West Coast Workshop & 2019 NPPA News Video Awards

The first ever West Coast Workshop and 2019 NPPA Video Awards are June 1, 2019 in San Diego!  Come for a weekend of inspirational presentations, meetings, and fun. This conference is for professionals, veterans and rookies, and students looking to improve their use of video. Then head over to Stone Brewing, one of San Diego’s greatest breweries, for dinner and drinks to see who is crowned by NPPA judges as the 2019 Ernie Crisp Photojournalist of the Year, Editor of the Year, Stations of the Year, and Reporter of the Year.

The weekend starts with Meet-and-Greet Karaoke Friday night, May 31.  NBC7 and Telemundo 20 will host the WCW Saturday, June 1.  The 2019 NPPA Video Awards will be at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station Saturday night.  The WCW will conclude Sunday morning, June 2 with small group sessions at NBC7 and Telemundo 20.

NBC7 and Telemundo 20 are also awarding two scholarships at the WCW!  One student and one active duty military service member or veteran will receive a $500 scholarship to be applied towards future NPPA workshops.  You must apply by May 17th!  Please follow and share this link for directions: https://media.nbcnewyork.com/documents/NPPA+Scholarship+Application.pdf

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Registration Information

West Coast Workshop & NPPA Awards Early Bird Rates (Before April 30)
NPPA Members $65
Non-NPPA Members $80
Students (ID) $30

Awards Only Early Bird Rates (Before April 30)
NPPA Video Awards $30

West Coast Workshop & NPPA Awards Non-Early Bird Rates (After May 1)
NPPA Members $75
Non-NPPA Members $90
Students (ID) $40

Awards Only Non-Early Bird Rates (After May 1)
NPPA Video Awards $40

Travel Details

West Coast Workshop
NBC7/Telemundo 20
9680 Granite Ridge Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

West Coast Workshop Parking
(Location TBA)

2019 NPPA Video Awards
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
2816 Historic Decatur Road
Unit 116
San Diego, CA 92106

San Diego International Airport

Discounted Hotel Information
Hampton Inn (near the Awards and San Diego International Airport)



Uber, Lyft, and taxis are available

Your hotel may have a shuttle

San Diego Trolley

Event Schedule

Meet-n-Greet Karaoke Hosted by Karaoke Superstar Eric Sander
May 31, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Hole in the Wall
2820 Lytton Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Let’s get together Friday night, toast each other, and sing a few songs in one of San Diego’s bars off-the-beaten-path.  Eric Sander, one of the karaoke world’s great photographers will be your Host and MC. This is not mandatory. You must be 21 and there is no cover charge.  Drinks and food are on your own.  The (bad) entertainment is free.

West Coast Workshop

June 1, 2019, 8:00 AM

NBC7 & Telemundo 20


9:00-9:05 – INTRODUCTION

9:05-9:55 – SPEAKER ONE

10:00-10:50 – Greg Bledsoe

11:00-11:50 – SPEAKER THREE


1:45-2:35 – Joe Little



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2019 NPPA Video Awards
June 1, 2019, 7:00 PM
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

West Coast Workshop

June 2, 2019, 9:00 AM

NBC7 & Telemundo 20

9:00-10:30 – Pre-scheduled meetings and small group session



Boyd Huppert

Greg Bledsoe is a two time NPPA Solo Video Journalist of the Year, and 23 time emmy winner for writing, editing, reporting and photography. He currently anchors weekday mornings for NBC in San Diego.

Greg grew up in Denver admiring and learning from the storytelling at KUSA where he eventually interned before graduating from the University of Colorado’s school of journalism. He later completed the Mississippi State Broadcast meteorology program for a brief stint in weather before landing on the anchor desk in 2016.

While he spends most of his time on the desk these days, Bledsoe still shoots, writes and edits the weekly Your Corner series for NBC 7 News Today featuring interesting and inspiring people around San Diego.

“The best storytellers are our subjects themselves,” he says. “My goal is simply to help them tell their own stories.”

Greg lives in downtown San Diego with his wife and their two young children.

Drop Greg a line: greg.bledsoe@nbcuni.com

Or find him often on Instagram @bledsoe.nbc

Joe Little is an MMJ and the Director of Storytelling at NBC7 in San Diego, CA.  He also travels the country with his Garden Gnome teaching his strategies for better storytelling, on-camera performances, and time management.

Joe has been awarded 12 individual Emmys and was a finalist for the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting in 2017.  His creative stories have taken viewers as far away as Pakistan; to a story completely contained inside a dumpster.

Joe’s mantra: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”

It has served him well since 1999 as he zigzagged across the country as a television news reporter and anchor with stops in Hagerstown, Maryland; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; San Diego and Carlsbad, California.  Joe has taught journalists and students from around the world how to improve their visual storytelling.  He joined the faculty at the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma in 2013.  Coincidentally, that was also the last year Joe used a stick mic.

His coverage of the 9/11 attacks is among Joe’s greatest accomplishments.  He was four miles away from Shanksville, Pennsylvania when United Flight 93 crashed.  Joe was one of the first reporters on the scene.  His accounts are included in a book called Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report on 9/11. Joe’s expertise has also been included in a number of journalism textbooks.

Joe received his Masters from Syracuse University in 1999.  But he credits George Mason University with building a strong foundation for his career.  In 1998, he earned his BA in Speech Communication.  While at Mason, Joe was a proud member of the Men’s Basketball Team (Career Totals: 2 points, 3 rebounds).  In 2010, the Department of Communication and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences named Joe the Alumnus of the Year.

The father of two amazing sons is engaged to fellow NBC7 Reporter Audra Stafford.

Lisa Berglund is an award winning videographer, editor, producer and storyteller. For over 50 years, the National Press Photographers Association has awarded its Photographer of the Year to the finest in the nation. Lisa was the first and only woman videographer to receive this honor.
Lisa’s work with corporations, international news groups and non-profit organizations has given her powerful professional experience – including shooting, producing, and editing news, marketing and promotional videos, documentaries, PSA’s and music videos.
Lisa specializes in working in some of the most remote corners of the world, because she feels strongly about giving voice to people who are rarely heard. She has worked in over 25 countries, including Angola, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, India, and Ecuador.
Lisa is also a sought after teacher and coach. She consulted for the E.W. Scripps Company, helping more than 1,000 working journalists become better visual storytellers. She is a presenter at the National Press Photographer’s News Video Workshop, and has taught at the Poynter Institute, and numerous schools and universities.
Lisa is featured in a book highlighting news photography: Roll – Shooting TV News – Views From Behind the Lens.
She is the owner of Gold Dog Media, Inc., and lives with her two border collies in Washington State. 

Please contact Joe Little at joe.little@nbcuni.com