Ignite Your Passion: Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop 2016

September 9th and 10th

Registration from this website is now closed. However, you may still register and pay the registration fee at the door.

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.


Workshop links:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/IYPWorkshop   @IYPWorkshop  #IYPWorkshop

WHEN: September 9-10, 2016

Hosted by the Tegna Foundation, KARE 11, KUSA, WXIA, and the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF).


NPPA member $65
Non-NPPA member $80
Student (requires ID) $30


At Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. • Saint Paul, MN 55102 LOCATION: Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. • Saint Paul, MN 55102 All participants enjoy Museum exhibit access. Directions: http://www.smm.org/directions Parking vouchers available for $8/per day SEE THE MAP

Transit to the museum

When you head to the museum, hop on a Metro Transit bus or train. It’s a fast, stress-free way to get around town. With so many routes serving downtown Saint Paul and the museum, getting here is easy! Use the Metro Transit Trip Planner to find the best route


Registrants can book rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at their regular rates, $133-$142 +tax (depending on room type), for September 9-10. Book your room now or call 1 888 HOLIDAY.


(Schedule subject to change)


6-7pm Registration in Main SMM Lobby

7-7:15pm Welcome: Auditorium (Level 3)

“Finding Passion, Fighting Fatigue” Bill Middeke – KARE 11

7:15-8:30pm Keynote Speaker: Auditorium (Level 3)

“A Survival Kit for Professional Storytellers: How to compete in the Age of Social Media” Bob Dotson – NBC News

8:30-9:30pm Social Hour: Elements Café (Level 6)

“A Special Evening with the American Storyteller, Bob Dotson”

Hors d’oeuvre, cash bar, & Bob Dotson book signing



8:30-9:00am Registration in Main SMM Lobby (for those not registered on Friday)

9:00am-10:15am Team Storytelling: Auditorium (Level 3)

“You can’t spell TEAM without ME” Storytelling team of Chris Hansen & Chris Vanderveen – KUSA

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30am-11:30am Social Media & Shooting Techniques: Auditorium (Level 3)

“Cool Tools, Cool Tricks” Carly Danek & Ben Garvin – KARE 11

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Included: Discover Hall (Level 4)

12:30pm-1:45pm MMJ Conversation: Auditorium (Level 3)

“Standout Solo Storytelling” Hosted by Scott Libin – University of Minnestoa, Featuring Adrienne Broaddus & Heidi Wigdahl – KARE 11, Jonathon Gregg – WITI

1:45pm-2pm Break

2pm-3pm Photojournalism: Auditorium (Level 3)

“There are no Traffic Jams on the Extra Mile” 2016 NPPA National Photographer of the Year, Rob Collett – KARE 11

3:00pm-3:15pm Break

3:15pm-4:30pm Storytelling Writing and Reporting: Auditorium (Level 3)

“Writing with Precision, Passion, and Power” Jaye Watson – WXIA and Boyd Huppert – KARE 11

4:30-6:00pm Small Group Critiques:

For those interested: Discovery Hall. (Level 6)

Please sign up at registration desk and bring a maximum of two stories you would like critiqued as a QT on flash drive, or Web Link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) with mixed audio.


Bob Dotson

Bob Dotson, @BobDotson

NBC News Correspondent Bob Dotson has been in more motel rooms than the Gideon Bible, crisscrossing this country, four million miles, practically nonstop, for 40 years, searching for people who are practically invisible, the ones who change our lives, but don’t take time to tweet and tell us about it.

His long-running series, “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” is a regular feature on NBC News programs. He has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including eight National Emmys, six Edward R. Murrow Awards for Writing and the Society of Professional Journalists cited Dotson’s columns for TODAY.COM as the “best writing in new media.” His work has also won top journalism awards from the National Press Photographers, Dupont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.

Dotson was born in St. Louis, Mo. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and political science from Kansas University (1968) and a Master of Science in television and film from Syracuse University (1969) where he was a Graduate Fellow and Outstanding Masters candidate. While attending college, he was a reporter and photographer for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., and was news director and reporter for KFKU-KANU-FM in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dotson lives in New York City with his wife, Linda. They have one daughter, Amy, who is the Creative Director of Independent Film Project, an organization that teaches film makers how best to tell their stories.


Adrienne Broaddus, @ABroaddus

Call letters that spell real words are meant for Adrienne Broaddus

Broaddus joined KARE TV in 2014 from WISH-TV, the former CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, IN.

As an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, she reported at the Meridian Township Government Television station, HOM-TV.

You can blame her father for her career in journalism.

Pops, as Adrienne affectionately calls her dad, made her write. 

She wrote about capturing tadpoles from a creek near her grandmother’s house. She wrote about dementia stealing her grandmother’s memory. And she wrote letters demanding an extended curfew.

And now, the multimedia journalists write stories benefitting Minnesotans with clarity and conviction. 

The award winning journalist believes strong investigative reporting provides a great service to the community.

She’s a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists and she sits on the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Board of Directors.

Rob Collett, @RCstoryteller

Since the fall of 1998 Rob Collett has been trying to capture moments that shape lives and communities. Rob has shared stories across the Midwest, starting at KHAS-TV in Central Nebraska, on South to KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS, then to Green Country at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, OK. In 2013, he was fortunate to join the KARE-TV family, and has embraced the culture of KARE.

Rob feels blessed to share people’s stories. He has a knack for anticipating, and capturing moments. He credits this to many things including hand/eye coordination skills by beating his babysitters in Pitfall, Space Invaders, Centipede, and other fantastic Atari games. He also thinks it has something to do with his skinny chicken legs. They are like camouflage. People often mistake him for a tripod.

Rob’s work has earned him ten regional Emmy’s, numerous regional Edward R. Murrow awards, two national Edward R. Murrow awards, and in 2016 was awarded the NPPA Ernie Crisp National Photographer of the Year Award. The honor being the ultimate career goal.

However, his greatest achievement is his family. He has been married to the beautiful Brianna for three years and became a father to William in 2015.


Carly Danek

Carly Danek, @CJDanek

After college at the University of Minnesota, Carly Danek ran away from home. She worked at KEZI in Eugene, OR and fell in love with the northwest. Then she moved to KOKI in Tulsa, OK where she discovered she hates the heat. Back in Minneapolis, she worked for nearly 9 years at WCCO-TV and recently moved to KARE 11 to work on a new show, Breaking the News.

In her 12 years in TV news, Carly has stolen every clever idea she’s ever had from someone else. She hopes you steal every idea she presents to you. Her greatest achievement is getting second place in a 50k trail race. She won a plaque in the shape of a fish.  It hangs in her kitchen.

Ben Garvin

Ben Garvin, @BenGarvin

Ben Garvin is a multimedia photojournalist for KARE11 News in Minneapolis. His still and video work has won many awards, including Minnesota Journalist of the Year, Minnesota Photographer of the Year and multiple Emmy awards. His work on assignment for the New York Times was included in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story on food poisoning in 2010.

Previously Garvin worked for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in the Twin Cities, the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Garvin grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He earned a BFA in Visual Journalism with a minor in philosophy from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and now lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Jessica, his two boys Arthur and Lewis and twin girls Netta and Bailey.

Ben Garvin

Jonathon Gregg, @JohnnyGregg

Jonathon Gregg is a multimedia journalist at WITI-TV in Milwaukee.  Before coming to the “Good Land,” Jonathon worked in Green Bay and Cedar Rapids.  The Iowa-born journalist was a fledgling news photographer in 2008 and credits an inspiring list of TV shooters for any improvement he’s made since.

Jonathon joined WITI in 2013.  He has three regional Emmy Awards including Best Video Journalist.  Jonathon and WITI’s photography staff earned “Station of the Year” credits for 2015.  He has numerous awards for both photography and writing.  And because he can’t let it go, he was high school Homecoming King, like a million years ago.  When it comes to news photography Jonathon has a saying, “Every frame is a phrase.” Of course he works alone so no one ever hears him say it.  Sad.  But that’s why Jonathon is pumped to join us in St. Paul and talk to other human journalists!

Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen, @Thru9sViewfindr

Chris Hansen still feels new to this business, but each day he strives to perform like a TV news veteran. From special projects to daily turns, he wouldn’t be doing the work he is today without the help of a long list of mentors.

In 2012 he joined the photography staff at KUSA-TV in Denver, CO. Prior to that he worked at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, MN.

Hansen is a three-time finalist for the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year, in addition to that he’s been awarded 21 regional Emmys, 11 regional Murrows, 4 regional APs and a Sigma Delta Chi in 2013 for Best Documentary.

During his free time, you’ll find him on a bike, on a brewery patio or out enjoying Colorado’s countless sunny days.

Boyd Huppert

Boyd Huppert, @BoydHuppert

During his 32 year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.

In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station’s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment.

Boyd has also presented more than 150 visual storytelling workshops across the United States and in Canada, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand.   Boyd is a longtime faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and held each spring at Texas State University – San Marcos.

Boyd’s work as a reporter has earned some of journalism’s highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple National Headliner, Sigma Delta Chi and Gabriel Awards.  In 2015 Boyd was recognized with his 13th & 14th national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association.

Prior to his arrival at KARE in 1996, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated with a journalism degree from UW-River Falls, where he was named the university’s 2013 distinguished alumnus.

Boyd and his wife Sheri have two son, Sam and Matt, both out of the house and producing their own stories.

Scott Libin

Scott Libin, @SMLibin

Scott Libin is the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has three decades of experience as a journalist, including jobs on camera and behind the scenes, as a news manager and as an educator.

Scott is the former VP of news and content at Internet Broadcasting. He was news director at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and WGHP-TV in the Greensboro, N.C., market. He spent seven years on the faculty of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a consultant to news organizations and has trained journalists internationally.

Scott is a member of the RTDNA Board of Directors and is chair of the RTDNA Ethics Committee. He is a director and treasurer of the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press and serves on the ThreeSixty Journalism Board of Advisers.

Bill Middeke

Bill Middeke, @WildMediaBill

Bill Middeke is a general news and special projects photojournalist at KARE 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  A Top Central NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, Bill is a six-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.

Bill started his career at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, WI before venturing to WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA, where he was a member of the first NPPA Station of the Year for Small market.

Bill is a proud graduate of Waldorf University in Forest City, IA, where he regularly guest lectures and mentors.

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

You can follow Bill’s daily shooting and storytelling tips on Twitter, #TVPhotogTips.

Chris Vanderveen

Chris Vanderveen, @ChrisVanderveen

For 20 years, Chris Vanderveen has earned a paycheck telling stories along I-25.  In 1996, he turned off on exit 188 in Casper, Wyoming, to work at KGWC-TV.  In 1998, he headed south to exit 141 to work at KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In 2002, a news director asked him to head north to exit 207 in order to work at KUSA-TV in Denver.

Since then, Chris has tried to make a living by paying attention to the little things.   He’s won many more awards than he’ll ever deserve, but he doesn’t mind telling people he bribed the judges to win a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award for best documentary, a 2012 NPPA award for reporter of the year, and a National Murrow Award for best sports feature (he did sports years ago in Wyoming).

This year, he was named runner-up for NPPA’s Reporter of the Year Award.  Upon discovery that he lost to Jason Lamb, Chris quickly reminded the young upstart that if at any time he couldn’t fulfill his obligations as ROY, Chris would be more than happy to step in and assume the throne.

In the likelihood that never happens, Chris will continue to consider his current job as an investigative reporter at KUSA “one of the best gigs in the biz.”  He also has a beloved daughter named Lila who will hopefully one day take care of him when she feels the need to put him in a home.

He likes skiing and writing.   And he thinks he writes creative bios.  His peers usually disagree with that premise.

Chris Vanderveen

Jaye Watson, @JayeWatson

Jaye Watson’s first job was as a one man band in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1992. She is well remembered for her off-the-shoulder, shaky, blue hued vo/sots. She has been with WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, since 1999. No, she doesn’t want to be an anchor.

In her 24 year career, Jaye has been lucky enough to win many regional Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards, AP, GAB, Atlanta Press Club, and national Gabriel awards. She is the two time recipient of the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing.

Jaye is from Maryland and loves the Chesapeake Bay and steamed crabs eaten with wooden mallets on newspaper-covered tables. Her mother likes to talk about other daughters who at least try to live closer to their parents.

Jaye is a mom and step mom and all her kids’ names have four letters. It was an honest accident. No one believes her.

Her husband is former NPPA-er photographer Kenny Hamilton. They fell in love on the job, so yeah, they’re a cliché, but they’re silly happy. He left TV four years ago. She’s still bitter. He’s not.

She has stayed in the business all these years because she can’t give up that next chance to connect with someone and tell their story. 

Heidi Wigdahl

Heidi Wigdahl, @HeidiWigdahl

Heidi Wigdahl is a multimedia journalist at KARE 11. She previously worked for Tegna sister station WBIR in Knoxville, Tenn. and KTTC in Rochester, Minn. Heidi’s work as an MMJ has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Writing and Hard News, a regional Emmy for “Best Video Journalist” and in 2015, the Tennessee Associated Press named her “Best TV Reporter.” She’s excited to share some of her experiences as an MMJ with other journalists. Heidi lives in northeast Minneapolis with her husband, Eliot, and their cats Bunny Pancake and Backpack the Brave.