Feel free to download these files during the workshop as well as afterward


Adobe Premiere CC An introduction to editing with Premiere CC 2019

Adobe Premiere CC – another tutorial, this one built by Curt for Premiere CC 2018

Photo Mechanic Basics An introduction to using PhotoMechanic

Photoshop Basics A basic introduction to using Photoshop CC 2019


GoPro VR Player FREE (desktop viewer for looking at 360 VR video)


DJ1 Stabilizer for smartphones $299

Zoom H1 Audio Recorder $79-99

Rode SmartLav (lav mic for smartphones) $77

SONY MDR7506 headphones $77

Smartphone Tripod Adapter $8

Action Life Media & Phocus
Two companies that turn an iPhone into a usable video camera.



tips on  getting great  sound


A website for public radio producers. We can learn a LOT from them


The backstory to great radio storytelling. Subscribe to the podcast.  This show let’s us hear how to interview a tough subject and not back down.


Out On A Wire

Great look at how the best podcasts are made – inspiration read on storytelling and interviewing

In The Blink Of An Eye

Brilliant book on editing video by the amazing Walter Murch

Great Big Story

Lots of wonderful short video stories 

Alex Blumberg on storytelling

Public radio producer’s manifesto on storytelling

Ira Glass on anecdote and reflection

This American Life’s creator on what makes a good story

Seinfeld on writing a joke

Well produced and revealing interview with Seinfeld. Replace writing a joke with telling a story and it becomes a manifesto for us

Clues To A Great Story

Wonderful TED Talk on storytelling by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton

Visual Storytelling

Solid summary of what it takes to shoot a video documentary from Duke University


How to sequence

Some solid tutorials on shooting video. The first one, “3 over 1 Rule” is a good explanation of how to sequence


Seven Story Telling Tips

Multimedia suggestions for storytelling

The Art of the Documentary

Interviews with more than a 100 documentary filmmakers. Great site.

Camera Simulator

A basic intro to depth of field and shutter speed for beginning photographers


How to’s and inspiration from Northeastern University – beyond video, includes coding and data viz



Three-day hands on workshop at Penn State

NPPA Immersion Workshop

Week-long hands-on workshop in Syracuse


Online video tutorials on everything digital


Click the ‘handouts’ tab for a variety of pdf’s


Maisie Crow

The amazing photographer turned film maker. Beautiful audio, visuals and stories

Reality Radio

Another book. Interviews with some of the best audio storytellers in existence. 

Capturing Reality

Short interviews with scores of documentary filmmakers. Searchable by themes. Great stuff


Among the best podcasts. Amazing use of sound. Great storytelling

The Moth

Live storytelling. Great lessons on how to construct a story that keeps our attention


Beautiful and powerful work on a consistent basis

NY Times Op-Docs

A wide range of creative video storytelling. 


Powerful multimedia storytelling


Amazing audio storytelling

Ira Glass on Storytelling

The first of four videos by the amazing Ira Glass on story


More great audio – with a science twist and amazing storytelling techniques

iPhone Film Festival

See what’s possible on the iPhone

Lens Blog

The New York Times wonderful blog on all things visual

The Image Deconstructed

Interviews with photographers talking about how they created a particular image

BOOKS (yes books):

On Being a Photographer

A great, if dated, conversation about being a photojournalist

Reality Radio

Essays by great documentary radio producers

In The Blink of an Eye

Film editing by the great Walter Murch

Radio – An Illustrated Guy

Behind the scenes at This American Life (a comic book!)

The workshop is possible thanks to the generous support of these organizations