Course Description

Tell stories people want to watch!

Video accounts for 70% of all Internet traffic (Cisco) and mobile video is set to explode. In this class, you will learn how to find strong characters, structure stories, plan compelling visual sequences, capture decent footage even on your smart phone and conduct interviews for non-narrated pieces that work great on the web.

This 10-chapter, 1-hour class was specifically designed in the style of "explainer" videos that are fast-paced, visually engaging and highly popular today.

Who should take this class:

  • Journalists, photographers and students who want to add video storytelling to their toolkit
  • Communications professionals who want to improve their visual storytelling skills
  • Journalism educators teaching video skills at the high school or college level
  • Budding videographers everywhere
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate


Video coach

Kayle Hope

Kayle Hope is a freelance video producer for the New York Times, Fast Company and other outlets, and a video coach at the CUNY J School. She has led a number of visual storytelling workshops in the United States, India and Bhutan. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, The Cambodia Daily and Fortune Magazine.http://kaylehope.com/

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1: What video stories work best on the web

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Gather your gear!

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Shooting scenes and sequences

    • Video (3:57)

    • Try this!

  • 5

    Chapter 4: The importance of audio

    • Video (6:10)

    • Try this!

  • 6

    Chapter 5: The interview

    • Video (7:38)

    • Try this!

  • 7

    Chapter 6: Organize your files for editing

    • Video (2:19)

  • 8

    Chapter 7: Scripting your edit

    • Video (5:11)

    • Try this!

  • 9

    Chapter 8: A primer on Adobe Premiere

    • Video (7:59)

  • 10

    Chapter 9: Editing tips

    • Video (7:04)

    • Try this!

  • 11

    Chapter 10: What's next

    • Video (2:31)