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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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Vignette Creative is Hiring

Our friends at Vignette Creative are looking for a motivated editor and production team member who wants to dive in and make a difference at a boutique agency/documentary production company. The job is a full-time position and 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. While editing is vital to this role, Vignette is a collaborative, team-oriented company that is looking for someone who also has production and creative skills to bring to the table.

For a full job description and application, see here: https://storyiseverything.com/jobs

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MediaStorm Workshops: Stanford and Berkeley

Bay Area friends! MediaStorm is coming to you for one-day workshops at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. 

Brian will be at Stanford on February 7 and Berkeley on March 27. Register here

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. Brian will walk you through specific examples of our work, share his business experience, and teach you proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary video and multimedia content.

If California is not in the stars this year, you’ll have an opportunity to catch him in Houston this summer June 1. More info here

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2020 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship

CatchLight is now accepting applications for the 2020 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship. Now in its fourth year, CatchLight continues to search for innovative visual storytellers and leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling. The grant applications are due before midnight PST on February 4, 2020.

Image by 2019 Fellow Tasneem Alsultan

Last year CatchLight supported a large-scale peace-building VR project led by Sparsh Ahuja, Alexandra Bell’s exploration of what a solutions journalism framework could look like in a futuristic newspaper, Tasneem Alsultan’s collaborative storytelling approach to connect women and their stories throughout Saudi Arabia and Pierre Terdjiman’s innovative education and engagement model.  

The CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship Applications can be submitted here. The selected Fellows will receive $30,000 and winners will be announced in April 2020. Fellowship jury to be announced soon.

More information and the full press release can be found here

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