In December 2010, right as I was wrapping up my first semester of teaching Digital Storytelling, I took a “Video Bootcamp” weekend seminar at CUNY J-Camp, a continuing education program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. If I had to do it all over again, I’d get a graduate degree at this place! The facilities are fantastic. The school is only five years old, so it doesn’t have the kind of baggage that older, originally print-based j-programs tend to have — the baggage that makes it so difficult to work in multimedia, entrepreneurial journalism, and other necessities of our present moment. CUNY is all about that stuff.
The teachers of the seminar were multimedia journalists Jeremy Caplan and Bob Sacha, and they did an amazing job handling a roomful of mid-career journalists eager to update their skills. In my next few posts, I’ll be sharing a few things I learned from at J-Camp about thinking visually.