2013 IGNITE YOUR PASSION: Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop


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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.

Workshop links to:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IYPWorkshop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/igniteyourpassionworkshop/

WHEN:  September 13-15, 2013
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

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CO-SPONSORED BY:  Gannett Foundation, KARE 11, KUSA-TV, WUSA-TV, National Press Photographers Foundation

COST:  Space is limited so please register early.

  • $75 Non-National Press Photographers Association professionals
  • $65 National Press Photographers Association member professionals
  • $30 students

HOTEL:  A limited number of rooms are available with Workshop rates on first come, first serve basis. Be sure to ask for the NPPA Video Storyteller Workshop rate.

Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront:  $129/single occupancy per night
11 East Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN
651-292 -1900

WORKSHOP PROGRAM (Biographies below):

(Printable Schedule)

Friday, September 13:
Registration: Main Lobby, Science Museum of Minnesota
6-7pm Registration

7-7:15pm Welcome/ Greeting:  Auditorium (Level 3)
“Passion is Everywhere.” Bill Middeke, KARE

7:15-8:30pm Ignite you Passion! Keynote Address: Auditorium (Level 3)
“We have Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler, do we REALLY NEED Journalists anymore?”
Veteran broadcasting reporter, trainer, and author Al Tompkins.

8:30 Social Hour

Saturday, September 14:
8:30am Registration: Main Lobby, Science Museum of Minnesota

9-10:30am Team Storytelling: Auditorium (Level 3)
“What’s Your Theme?”  John Sharify & Doug Burgess – KING

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:00pm Multimedia Journalist: Auditorium (Level 3)
“Back to the Future” Dave Delozier – KUSA

12:00-1:00pm Lunch: Discovery Hall (Level 4)
1:00-1:15pm A message from NPPA President: Auditorium (Level 3)
Michael Borland – WHO-TV

1:15-2:30pm Social Media Auditorium (Level 3)
“How to be a Social Media Superstar.”  Al Tompkins – Poynter Institute & Bea Chang – KARE

2:30-2:45pm Break

3:00-4:15pm Editing (Level 3)
“Fun in the dark – edit with style AND substance.” Steve Rhodes – WTHR

4:15-5:30pm Reporting (Level 3)
“It’s Just Video, Until a Storyteller Creates an Experience.”  Jonathan Malat & Boyd Huppert -KARE

Sunday, September 15:

9am- Noon 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


Tompkins_Al-225KEYNOTE:  Al Tompkins, @atompkins
Al Tompkins is one of America’s most requested journalism and multi-media instructors.

After nearly 30 years working as a reporter, photojournalist, producer, investigative reporter, head of special investigations and News Director, Tompkins joined the Poynter Institute where he is Senior Faculty for Broadcast and Online.

He is the author of “Aim for the Heart” a textbook about multimedia storytelling that has been adopted by more than 90 universities worldwide.

He has taught in 48 states, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, South Africa, Iceland and the Caymans.

Tompkins is the recipient of some of journalism’s highest awards including The National Emmy, the Japan Prize, The American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel, The Peabody, 7 National Headliner Awards, The Robert F Kennedy Award and The Iris Award. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and honored with The Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Tompkins helped to author the national codes of ethics for both the National Press Photographers Association and the Radio and Television Digital News Association.


Burgess-250Doug Burgess, @dgb28burgess
Doug Burgess is a television news photojournalist/editor with 24 years experience. He has covered a wide variety of assignments from daily news, to special projects locally, regionally and worldwide. His assignments have taken him to the West Bank in Israel to cover Israeli – Palestinian conflicts, NYC the days immediately after the attacks on 9/11, refugee camps along the Afghan – Pakistan border, to the summit of MT Rainier with recovering addicts, and Doug was in the first group of embedded journalists in 2003, traveling with US Marines from Kuwait to Baghdad filing live reports along the way.

Doug has worked at KING-TV is Seattle for the last four years while the station’s team was  named NPPA Station of the Year twice, most recently in 2013. He has been an NPPA regional POY eight times, Runner up National POY in 2001, and most recently received the Ernie Crisp award as the NPPA National Photographer of the Year in 2013. He is also part of a team to win the prestigious Columbia/ DuPont award, and a four time National Edward R. Murrow award recipient, including two for Use of Video, and two for Best Documentary in Large Market TV news.


Bea Chang, @beachang
Bea began her career as a news photojournalist in Green Bay, Wisconsin 1993.  Two years later, she joined the team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul as general assignment photojournalist only to find her niche for 13 years as one of the best football videographers in the nation.

In 2000, Bea was part of the NPPA Station of the Year entry.  Also a talented field and executive producer, Bea moved into the digital platforms in 2008 as an online producer and in 2011 became KARE 11’s first fulltime Social Media Manager in the news department.


Dave-Delozier-150Dave Delozier, @DWDelozier
It started out with a few simple words – “Hey kid, do you want to go shoot a baseball game?”  That was the question a veteran newspaper photographer asked a 19-year-old copyboy.  That copyboy was Dave Delozier.  He said yes and the rest is history.

Dave went on to become a newspaper photographer and shot sports for United Press International in Pittsburgh.  He later transitioned to become a television news photojournalist where he was mentored by Larry Hatteberg at KAKE-TV in Wichita.

Dave has been at KUSA-TV in Denver for 34 years and is a former NPPA Television News Photographer of the Year and NPPA Solo Video Journalist of the Year.  He is also the recipient of 32 regional Emmys.

He now works as both a reporter and photojournalist every day and wouldn’t have it any other way.


Boyd Huppert, @BoydHuppert
Boyd Huppert recently marked his 29th year as a reporter, including 17 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 a national Emmy for feature reporting, more than 60 regional Emmys, the National Headliner Grand Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi awards and ten national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Boyd is also a six-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 Danish Broadcasting, 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, Wisconsin, KETV in Omaha and WITI-TV in Milwaukee.   Boyd and his wife Sheri have two sons, Sam and Matt, now out of the house and writing their own stories.


Jonathan Malat, @jonathanmalat
Jonathan Malat has worked as a photojournalist for the last 17 years at KARE 11 in Minneapolis. He previously worked at WJZ-TV and WBFF-TV in Baltimore.

Jonathan has been named Television News Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in both 1998 and 2002, placing him among a handful of photographers to win the award twice. Jonathan’s photography has also been featured on 6 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, over 50 regional Emmys, and over 90 National N.P.P.A. awards.

In addition to daily news assignments, Jonathan is the primary photographer for Boyd Huppert’s Land of 10,000 Stories.  This feature segment at KARE 11 started as a way for Jonathan and  Boyd to work more consistently together on meaningful stories in their community while honing their craft of storytelling.

The duo’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, Denmark’s 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.

Jonathan is passionate about spending time with his wife Molly and daughter Maddie. You can often find them up at sunrise taking pics at a farmer’s market, gardening or any place cool and beautiful in Minnesota.

“I love my job. It is an honor and privilege to tell stories. I am humbled that so many characters have allowed me to share their stories with the rest of the world.” 


Bill Middeke, @wildmediabill
Bill 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 2013 Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop.


Rhodes_Steve-150-2Steve Rhodes, @SrhodesSteve
Steve Rhodes works as a television photojournalist, editor and field producer at WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana.

During his 16 years at WTHR, Steve has not only covered local news but has followed assignments around the world  –  including
coverage of the Olympic games in Australia, Greece, Italy, China, Vancouver and London.

Steve has spent the last several years producing long-form news segments as part of WTHR’s Special Projects Unit, while still contributing to daily newscasts.

He has been named Region 4 Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association five times and is a nine-time Indiana Photographer of the Year.  In addition, his work has been recognized with a Peabody, multiple National Edward R. Murrow awards, more than 40 national NPPA Best of Photojournalism awards and several National Headliners – including the Grand Prize in 2010.  Steve also earned more than 70 regional Emmy awards.

Prior to arriving at WTHR, Steve worked at WNDU-TV  in South Bend, Indiana and KHQA-TV in Quincy, Illinois.

Steve is a 1993 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.  When not working, Steve enjoys travel with his wife Lisa and spending time with his two dogs – Beckham and Nessa.


Sharify-150John Sharify, @johnsharify
John Sharify, one of the most honored broadcast journalists in the country,  lives and breathes storytelling and is grateful to those willing to share their stories. In March, he was selected as the 2013  Runner Up for NPPA’s Reporter of the Year.

The 53-time Emmy award recipient has also been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow Awards, including three  Murrows in Writing.

Sharify  is currently a contributing reporter for KING 5 News, and the General Manager of two Seattle television stations; Seattle Community Colleges Television (SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city’s public access station.  He is also an independent filmmaker. His 2010 documentary about the holocaust, “The Boys of Terezin,” has been shown in film festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm, Miami, New Jersey and Seattle.

Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University.  He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University.  Sharify is honored to have presented a Ted Talk in 2012 about his National Murrow award winning documentary called “Climb of a Lifetime.”

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