How do you turn a topic that sparked your interest into a story that others want to absorb?
Making a great film, podcast, or report starts with having a solid story. How do you turn a topic that sparked your interest into a story that others want to absorb? Learn tried & true techniques used by journalists, like interviewing, research, & story reporting & apply these skills to your creative project.
The instructor for this day-long workshop is Iris Mansour, who has written & produced viral stories for Bustle, The Guardian, & Mashable, among others. She will teach fundamental storyfinding & storytelling methods with a foothold in journalism. You will acquire reporting techniques to research & shape a story, & you'll then prepare for the execution of a project. In addition, there will be time to discuss challenges that you're encountering & receive guidance & feedback on how to overcome those obstacles.
This course comes highly recommended from students who have taken previous iterations of it.
Director & producer Jamison Hermann said: It's easy to find information online about how to operate a camera or use video editing software. It's a lot harder to learn how to find the most interesting angle on a subject, how to get the best performance out of non-actors, & what exactly makes a story worth telling. That's what I learned in Iris's class, & it has greatly helped me become a better video storyteller.
Video journalist Alexandra Roca said: I felt like Iris' one day workshop packed in as much as a semester at journalism school. Her storyfinding, storytelling & interviewing techniques were incredibly helpful & unique in their simplicity & impact. I've been a video journalist for 7 years & even still, this class has improved my process & outcomes. Thank you!
What You Will Learn
How to plan your reporting & carry out research
Advice on obtaining & executing interviews
Practical exercises with opportunity for feedback
How to develop & shape your narrative
Prerequisites & Preparation
The techniques covered, can benefit any storyteller in their quest to tell a great story.
About the instructor
Iris Mansour has interviewed Presidents, Oscar winners, Dolly Parton impersonators & 10 year-old entrepreneurs for Fortune, Reuters TV, Mashable, Quartz, The Guardian & Time Out.
She started her career in the relentless field of TV News. Covering elections, hostage takings & everything in between. She learnt to interview virtually anyone about anything at a moment's notice, including: Hamid Karzai, Condoleezza Rice, Pedro Almodovar, & Monica Bellucci.
As she transitioned to features & documentaries, she came into contact with people who had never found themselves in the spotlight; young adults with cancer, teens with eating disorders & people experiencing homelessness. She needed to adapt her interviewing techniques to tell a very different kind of story.
Over the years, she's developed interview techniques that cover the most complicated scenarios. She's excited to share them with you.