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Reel Impact Festival: December 5

The 4th annual Reel Impact Festival (RIF) celebrates how social impact companies and non-profit organizations use storytelling to share and grow their impact. Join the vibrant impact community on Dec 5 at the Impact Hub in Oakland to connect with entrepreneurs, change-makers and media professionals around the power of film and story.  

New for 2019, RIF will be preceded by the Reel Impact Workshops. Through hands-on training, Bay Area experts in media and communications will help participants identify their organization’s message, understand how to create clear, compelling video content, and develop their marketing strategy. The workshops will be followed by the Reel Impact Festival, an evening of curated video reels, inspiration and networking with local change-makers. Tickets at bit.ly/2019RIF. Use promo code SOCENT for a workshop discount!

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Catchlight: Democracy in Focus

Join CatchLight next Friday, November 1st for a reception celebrating the launch of its Democracy in Focus print sale. Hear from artist Alexandra Bell, organizer Aimee Allison, and collector Wayee Chuto, and discover how they consider aspects of democracy— like justice, freedom, legitimacy, and power—through photography.

The reception will be held from 6-8pm, at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, at 1150 25th St., San Francisco.

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Transform your Work: MediaStorm Education

You have a dream. You want to start your own storytelling company. You want to tell stories, you want to inspire people to take action on the issues you care about. You want to share your talents with a new generation. You want to do so much.

We know. We’ve been there. And we’re here to help. Our workshops, cultivated from over a decade of practical experience, have transformed the way storytellers work: 

“The MediaStorm workshop cemented for me why I love visual storytelling and just how impactful and meaningful journalism can be in this format–especially when there’s a compelling human story at the centre of the narrative. MediaStorm was the inspiration for starting my own production company in South Africa in 2015, which has gone on to win several African media awards and develop into a boutique but international documentary and long-form storytelling studio. Doing the course in 2016 made it seem entirely possible to pursue what I love to do most, in an era of great uncertainty and upheaval for journalism across the board. MediaStorm’s dedication to impactful, compassionate storytelling with relentlessly high production values remains my greatest inspiration. I highly recommend this course to anyone who needs reminding why film is the best medium and why visual journalism is more important than ever. “ Diane Neille, Managing Director, Chronicle

“Coming into the MediaStorm Methodology Workshop I already had a dream, creating an organization that would work on the intersection of visual storytelling with social impact. After the workshop, equipped with a much better understanding of the capabilities required to do great storytelling, I followed up and by July 2018, in partnership with my daughter and graphic designer Alejandra, we founded the nonprofit organization Home Storytellers. We already produced our first film named Hot Dogs on a Tricycle (Ed Kashi Director of Photography) for our partner organization Asylum Access. The film is being used by Asylum Access to advance their communication and development program. The film is already an official selection of Berlin Short Film festival and the Respect Human Rights Belfast Film Festival. Additionally, it won an Award of Excellence by the Impact Docs Awards competition. Thank you Brian!! Thank you and your team for being such an important part in making my vision a reality.” Francisco Torreslanda, Founder & Director, Home Storytellers

Our Methodology, One-Day, and Online training programs are tailored to meet your needs. 

The Methodology Master Class is a four-day intensive on everything you need to know to be a successful digital agency, from storytelling techniques, to project organization, to business development and distribution. Perfect for mid-career storytellers or entrepreneurs looking to start their own companies. 

Our One-Day Master Class is an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

If you can’t make it in-person, try our Online Training program. For the past fourteen years, we’ve partnered with universities from across the world to offer our online training program in filmmaking, editing, and production. Our work is sought out by educators from around the world. This program, regularly priced at $199, is now available for only $45. Sign up now.

Master Class Schedule: 2019 – 2020 

Methodology Workshops, Brooklyn NY  

  • December 17-20, 2019 *Apply now
  • April 15-18, 2020 *Apply by March 2, 2020
  • December 15-18, 2020 *Apply by October 1, 2020

One Day Workshops: 

  • Washington, DC: January 14, 2020 *Apply by December 2, 2019
  • Stanford, CA: February 7, 2020 *Apply by January 10, 2020
  • Berkeley, CA: March 27, 2020 *Apply by March 2, 2020
  • Houston, TX: June 1, 2020 *Apply by May 4, 2020

To apply and learn more, click here


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Americares is Hiring a Video Editor

Americares is looking for a Video Editor.  The Senior Associate, Multimedia Video Editor will support the multimedia department by providing creative post-production and production services for the creation of photo, short and longer form video and audio content that will be used for campaigns, at events and across all social media platforms. The ideal candidate is proficient in all aspects of post-production and has the ability to translate footage in creative ways, using high-quality video, motion graphics/text design and a wide range of editing techniques.

This is an ideal opportunity for a video editor that is eager to bring attention to often complex health issues in the U.S. and around the world across multiple platforms. More here

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit

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Smith Fund Grant Ceremony

Join the Smith Fund for its annual grant ceremony on Thursday October 17 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Details here


Thelonious Monk and Town Hall Band in rehearsal c. 1959 W. Eugene Smith Archive, Courtesy of CCP

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant is presented annually to photographers whose work carries forward the tradition practiced by Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Susan Zirinsky, President & Senior Executive Producer of CBS News. The acclaimed journalist and news executive (who served as the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s character in the film “Broadcast News”) began her career in the CBS Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in. Over the next four decades, Zirisnky produced award-winning documentaries, specials, and programs. Covering historic stories, from the Gulf War, to the Tiananmen Square uprising, the 9/11 attacks to the Parkland mass shooting. The senior executive producer of “48 hours,” she has been honored with Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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