L.A.-based Video Journalist Explores DC-based “American Pupusas”

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 December 2012 — Ivan Mejia traveled from Los Angeles where he works as freelance video journalist to attend the December 2012 workshop here in Washington, DC. I first met Ivan in the late 1980s while covering the civil war in his native country of El Salvador. Ivan now works as a freelance video journalist on the West Coast.

You can see the video HERE.

He joined our most recent workshop to learn the craft of character-driven, visually compelling stories that reflect knowledge of, and skill with, the visual language.

The Video Journalism Workshops are intensive, four-day immersions in the craft of “backpack video journalism,” defined as character-driven television/web productions with hand-held digital cameras by a single practitioner. The workshops cover the gamut of this storytelling craft from the genesis and shaping of story ideas, to shooting powerful images that drive the story, to the capture and use of sound, to script writing, narration, and editing with Macintosh computers and Final Cut Pro.

These workshops are appropriate for beginners with some experience as well as existing practitioners who desire to sharpen their skills or acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists, print and video journalists, aspiring documentary filmmakers and independent storytellers.