Columbia Journalism Video Workshop | Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism Video Workshop


UPCOMING COURSE: June 8-26, 2020

Early Bird Discount! Apply, Register, and Pay before April 15, 2020 and receive $500 off





The Program

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

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, Great Big Story, 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 & Course Fees

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

The course fee is $4,750. Admitted applicants who pay the course fee in full before April 15th will receive $500 off the course fee. Alumni of the Journalism School receive a 10% discount on this course. Those who have taken other non-degree courses from the Journalism School and all faculty, staff, and students of Columbia University receive 5% off the course fee. The course fee does not cover travel, lodging, or other expenses associated with living in New York City for three weeks.

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 the 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. Those applying for this scholarship will have their application fee waived.
Applications for Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship for the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop open on January 1, 2019. The application deadline for this scholarship is March 1, 2019.


Week One

June 8 (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 9 (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 10 (Wednesday)      

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

June 11 (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 12 (Friday)      

Video of the Day
Editing STORY 1

Week Two

June 15 (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 16 (Tuesday)

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

June 17 (Wednesday) 

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

June 18 (Thursday)      

Video of the Day
Editing STORY 2
Narrative Storytelling Techniques

June 19 (Friday)      

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


Week Three

June 22 (Monday)    

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Field Production

June 23 (Tuesday)      

Field Trip

June 24 (Wednesday)      

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Editing and Production

June 25 (Thursday)      

Video of the Day
STORY 3 Editing and Critique

June 26 (Friday)      

Course Review



Duy Linh Tu is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and the Director of Digital Media at the Columbia Journalism School. He is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on education, science, and social justice. His work has appeared in print, online, on television, and in theaters. He is also the author of Narrative Storytelling for Multimedia Journalists (Focal Press). 

Professor Tu teaches reporting and video storytelling courses at the Journalism School. He is also a graduate of the School.


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