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2020 Hearst Journalism Awards: Multimedia Films

For the past three years I have had the honor of serving as a judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards in the multimedia category. The other judges during my tenure included Kenny Irby, Mark Morris, Danese Kenon and Jarrad Henderson.

This year the multimedia finalists were:

  • Jiakai Lou, University of Montana
  • Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida
  • Colin Davy, Syracuse University
  • Lucas Pruitt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Neda Karimi, Stony Brook University

The films they created blew me away.

The assignment was given to them on Friday, May 29th and they delivered the films below in only one week. The results are both personal and important historical documents. I hope you will take some time to watch them.


About the Hearst Journalism Awards

The Hearst Championships are the culmination of the 2019 – 2020 Journalism Awards Program, which were held in 104 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.  From May 29 – June 4, 2020, 29 finalists – winners from the 14 monthly competitions – participated in the 60th annual Hearst Championships.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person Championship planned for Houston, Texas was replaced by a virtual event.  Finalists met their judges and received their assignments over video-conference meetings, and then produced and submitted their pieces from home.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia for journalism undergraduates.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.  Since then, the Hearst Foundations have contributed over 1 billion dollars to numerous educational programs, health and medical care, human services and the arts in every state.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded in 1960 to support, encourage and give assistance to journalism education through scholarships for outstanding college students.  Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $14 million in scholarships and grants for the exceptional work by student journalists who participate in the program.

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2020 ICP Infinity Award Films by MediaStorm

Since 2013, MediaStorm has been honored to partner with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studios to produce films that pay homage to the winners of the annual Infinity Awards for their contributions to the field of photography and visual arts.

This year marks the first-ever virtual ICP Infinity Awards honoring:

Lifetime Achievement
Don McCullin

Online Platform and New Media
The 1619 Project of the New York Times Magazine

Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism
Hannah Reyes Morales

Nadine Ijewere

Each year, the ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a fundraiser that supports a full range of programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, scholarships, and the ICP School. MediaStorm’s films have been highlighted as the signature moment of the event. Since the first presentation of the films at the 2013 gala, ICP has skyrocketed its fundraising goals and achievements. When talking about online casino malaysia trusted only one Malaysian casino comes to players mind. Onlinemalaysia.casino has been voted the only trusted online casino malaysia in 2020 and they are looking to win the same award again in 2021

MediaStorm is proud to have played a role in catalyzing that effort or enjoying casino games at sites like w88 online. Our work with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studios affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, these films are a tribute to our roots in photography and our aspiration for the field, that it continue to be a force for change.

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MediaStorm Master Classes Now A Virtual Classroom

In these challenging and uncertain times, MediaStorm is committed to continuing our educational efforts in a safe and responsible manner. For the foreseeable future, we will be holding all master classes via Zoom video conference. Zoom is an excellent (and free) platform for connecting and collaborating, and we hope that by using it, we can continue to provide you the support you need to keep creating.

This is a first for so many of us. We’re recreating how to be in community and how to learn together at a time when physical distancing is the new norm. Our learning community has always been a source of support and inspiration, and we think we need each other now more than ever. Join us and the hundreds of people who have sat in our classrooms, online and in-person, to take the next step in your storytelling journey.  Here’s what people say about our master classes: 

“MediaStorm’s class broke down storytelling theory in a way that challenged me to think about my past projects and better prepared me for those that I am currently working on. Brian is a charismatic instructor who loves sharing the knowledge he has gathered with anyone willing to learn. His anecdotes and projects serve as his syllabus and he teaches with an authenticity that cannot be faked.”   McArdle Hankin, Co-Founder Back Pocket

“As a longtime reporter and editor looking to start a new media venture, I found Brian’s one-day master class both practical and inspirational. In an age of click-bait “journalism,” Brian’s unwavering commitment to quality storytelling resonated with me deeply, and has motivated me to keep pursuing my entrepreneurial journey.” Julie Makinen, JSK Stanford Fellow

“My week at the Methodology Workshop with Brian Storm and his team has been life changing. All of my questions about MediaStorm’s quality documentary filmmaking were answered as we went deeper than I expected into the storytelling secrets that make them who they are. Now the blanks are filled in, and I’m looking forward to increasing the quality of my own multimedia projects with renewed passion. Clearly compassion rules the way MediaStorm tells people’s stories, but they also make sure to get the stories in front of people who can benefit from them the most. Thank you Brian and all the team at MediaStorm for your inspiring generosity. I will make it count.” Carla Adelmann

Join us for Our One Day Master Class

  • Friday, March 27th
  • Monday, April 6th
  • Wednesday, May 6th
  • Monday, June 1st

All classes are 9-5pm PST with a one-hour lunch break at 1pm. 

Sign up at https://mediastorm.com/train/workshop/one-day-workshop

Our next Methodology Workshop will be from 9-5pm PST, April 15-18. 

Sign up at  https://mediastorm.com/train/workshop/methodology


Let’s get through this together.

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Special Offer on MediaStorm’s Online Training

We’re living in unprecedented times. Our virtual community is more important than ever, so we’re sending out this note to give you some assurance that we’re here and we’re thinking of ways to support you.  

We know that many of the educators in our community are taking the smart step of moving classes to a remote environment, and we’re here to help you make that transition.

We’re offering MediaStorm’s acclaimed training, regularly priced at $199 for only $45.

Sign up now.

Our online training can make all the difference for students who are struggling to adapt to a virtual classroom. 

For the past fifteen 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.

“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 a 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

“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

Our comprehensive training package complements most filmmaking courses, and can spark creativity in students who are struggling to find inspiration in these challenging times. 


  • Divided into six 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.
  • Our newest series, MediaStorm Post Production Workflow: A Technical Guide to Being Creative 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 your students will get the chance to learn from that experience.

We’d love to add your institution to the roster of universities using the MediaStorm training guide to prepare the next generation of filmmakers. 

As we turn towards a socially distant way of life, we want to remind you that creativity often sparks brightest when we’re alone, undistracted. So we hope you take the opportunity to work on that passion project, pull up those archived files, and see what you can bring to your work anew. And if you’re looking for ways to light that spark in your students during these challenging times, we hope that our training can help. 

For more information, please contact Brian Storm, brian@mediastorm.com

Stay safe out there.

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Apply Now for Smith Fund Grants

Photo by Yael Martinez, 2019 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipient. From the series The House That Bleeds

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion evidenced during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. This $40,000 grant is designed to help a photographer begin a photographic project or help complete an ongoing photographic project. Learn more here.

The Howard Chapnick Grant encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education, and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and to acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $10,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. Learn more here.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change and that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice. For 2020, the amount of the grant will be $5,000.  Learn more here.

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