I started teaching multi-platform storytelling when I first worked for The Wall Street Journal, developing anything from technical workflows for submitting visual materials from the field to helping print journalists learn to shoot video for feature stories. Since then I have become an online journalism educator at conferences and universities and volunteer my time for journalistic organizations like the Online News Association and journalism organizations representing various minorities (AAJA, NAJA, NABJ). I teach basic coding skills, data journalism, data visualization, video gathering and editing and creative audience engagement to beginners and try to tailor every workshop and course I do to my students' needs and skill-level.
I believe in a story-first approach: nail down your story before you cast a medium to tell it. Since technology is constantly changing, I try to distill lessons down to visual storytelling principles and let that inform what technical skills I teach.
Below are tipsheets I produced for multitasking journalists, course syllabi I developed for universities, and talks and workshop slides I used at conferences. I want this information to be available to journalists and educators for free. Please share these materials widely, re-use them or copy and modify them for your purposes. You can also get in touch with questions you have. I try to get to requests within a few days, though it doesn't hurt to poke me once or twice if you don't hear from me.
You can email me at info [at] lamivo [dot] com.
A flowchart for aspiring multi-media
A tipsheet for those who want a starting point for data stories
Program features and formulae I often use for data journalism
A handout for aspiring multi-media platform
A reference for video shooters who are
preparing for an interview
A video shooting reference for reporters
starting to shoot video
A reference for those buying their first video kit
A list of APIs, libraries and other useful web tools I try to maintain can be found here
Find below a selection of sillabi and workshops I've given at conferences, universities and other events.
This course is for students wishing to develop coding skills that are relevant to journalistic storytelling. It combines lectures on reporting and storytelling with best coding practices and technical skill building.
This workshop covers multiple formats of storytelling and was initially developed in different iterations for the Al Jazeera America newsroom and The Wall Street Journal bureaus. These slides were updated and refined for a workshop at a storytelling conference in Amsterdam.
A syllabus and materials for a metrics and outcomes journalism course I developed for CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism can be found here (the site includes html files set-up for exercises and slides to each lesson)
A syllabus and materials for a fundamentals in interactive journalism course I developed for CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism can be found here (the site includes html files set-up for exercises, slides to each lesson and links to interesting projects)
This page was developed for a workshop series held in Yangon, Myanmar. The selection of online tools and the tutorials were optimized for the students' technological and financial constraints.
A syllabus for a data journalism and infographics course I developed for UMass Amherst can be found here (at the end of this syllabus you will find a lesson plan with links to materials for each lesson)
This workshop is an introduction to video storytelling — from how video is used on the web, to how you can organize your video reporting, to shooting in the field
This workshop is an introduction to video story structure, organizing principles in video editing, basics in linear editing software and the vocabulary of video editing
This workshop is about the use of data in journalism, the changes in data over time, data processing workflows and data visualizations
This workshop is about gathering data from your audience, the role of different social media platform in disseminating information and building communities and technology-based and real-life examples of engaging audiences
Find below a selection of talks and writings about the subject of journalism
This medium post is a transcript of a keynote I gave at a storytelling conference in Amsterdam and might have some useful tips for those starting to experiment with digital storytelling.
A talk on personalization in journalism that I gave at Hacks/Hackers Berlin.
This medium post compiles research on recruiting and hiring diverse talents
This medium post compiles research on putting together a hackathon.
A behind-the-scenes walkthrough of our Al Jazeera America series Loving Long-Distance which documents the lives of those who use technology to bridge physical separation.
This TedxNewYork talk is about telling stories on multiple platforms.
A talk about the use of personal data in storytelling delivered the Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive Day on April 18, 2015.