Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling

Course Overview

Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes about one to two hours to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Want to spread your wings beyond print reporting, but don’t know where to start? In this course, you’ll learn the basic steps of telling your story with multimedia. You’ll discover ways to map out your story before you head out to do your reporting. And you’ll learn when to use such tools as audio, video and graphics.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements in a multimedia story
  • Understand which stories are more suitable for multimedia
  • Sketch a concept for a story
  • Identify tools needed to gather content in the field
Who should take this course:

Anyone who wants to learn how to tell a story in a multimedia format.

Course Instructor:

Jane Stevens

Jane Stevens joined The World Company in Lawrence, KS, as director of online strategies in June 2009 after completing a nine-month fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The World Company publishes,, and several sites with accompanying print products in Northeast Kansas and in Colorado. The World company created Django, released it into open source in 2005, and developed a proprietary CMS called Ellington, which is used by more than 200 news organizations around the U.S. They used Ellington to launch WellCommons, a local/regional health niche news/social media site and the first of several niche sites.

Training Partner:

Knight Digital Media Center

The Knight Digital Media Center is a partnership of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 7.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection