ICFJ Anywhere

ICFJ, 9.9 school of communication offer online video-storytelling course for Indian journalists and journalism students


Join a select group of Indian journalists and journalism students in “Video Storytelling – A Hands-on, Interactive Online Course.” This six-week seminar, offered by the 9.9 School of Communication and supported by the International Center for Journalists, will run from December 2, 2013, to January 10, 2014. Qualified candidates will receive a full scholarship. The best participants will win a week-long coaching session with a video collaborator for The New York Times’ India Ink.

Photo by Todd Baer

This course is open to journalists, bloggers, communications professionals, and students. It is designed for anyone who wants to learn to tell compelling video stories – a key skill for media and communications jobs. The course will cover the basics of shooting and editing a video story. All you need to participate is Internet access, and a simple video camera or phone/device with video and audio capabilities.

The instructor, an Emmy Award-winning video journalist, will provide one-on-one mentoring. By the end of the course, you will know how to produce a compelling report that combines video, sound and storytelling.

You will learn the fundamentals of image composition, as well as basic shooting, editing and sound-recording techniques, through practical exercises. Instructors – working in English or Hindi – will provide weekly critiques of videos. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Create a well-composed still image
  • Frame a portrait/interview shot
  • Apply the rule of thirds to pictures and video
  • Sequence video shots to illustrate action
  • Edit audio into videos
  • Add narration to videos

Pierre Kattar (Lead instructor) is a video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He is president of Pierre Kattar LLC. Previously, he worked as a video journalist for the Washington Post Digital and as a web developer for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. He has been an adjunct lecturer on video storytelling at Northwestern University’s Medill News Service.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • Simple video camera or phone/device with video and audio capabilities

The deadline for applications for the course is 11:59 pm IST on November 25, 2013.

To apply, please follow these steps:

Click here for English application. Click here for Hindi application. Application fee: Rs 1000

For more information, please contact Elisa Tinsley at etinsley@icfj.org. To read more about ICFJ's online courses, please visit: www.icfjanywhere.org/.