Spring 2019, JHU-MICA Film Center
In this journalism workshop, student fellows will explore the possibilities of print, photo-, and video journalism to tell the stories of their city. Social networking platforms like Instagram and Twitter have overtaken traditional media in the coverage of breaking news, and video news packages have become the norm online. In line with this trend, fellows will create “Dateline Baltimore,” a virtual visual news journal that captures the pulse of Baltimore. Fellows will learn the news coverage process from identifying news and feature stories, to research and interviews, to the fundamentals of photo reportage, video production, and editing to inform with purpose. Working together and with the instructor as an editorial team, they'll decide which stories to pursue and how to shape them for maximum impact, all while adhering 100% to facts in their reporting. Visiting instructors will provide hands-on instruction in lighting, video and audio recording, and editing techniques, as well as insight into journalistic ethics. Captioned work will appear weekly on dedicated Instagram and Twitter feeds, with longer form stories and portfolios appearing over time on the program website. Selected pieces will be shared at a public exhibition and in a limited print edition. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Zoraida Díaz, a Colombian-born photojournalist, covered some of the most impactful Latin American stories of the 80s and 90s for Reuters. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Libération, O Globo, The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Clarín, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.
Ceci Freed is a Film and Media Studies and Spanish double major at Johns Hopkins. She is interested in pursuing a career in the television and film industry.
Jessica Pettiford is a graduate of the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.
Annette Porter is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder, with Helen Morell, of Nylon Films, UK. Comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom or on a high altitude trail in Chile, she produces, directs, and shoots both stills and moving images.
Colette Veasey-Cullors is Chair of the Photography Program at MICA. Her work, which investigates race, class, education, and identity, has been widely exhibited. Her collaborative interest is in social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, particularly those that are underserved and underrepresented.