Video Storytelling with the Pros: Discover the Magic Moments in Breaking News

Course Overview

Video Storytelling with the Pros: Discover the Magic Moments in Breaking News
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
The video replay is about an hour long, but you can watch it at your own pace.

About Seminar Snapshots

A Seminar Snapshot features video highlights that capture the key learning of a seminar presentation.

When covering breaking news, "magic moments" can come and go in an instant. You'll learn how to uncover these moments and to use them, along with natural sound, to bring subjects to life.

This Seminar Snapshot contains edited video highlights from a presentation by Chris Vanderveen, winner of the 2012 NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting. Vanderveen talks about how to make a story memorable, how important characters are to a good story and to build up emotion in a story.

This Seminar Snapshot is part of a daylong workshop at Poynter Institute in partnership with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) on Jan. 19, 2013. You can see all the on-demand replays from that event here: Video Storytelling with the Pros: Creativity on a Deadline

What Will I Learn:
  • How to make a story memorable
  • Better understand characters
  • How to find a theme
  • How to build up to emotion
  • how to make story-gathering part of storytelling
Who should take this course:

Video, TV, multimedia and other journalists who want to tell more powerful stories every day, plus college educators who teach video journalism--and anyone who tells stories with pictures and sound.


Chris Vanderveen

Chris Vanderveen has worked at one of the country’s pre-eminent storytelling stations for the last decade. At KUSA-TV, Chris has been fortunate to win more than 30 regional Emmys, 12 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, one national Murrow and the 2012 NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting. He believes his success can be directly attributed to the great photography staff at KUSA as well as his ability to discover the magnificent within the seemingly mundane.

Chris started his career at KGWC-TV in Casper, Wyo. In 1998, he moved to Colorado Springs to work for KOAA-TV.

Training Partners:

National Press Photographers Association

The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution, in all news media.

NPPA encourages photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics. Its members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry.

National Press Photographers Foundation

The National Press Photographers Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization, is charged with advancing press photography through education and awarding scholarships and fellowships to deserving individuals who have demonstrated ability or promise in the field of photojournalism.