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Mobile Journalism/Digital Story Telling Workshop 27th June

By , June 21, 2015 12:13 pm


The Course is about using SmartPhones to produce News or Short stories for use on the web. More details can be found here

Who is the course for?
Anyone with a desire to tell stories. The smartphone that most people carry in their pockets, is a capable tool for creating and publishing news media. News organisations and individuals with a story to tell, are realising they have the potential to reach a huge audience on the internet. Photographers, videographers, Journalists, activists, students, just about anyone really!

Will the course be practical or a look at the technology?

Whilst we will be looking at gear and apps, the emphasis will definitely be on getting out there and doing it! Practical sessions will be geared towards your experience level.

Who is running the course?
Martin Shakeshaft MA is a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Visual Journalism at De Montfort University. During his thirty year career as a photographer his clients have included, BBC; Channel 4 Television; Dispatches; S4C; The Economist; The Daily Mirror; The Independent; Newsweek Magazine and many others. He is also a lecturer for the legendry ‘Photographers Place’ and teaches on RPS courses.

Where will the course be held?

The course will take place at the beautiful, Cromford Mill, in the Derbyshire Peak District. It is a few miles away from Matlock. Here it is on Google Maps There is a train connection from Derby and a wide range of accommodation available in the area. This was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771 and is a Grade One listed building. More information can be found here.

How much will it cost?

£85 waged/£70 Concessions – So that everyone gets the attention they need there is a limit of 12 places. So please book early.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Frequently Asked Questions – For Our September Workshop…..

By , June 7, 2010 9:00 am

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How many nights accommodation are included?

There are 2 nights accommodation, 2 dinners, 2 packed lunches and 2 breakfasts and all  tuition included.

2) As I don’t drive and rely on public transport can you tell me how accessible the place is?

Derby is well connected by train and by bus. If you can make your way there, we will arrange to collect you on Friday and return you on Sunday. Let me know your travel plans and we can arrange a lift.

3) What kind of place is the accommodation? Is it outside Wirksworth or in the town? Is it a youth hostel?

The Glenorchy Centre is a chapel hall recently converted to take groups up to 26. It is in the middle of Wirksworth with a paying car park adjacent. We will have the whole centre for the weekend. It has a large hall where we will show work on a data projector, a dining room and kitchen for our meals and downstairs there is shared dormitory accommodation.

4) Are the rooms single, or is there a single supplement?

All the accommodation is dormitory accommodation, one for males, the other for females, with bathrooms etc. We are unable to offer any private accommodation at the Centre. If this is important to you but you would still like to join in the workshop, there are several B and Bs and hotels locally for those who do not choose to overnight at The Glenorchy Centre. Let us know and we can give more details. The fee for the weekend will be smaller.

5) Is there access at the centre for those with less mobility?

There is a lift to get downstairs.

6) Is the portraiture element with ‘ sitters’ (or people who have agreed to be photographed ) or is it photographing strangers?

We have based the workshop in Wirksworth, a small market town with friendly locals. We will arrange times with subjects (ie some of the friendly local people) and locations for you to photograph. We may begin by trying out some portraiture techniques on each other. Then we will be going out in groups around the town. We will not be photographing in a studio.

7) How big will the groups be ?

Groups will be no more than five people per tutor at the most, and with three tutors and Brian Griffin, each person has plenty of opportunity for experimenting and for individual attention. Or at any point you can go off to do your own thing.

‘8) Will you be using flash photography ?

One of the tutors, Nick Lockett, will run a session on how he uses portable flash lighting off-camera in his portrait work. We have small portable flashes for you to use at the workshop.

9) Is it booking up fast/are there limited places? ie should I book soon?

The September session is starting to fill up. We hope to have 15 participants. If you are thinking about it, please let me know so I can pencil you in.

10) Who attends the workshops ?

On previous workshops we have had photographers of all levels of experience. They have all been very  supportive and friendly towards each other and  been really enthusiastic and keen to share ideas. Even the most experienced photographers amongst them found something new from the workshops.

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