Video Storytelling Workshop to be held in Orlando

July 14-16, 2014


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will hold a three-day workshop on digital storytelling designed to teach participants the principles and techniques of compelling storytelling, as well as the technical skills to produce multimedia/video stories using a camera and computer. Designed for educators, business professionals and students who want to develop storytelling for journalistic, business or marketing endeavors, the workshop will be held the week of July 14, 2014, in Orlando.

The workshop will cover 1) the fundamentals of digital video shooting, shot selection and computer editing and 2) the principles of story structure, information-gathering, interviewing and storytelling techniques used in various mediums.  Enrollment is limited.

Ted Spiker, a former articles editor at Men’s Health magazine who has written hundreds of magazine stories and co-authored more than a dozen books, will teach storytelling principles. The visual storytelling and digital editing portion of the workshop will be led by film director, cinematographer and three-time Emmy Award nominee Tim Sorel. Both Spiker and Sorel are professors in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

In this hands-on course, participants will sharpen their video skills, develop their visual storytelling skills, and organize and execute a multimedia story.

“Digital storytelling contains some mixture of computer-based images, text, graphics, narration, video and music,” said Sorel. “The course is designed to teach participants to take advantage of their digital video camera and computer video editing. It will cover the fundamentals of digital video shooting, shot selection and computer editing.”

Ted Spiker

Ted Spiker

“If you want tell a compelling story that engages and moves people, it’s not just about learning basic form and function,” Spiker said. “It’s also about learning the nuances—the art, the voice—that dynamic storytellers use. By giving you the recipe for how to make a powerful story, we’re going to teach you how to change up the ingredients so you can make some of your own.”

Topics covered in the three-day workshop

  • Story structure
  • Interviewing
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Developing voice as a storyteller
  • Computer editing using Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite 6
  • Visual storytelling principles
  • Effective sequencing of pictures and video
  • Audio editing principles and practices
  • Text and graphics
Tim Sorel

Tim Sorel

Daily Schedule

As a student in the Digital Storytelling Workshop, your day will be split into two sections.  You will spend half of your day on creation, organization and techniques of storytelling principles. The other part of your day will be spent learning visual presentation techniques and software such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

For more information, email Kim Holloway or register now.

Bonus: Upon registration, students may submit sample work for individual and/or in-class critique. Submit either a piece of writing (no more than 1,500 words) or a multimedia story for feedback. Submit your work to and indicate that you are registered for the workshop. Include any pertinent context, such as your market for publication or writing/storytelling goals of the piece.