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Up close with video journalism

Using the latest cameras, video journalists can get right next to the action without drawing too much attention to themselves. Our five-day VJ workshop gives you the skills you need to shoot the kind of video you want.

Video journalists can tell stories directly, in the style they want to tell them. They've got the story in their heads as they shoot, bringing it to life through moving images and sound. These days, you don't need years of training in sophisticated film techniques for this, but you do need good habits of observation and be able to react quickly to situations and events. If done well, video can tell stories that really move people.

You need practice if you want to get a feel for effective TV reporting, and that’s what you'll be doing at this workshop: practicing shooting video, editing and mixing until you've got the hang of it, and until it's your own creativity that determines the outcome, not the technology.

When it comes to editing, the focus here is not on mastering the editing software but on knowing how to quickly put a story together in a compelling way.

The goal of the workshop is to enable you to produce good quality video packages, starting from the idea to the final product. We'll show you both the possibilities that video journalism opens up as well as its limits.

Please bear in mind that this workshop is conducted in German. For workshops in English or other languages, please contact us directly for a customized offer.

Workshop contents
• Telling stories in pictures
• Planning your shots
• Suspense and dramatization
• Fact or fiction
• Resolving scenes
• Camera equipment
• Video shooting and post-production
• Script and analysis

Target group
Journalists with experience as writers or reporters

DW Akademie, Bonn

Number of participants

On request

On request

Please ask us about special rates for members of the German Federation of Journalists (DJV), the Verdi trade union, and the Federal Association of German Press Officers (Bundesverbands deutscher Pressesprecher e.V. or BdP). We accept education vouchers (Bildungschecks).