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IGNITE YOUR PASSION: Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop

Don’t miss this opportunity to share the excitement and drive for excellence with some of the top visual journalists in the country. Whether you’re just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this weekend workshop will inspire and IGNITE YOUR PASSION to push to the next level of video storytelling.

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WHEN: September 12-13, 2014

LOCATION: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul. All participants enjoy Museum exhibit access.
Directions: http://www.smm.org/directions
Parking vouchers available for $8/per day

CO-SPONSORED BY: Gannett Foundation, KARE 11, KING-TV, WXIA-TV, National Press Photographers Foundation

COST: Space is limited so please register early.

Before early bird:  by Aug 22
NPPA Members: $50
Non- Members: $65
Student: $25


After August 22 August 25:
NPPA Members: $65
Non- Members: $80
Student: $30

Holiday Inn Downtown St. Paul
175 West 7th Street , St. Paul, MN 55102
Call hotel directly and ask for “KARE 11 Workshop”

WORKSHOP PROGRAM (Biographies below):


11:30am Registration begins in Main SMM Lobby

12:00-1:00pm  Lunch in Discovery Hall (Level 4)

1:00pm Welcome/ Greeting: Auditorium (Level 3)
“The 4 P’s.” Bill Middeke – KARE

1:15-2:30pm Photojournalism: Auditorium (Level 3)
Building Blocks of Photojournalism” – Scott Jensen – KING

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-3:45pm Social Media: Auditorium (Level 3)
“Stop Broadcasting… Start Listening” Erica Hanna – Bring Me The News

 3:45-4:00pm Break

4:00-5:15pm Reporting: Auditorium (Level 3)
“Storytelling Tools That Work Under Deadline” Joe Fryer – NBC News

8:30am Registration: Lobby

9-10:30am Multimedia Journalism: Auditorium (Level 3)
Backpack Journalism: Doing It All and Doing It Well” Matt Pearl – WXIA

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45am-11:30am Investigative: Auditorium (Level 3)
“Investigations: A Journey of Discovery” – Steve Eckert – KARE

11:30-12:30pm Lunch: Discovery Hall (Level 4)

12:30-12:45pm A message from NPPA: Auditorium (Level 3)

12:45-2:00pm  Storytelling: Auditorium (Level 3)
“The Inside Story” Boyd Huppert and Jonathon Malot- KARE

2:00-2:15pm  Goodbye

2:15-4:30pm Small group critiques:

For those interested: Argon, Xenon, Neon rooms. (Level 6)
Please sign up at registration desk and bring a maximum of two stories you would like critiqued on a DVD, QT on flash drive, or Web Link (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) with mixed audio.

QUESTIONS? bmiddeke@kare11.com


Steve EckertSteve Eckert’s investigative reports have earned television journalism’s highest honors. In addition to Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Edward R. Murrow, RFK, Sigma Delta Chi and National Headliner Awards, he is a 4-time winner of the prestigious IRE Award (Investigative Reporters & Editors).

Steve’s stories do more than win awards. They’ve revealed wrongdoing, exposed hidden dangers and prompted changes in local, state and federal laws.

He now leads the investigative unit at Gannett-owned KARE 11 in Minneapolis.  Before that he produced in-depth investigations for NBC News. His highly-rated reports appeared on Dateline NBC, TODAY, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC and other cable outlets.

fryer_headshot23Joe Fryer is a West Coast correspondent for NBC News, reporting for NBC Nightly News, TODAY Show, MSNBC, the Weather Channel and NBCNews.com.  Since joining the network in 2013, he has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories, including the Oso landslide, Isla Vista shooting spree, deadly Colorado floods and destructive San Diego wildfires.  His feature stories have included interviews with Ringo Starr, John Williams, Olivia Newton John, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and more.

Before joining NBC, Joe was lucky enough to report for some of the best storytelling stations in the country: KING 5 in Seattle, KARE 11 in Minneapolis and WTVF in Nashville.  He grew up in Minnesota and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism near Chicago.

In all, Joe has received four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the prestigious Writing Murrow.  He has also won 11 Regional Murrows, 19 Regional Emmys, two National Headliner Awards and one Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Joe serves on the faculty of the NPPA’s annual Advanced Storytelling Workshop in San Marcos, Texas.

ericahannapicErica Hanna is a creative television “preditor” (producer, writer, shooter, director, editor) …turned Social Media Engagement and Branding Director at @BringMN.  Throughout the years, she’s worked with folks like Ellen DeGeneres; and local legends Prince, Don Shelby, and Rick Kupchella. She’s now taking those wacky ideas and tease writing skills from the land of TV at WCCO to the social media landscape at BringMeTheNews.com, where new social practices put into play have caused tremendous website growth.

Her speaking experiences stretch from AdFed to The Minnesota Bloggers conference, Associate Collegiate Press, Midwest Journalism conference, and she was also named one of the top “under the radar leaders” in the Twin Cities. As a Geek Girls Guide “Geek of the Week”, she has learned to embrace her nerdiness.

Weekends outside of social are spent on the production side of things with her business “Puke Rainbows Creative.” But, her number one passion is raising almost $30,000 for water wells in Africa through social media (which earned her Klout’s national “Klout for Good” award). She loves sarcasm, stories, cats, karaoke, and says “dude” a lot. Her motto is, “When life gives you rain…puke a rainbow.” Gross, but effective.

HuppertBoyd Huppert recently marked his 30th year as a reporter, including 18 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul where he produces KARE 11′s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment.

Boyd’s work has earned some of broadcast journalism’s highest honors, including 12 national Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Scripps Howard Award, a national Emmy and Multiple Sigma Delta Chi, National Headliner, and Gabriel awards.   Boyd is also a seven-time recipient of the Photojournalism Award for Reporting, presented annually by the National Press Photographers Association.

In addition to his work at KARE 11, Boyd has presented more than 100 storytelling sessions at venues including TV2 and DR in Denmark, TV New Zealand, and NRK in Oslo, Norway.  He is a long-time member of the faculty at the NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring at Texas State University – San Marcos.

Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.  Prior to his arrival at KARE 11, he spent time at WSAW-TV in Wausau, KETV in Omaha and WITI-TV in Milwaukee.

jensenSince 1996, Scott Jensen has been a photojournalist at KTUU in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, KARE in Minneapolis, KGW in Portland, Oregon and KING in Seattle. He also spent a year as an executive producer for KTVA in Anchorage. And he taught visual journalism courses at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Currently, Scott serves and KING’s chief photographer and director of photojournalism. He’s been in these positions since May of 2012.

In 2003 and 2008 Scott was named the National Press Photographers Association Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year. He’s a five-time NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year and a five-time finalist for the Ernie Crisp. He’s won more than two-dozen regional Emmy and Murrow awards. His work has been recognized with a few national awards as well.


Jonathan Malat is the current 2014 Television News Photographer of the Year. Malat has also been awarded this honor by The National Press Photographers Association in 2002 & 1998.

Malat is the Director Of Photojournalism at KARE in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Malat has been a photojournalist for the last 19 years at KARE-TV. He previously worked at WBFF-TV and WJZ-TV both in Baltimore.

Jonathan’s photography has also been featured on 10 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, over 50 N.A.T.A.S. Emmys, and over 80
National N.P.P.A. awards.

In addition to daily news assignments, Jonathan is also the primary photographer for Boyd Huppert’s Land of 10,000 Stories. A weekly feature segment at KARE that Jonathan and Boyd started as a way to work more consistently together on meaningful stories in their community while honing their craft of storytelling.

Huppert & Malat’s passion for storytelling and teamwork has allowed them to share this knowledge of their craft at the National Writers Workshop, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, TV New Zealand, Denmarks Radio, TV2(DK), and NRK in Norway. Jonathan and Boyd are also longtime faculty members at the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring in San Marcos, Texas.

Middeke-1Bill Middeke is a general news photojournalist at KARE 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  A Top Central NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, Bill is a four-time member of an NPPA Station of the Year award winner, multiple time finalist for NPPA National Photographer of the Year, as well as earning a National Murrow Award for Videography.

Dedicated to excellence and passionate about the art of visual journalism, Bill is the driving force behind the 2014 Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop.

Matt Pearl Profile PictureMatt Pearl is a 13-time Southeast Regional Emmy-winning and four-time Regional Murrow Award-winning reporter for WXIA-TV, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate. He specializes in human interest pieces and regularly produces long-form stories as a multimedia journalist (MMJ). This past year, he was named the NPPA’s Solo Video Journalist of the Year.

During his career, Matt has served as a correspondent from the 2008 Democratic Convention, the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, and the Winter Olympics twice, in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. His stories have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Weather Channel, and, most recently, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Matt is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He worked at affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, NY before taking his current position in Atlanta. He has worked in both news and sports, taught at various journalism conferences, and in 2013 created a journalism and storytelling blog called “Telling the Story”.