Columbia Journalism Video Workshop

The best way to tell a story is to show it.

A limited number of scholarships covering the full cost of attending the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, including tuition, airfare and living expenses, are available to journalists from Greece. Learn more about the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program under Who Should Apply on this page.


UPCOMING COURSE: June 12 - 30, 2017


The Program

Columbia Journalism School faculty teach you how to tell your story through video. This three-week course focuses on the essentials: how to conceive of and structure a story, how to handle a camera, how to use post‐production software, and how to combine audio and video visual components to deliver a story. 

The program is structured for interactive discussion and lab work, which is done in small groups, to maximize the learning process and encourage individual progress. Throughout the program, you will meet with industry innovators and leading video producers, as well as visit the video newsrooms of mid- and large-size news organizations, like Vice, Mashable, Bustle, and the New York Times. These opportunities to meet and observe those working in this fast-shifting field allow you to gain valuable access to networking opportunities and first-hand insight on how to deliver multimedia journalism that is effective and engaging.

Over the course of the program, you will identify, research, and report out several original stories. These stories will deepen in complexity and sophistication as your understanding of the tools and techniques improve, and as you learn from professional critique sessions. You should leave with at least one complete video story. 

Who Should Apply

Prior experience working in video and journalism, defined broadly, is preferable but not necessary.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has awarded a $1.3 million grant to Columbia Journalism School, which will allow 54 journalists from Greece to participate in one of three intensive summer journalism programs offered at Columbia University in New York over the next three years, including Columbia Journalism Video Workshop. The scholarship will cover expenses associated with the programs: tuition, airfare, local transportation, as well as room and board and a daily stipend.

Applications for Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship for the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop are now open. The application deadline is April 1. Please check “I am applying for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship” on the application.


Week One

June 12 (Monday)

Introduction to the Course
Syllabus Overview
Gear Check Out
The Video Journalism Landscape
What Makes Good Video
Watch Examples of Video
Shooting Process

June 13 (Tuesday)     
Video of the Day
Importance of Sound
Understanding Microphones
Setting up a Sit-down Interview
Shooting Process Review
Research and Pre-Produce Story 1: Character, Interview, Process   

June 14 (Wednesday)      

STORY 1 Field Production, Shoot Action and Interviews for 2-3 Minute Story  

June 15 (Thursday)      

Video of the Day
Preparing for Post Production
Review and Questions from the Field?
Logging Footage
Transcribing Interviews
Editing in Premiere Part 1

June 16 (Friday)      

Video of the Day
Editing STORY 1

Week Two

June 19 (Monday)

Video of the Day
Editing in Premiere Part 2
Critique of STORY 1
The Pitch:  What makes a story a story?  What makes it NEWS story?

June 20 (Tuesday)

Video of the Day
Field Trip: The New York Times
Research and Pitch of STORY 2
Production Techniques Review

June 21 (Wednesday) 

STORY 2 Field Production, Shoot Action, Multiple Interviews for 2-3 Minute Story

June 22 (Thursday)      

Video of the Day
Editing STORY 2
Narrative Storytelling Techniques

June 23 (Friday)      

Video of the Day
Critique of STORY 2
Research and Pitch STORY 3


Week Three

June 26 (Monday)    

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Field Production

June 27 (Tuesday)      

Field Trip

June 28 (Wednesday)      

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Editing and Production

June 29 (Thursday)      

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Editing and Critique

June 30 (Friday)      

Course Review



Duy Linh Tu, associate professor of professional practice & director, Digital Media