming Flea Productions, which has produced programming for more than sixteen networks worldwide. Matt now lends his skills to helping local nonprofits build compelling stories around their work through video. He hopes to share his experience with young people who will carry on telling our stories and advocating for our communities.
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By: International Examiner

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