Video Storytelling with the Pros: Shooting Efficiently on Deadline

Course Overview

Video Storytelling with the Pros: Shooting Efficiently on Deadline
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
One hour and twenty minutes.

About Seminar Snapshots

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

How do you produce quality video stories on a deadline? What if the story direction changes unexpectedly? Learn how to efficiently use your time and a better approach to storytelling.

This Seminar Snapshot contains edited video highlights from a presentation by Nathan Thompson, 2012 Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year. Thompson talks about tips and tricks for being prepared for the unexpected during a video shoot for a daily 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 think about a story like a puzzle
  • How to approach the story before and during the shoot
  • How to efficiently edit a story in the edit bay
  • How to use different styles of video capturing to draw audience into the story
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.


Nathan Thompson

Nathan Thompson is a 10-time Emmy award winner and the NPPA's 2012 Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year. He started as a part-time photojournalist in late 2006 at WICD-TV. Nathan swiftly rose in the ranks there, becoming chief photographer in only a year. By late 2008 he transferred to WTVF-TV. The environment in that Nashville, Tenn., newsroom inspired Nathan to excel as a photojournalist and storyteller. Today, Nathan is applying the skills he acquired in news toward documentary and commercial film-making, for his production company Contrast Visuals & Consulting.

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.