Collaboration and innovation – all in one week!

The Digital Storytelling Workshop at the 2018 Mountain Workshops in Mt. Sterling, Ky. created this project on the role social media plays in the lives of high schoolers in the rural Kentucky community.

Are you interested in innovative ways to tell a story and want take your skillset to a new level? Come join Western Kentucky University’s storied Mountain Workshops master’s class in Digital Storytelling this Oct. 29 – Nov. 3 in Cynthiana, Ky. for an intensive week of team collaboration with multi-disciplinary visual journalists developing and executing a documentary project making use of digital tools such as drone video and photography, 360 video and photography, photogrammetry, data visualization, cartography and digital design.

During your week of training, you will participate with a group of professionals who will work together to tell a single story, increase your project management skills and learn how to develop a multi-faceted visual story creating a range of elements that fit together as a unified experience. Work will be shared and developed in an agile atmosphere where all members of the team choose, gather and edit the content guided by some of the best practicing professionals in the country.

Seats are still available. Registration closes on Sept. 28 however, the early bird registration discount ends Aug. 31. So hurry and register today! We still have seats available in our picture editing workshop as well, check it out!

Coaches and facilitators include:

(Subject to change)

Jonathon Berlin
Jonathon Berlin is the leader of the data visualization team at the Chicago Tribune. He is an adjunct at Northwestern and Columbia College where he’s taught infographics, data visualization and human-centered web design. Jonathon was president of the Society for News Design (SND) in 2012. His infographics work has been honored by SND, AIGA and Print. Before coming to Chicago in 2007, he worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News and The Times of Northwest Indiana. He was a Page One designer during The Rocky’s Pulitzer Prize winning work covering wildfires in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois’ journalism school.

Sam Wolson
Sam Wolson is an immersive film director and photographer with editorial partners including National Geographic and The New York Times. He grew up on a flower farm in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan and is currently based out of Berlin, Germany. He was co-director of the VR film “We Who Remain” which is the first character-driven VR film shot in an active war zone. It premiered at SXSW, won best VR film at SIFF and was a co-production between The New York Times, AJ+ and ARTE. In 2018 he worked on a four-part VR series for National Geographic on the Okavango Delta called the Okavango Experience. Currently, he is working on an immersive exhibition about the Daiichi Nuclear disaster in Fukushima and a field deployable volumetric capture system supported by a 2018 Journalism 360˚ challenge Knight Foundation grant.

Ken Harper
Ken Harper is an award-winning designer, professor, photojournalist and media educator. He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer for The Rocky Mountain News,, New York Life, Bausch & Lomb and various non-profit organizations including the United Nations, the Bahá’í Faith, The Electronic Intifada and Aidchild. Currently, Ken is an Associate Professor and the first director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Jonathan Woods
Since joining TIME in 2012, Executive Producer Jonathan Woods has played a key role in developing exclusive, groundbreaking multimedia packages. Most recently, Woods produced Emmy Award-winning A Year in Space, a 12-episode video series focusing on Scott Kelly’s yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Woods also produced these as two one-hour specials for PBS. In 2013, Woods photographed the only 360-degree panorama from the top of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

David Kofahl
David Kofahl is an interactive designer and developer. His recent projects include huge award-winning hits such as:
Time 100, 2018
The Opioid Diaries
Finding Home, Heln’s First Year
Time Person of The Year, 2017

Tim Klimowicz
Fortunate enough to work alongside some very talented people, Tim’s work has been recognized with nearly a dozen awards, including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations, two POYi awards, a Webby, and awards from World Press Photo, The Society of News Design, and Online Journalism Awards. He lives and works out of a tiny studio bungalow in Rockaway Beach, NY, and enjoys design, programming, getting around by bicycle, photography, hiking, video games, drums, and exploring the world around him.

Sam Shapiro
Sam is currently doing Research & Development for adtech company TripleLift in NYC. Current projects include a branded content intelligence platform that regularly analyzes hundreds of thousands of campaigns between top publishers and brands, and creating technology and marketplace to insert user-targeted computer-vision based ads into long-form video content. Other past work includes development of a narrative VR-short film that was featured in Cannes, director of a short film that was featured in the Big Apple Film Festival, as well as several other technology, film and advertising projects for various clients, including Google, Facebook, GOOD Magazine, NIO (autonomous vehicle startup) and Sperry.

Maxx Berkowitz
Maxx Berkowitz is a Brooklyn based experiential creative director and freelance art director with a strong foundation in graphic design, motion and emerging technology. Maxx works to create intuitive products that solve problems and rethink how people interact with the world around them. Maxx has worked with some of the worlds top advertising agencies including SapientRazorfish, JWT, BBDO and Y&R, on high profile brands ranging from Mercedes and Coca Cola to Google, HP and Time Inc.

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