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Teach Video Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking With MediaStorm



The MediaStorm Online Training program offers a simple way for educational institutions to use our acclaimed training in their classrooms. In just three easy steps, we’ll have your students learning from our award-winning staff.

Notable institutions like the University of Missouri, University of Iowa, and Northern Arizona University have already made it a regular part of their curriculum.


This is what some of our happy faculty users have to say:

“I started using MediaStorm’s Online Training videos as a part of a flipped classroom, so that students could learn the “how-to” outside of class, allowing for more hands-on learning and discussion during class sessions. It’s been an invaluable set of tools that reach and engage students with varying skills. The support and service from MediaStorm is excellent, which encourages me to continue to be a loyal client.” -Mikki K. Harris, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Sports Program at Morehouse College (current); Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi (2012-2016)

“I have been using MediaStorm’s Online Training videos for 6 years now as part of my class curriculum in beginning multimedia classes. They are a great addition to my lectures and help prepare the students for our work outside of the classroom. Brian and his staff have done an excellent job explaining the technical concepts of multimedia storytelling in both an entertaining and easy to understand format that keeps my students engaged while watching the videos.”-Laura L. Camden, Associate Professor of Photojournalism and Documentary Studies at Northern Arizona University- School of Communication



The MediaStorm Online Training Educational Program

  • Divided into seven modules, and led by our team of producers, editors, and cinematographers, these videos provide essential techniques and useful tips and tools to successfully create powerful stories.

  • The training modules can be incorporated into your program syllabus just like a textbook, and can be accessed by students at any time during the semester.

  • Apart from the Reporting and Post-production tracks, which teach specific theory and skills used by MediaStorm, the Making Of modules offer a behind-the-scenes look at this methodology being put into practice, by dissecting the many decisions in the making of four different films.

  • And our newest series, MediaStorm Post Production Workflow: A Technical Guide to Being Creative. This is a ‘start to finish’ guide that details the technical, organizational and creative techniques we find crucial to the storytelling process, and it’s something we use on every film we produce. This workflow has been continually updated for over a decade, and now you will get the chance to learn from that experience. Videos from this series are in production now, with the first three available now as a preview of what’s to come.

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Greg Harris joins MediaStorm as Creative Director

We are thrilled to welcome Greg Harris, our new Creative Director, to the MediaStorm family. This is actually Greg’s second tour with us. Greg and I have a long history. He was at MediaStorm in 2007 as our first Creative Director. We worked together at Microsoft/MSNBC in the 90′s as well as through various collaborations with MetaStories, Brightcove and Daily Interactive Networks with the visonary Brian Monnin. Greg is a rare talent and a terrific person. He will be leading our efforts in interactive storytelling and the redesign of our offerings across all channels. I can’t think of a better partner for us to have as we move to next phase of MediaStorm. Welcome aboard (again) Greg!

On joining the team Greg says:

MediaStorm has assembled an amazing team of very talented people and I’m very excited to be working with team again. I’m looking forward to contributing the design and production of stories and projects that inspire, influence and change the lives of people around the world.


Greg Harris

Greg Harris is MediaStorm’s Creative Director. He is a design innovator and industry leader. He has been at the forefront of blending technology with design to produce compelling, easy-to-use interactive content for almost two decades.


Prior to MediaStorm, Greg worked as Sr. Creative Director for HowStuffWorks.com and InfoSpace where he oversaw all aspects of design and user experience. Before joining HowStuffWorks.com he worked as a Sr. Product Manager for OnCue, an OTT television product created by Intel. Prior to working at Intel, he was the Chief Creative Officer of Daily Interactive Networks, a company dedicated to making it easy to create mobile apps & HTML 5 experiences.


Greg was Creative Director for National Geographic Society where he oversaw the complete redesign of the National Geographic digital properties winning all major magazine design awards in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 Greg designed the Webby Award winning National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photos iPad app. Prior to joining National Geographic he was Director of Design for Brightcove Publishing Products & he co-founded MetaStories in 2000 as VP User Experience.
Greg worked at Microsoft from 1995-97, where he was an Interactive Designer for MSN 1.0 and Art Director in the Interactive Art Department — a “hit team” of multimedia developers, designers and animators supporting numerous products.


From 1997-99 Greg worked at MSNBC.com, first as Art Director for News and Sports and then Design Director, responsible for the design vision for the entire site. He left Microsoft in 1999 to become creative director in the Seattle office of Circle where he continued to work on MSNBC as the lead design consultant and oversaw work for Onvia and Discovery Channel.


Prior to joining Microsoft, Greg produced award-winning information design — charts, graphs, illustrations and page designs — for a series of Pacific Northwest daily newspapers. Greg lives in Gig Harbor, WA with his wife Teri, his daughter Lily and their Bernese Mountain dogs Harlie and Oswald. Greg spends his free time cycling, photographing, cooking and tending his garden.



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The Distance Between Us to screen in competition at the Macon Film Festival


The Macon Film Festival in historic Macon, Georgia, often called the “friendliest film festival” by filmmakers, recently announced their official 2017 line-up, which includes MediaStorm’s feature documentary The Distance Between Us. The film will be in competition in the documentary section, and also eligible for an audience award.

The Distance Between Us, an intimate film about the relationship between adult twin brothers Chris and Nick, one of whom was born with cerebral palsy, will screen twice, on Saturday July 22nd at 5:15pm, and on Sunday July 23rd at 3:30pm, both at Theater Macon.

 We hope you will check out the film on the big screen if you are in the area, and look out for it on DVD and digitally later this Fall.

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Job Alert: Cinematographer/Editor Vignette Creative



Vignette Creative works with brands and organizations to develop engaging story-driven nonfiction content – films, photography, and multimedia productions – that help them communicate who they are and what they do with integrity and passion. We also produce original documentary and photo projects. “Real people, real stories” is their motto.

Vignette Creative is looking for a motivated and multi-talented Cinematographer/Editor who wants to dive in and make a difference at a boutique creative agency/documentary production company. The job is based on Bainbridge Island, Washington (a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle) but may involve flexible work locations and periods of intensive travel. We all wear a lot of hats at Vignette so we’re looking for a like-minded team player who is ready to contribute.


  • Operate cameras, record audio, and otherwise assist on film shoots
  • Edit video content for client and original documentary projects
  • Assist with producing and coordinating productions
  • Participate in internal and client strategy and production meetings
  • Contribute to social media and blog


  • At least two years of experience in film/multimedia/journalism, shooting and editing video
  • Proficiency working with Adobe Premiere
  • Knowledge of Final Cut X, After Effects, and the Adobe CC suite a plus
  • Strong communication and people skills
  • Ability to self-manage, be resourceful, and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for innovating and growing a documentary-based agency in the new media landscape
  • Still photography ability a plus

How to Apply

Submit an application that includes a cover letter, resume, portfolio links and references to jobs@vignettecreative.com

For more information visit Vignette Creative.


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MediaStorm Partners with NeXt Doc

MediaStorm is a proud partner of NeXt Doc, a one-of-a-kind program that brings together emerging documentary storytellers from across the country with award-winning documentary filmmakers to learn, share, and build their skills.


After a successful pilot in 2016, NeXt Doc is returning for its second year at the Carey Institute for Global Good, taking place Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9, 2017. The five-day intensive program will feature three award-winning filmmakers: Sabaah Folayan, Samuel Pollard and Sonia Kennebeck. Each filmmaker will offer a master class and a screening session of their latest films, followed by an exclusive Q&A for NeXt Doc participants.

The goal of NeXt Doc is to convene a diverse group of emerging filmmakers for a unique, professional and creative development experience. Applications were submitted from young filmmakers in 12 states across the country, and two from outside the US. NeXt Doc has garnered support from several other organizations which, along with MediaStorm, will offer mentorship and resources to participants during and after the program, including: The Alliance for Media, Arts + Culture, POV, the International Documentary Association, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, as well as Firelight Media and The D-Word.

NeXt Doc is a tuition-free program and thanks to the Carey Institute’s generous in-kind donation, selected participants will be granted full room and board for the duration of the program as well as meals and access to the Carey Institute’s theater, workshop space, and editing suite. This is an important element of NeXt Doc, which aims to create space for filmmakers from communities that have historically not had access to film programs and development of documentary filmmaking skills.

 To help fund the program, NeXt Doc organizers have launched a crowdfunding campaign and are in search of companies, organizations, and individuals that are forward-thinking, and committed to creating a positive impact. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, and support this unique program.

 Please make a donation to the #NeXtDoc #gofundme campaign and support the program that brings together emerging documentary storytellers and award-winning filmmakers for a week-long, intensive, learning, sharing and networking experience in upstate NY.

 Visit www.gofundme.com/next-doc-2017 to get involved.

 NeXt Doc is a collaborative project between the Carey Institute for Global Good, in Rensselaerville NY, and Youth FX, based in Albany, NY.


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