Thursday, July 19, 2012

Learn Award Winning Videojournalism & Cinema Journalism Workshop


The Retwitter Show titles - journalism 2046 from david dunkley gyimah on Vimeo.

Photo-essays, auteur-driven narratives, ecology 3 & 4.

In the evolving field of video, these are some of the new ideas emerging which on the one hand capture my notion of videojournalism, which I lay out in this workshop. There are a number of ecological pieces that I will share and define with audiences.

Cine-journalism is not new, yet this current form, I believe based on experiential learning as one of the UK's first official videojournalists, pulls on a particular set of embodied style from changes which has the picked the seams of journalism.

For me this includes drawing on  experience, such as reporting from South Africa during the end of Apartheid, working with Nato, adventure pieces diving with the Turkish Navy, and various stories on international events over a twenty-five years plus career.

In this presentation, as a Senior University Lecturer and PhD researcher I describe this new terrain, with examples of work published on award winning website - which I have previewed at Apple.

The workshop includes the following:
  1. In auteur-driven narratives. Here I unveil work from my doctorate thesis, which includes training non videojournalists to become videojournalists  over  4 years work with journalists in Egypt collaborating with them to tell life ecology stories: the street vendors who sell food, the actor who wants to go to hollywood, and behind-the-scenes of the crafts businesses. These are stories made by new videojournalists, but there were empirical reasons they had not been told before.                                  
  2. In photo essays, how the power of the image combined with scoring produces the kineasthetic. Here I review Obama 100 Days, commemorating President Obama's 100 days in office, made with a contemporary orchestra screened at the South Bank, and working with World Press Award photographers.
  3. In the Ecology 3, the report combines reportage with educational value such as Nation Videojournalism in which two African countries Ghana and South Africa came together to report on one another using videojournalism and more recently this report from Beirut's Annahar Newspaper where I spent time training their journalists.
  4. And in this Ecology 4 we see Tahrir Memento, four young people talk about what the events of January 2011 meant for them in personal terms in a style that marks out a territory between news and docs. 
  5. Producing online auter-driven narratives - a history of practices collaborating with students and clients to understand semiotics and produce rich multimedia sites.
A large measure of my work involves philosophy and hermeneutics presented in an accessible way to students and clients that provide meaning about what we do and why, and how to get the best out of your work.

And I think these methods are successful, as this year  I was extremely flattered to be  awarded 'Outstanding Lecturer of the year' by the National Union of Students - the University of Westminster (UK)..

The presentations and field work will take place over a bespoke number of days and I'll be opening this up for external engagement in the near future.


David Dunkley Gyimah is an award winning videojournalist and Knight Batten winner for Innovation in Journalism from the design and publication of Apple calls him a One Man Hurricane and he is recognised in the UK as one of its pioneering videojournalists. In his career over 20 years, David has worked for the BBC e.g. Newsnight and Channel 4 News, as well as ABC News. 

He has spoken about his craft all around the world e.g. China, Bosnia, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Chicago etc. and has presented at conferences such as, ONA, SXSW, Apple Stores and the World Association of Newspapapers. He helped set up and train the first videojournalism school for regional journalists in the UK, and has trained many students and journalist such as The Financial Times and Chicago-Sun Times. 

David has been a member of the UK's leading international think tank, Chatham House for 20 years and has an educational background in Applied Chemistry, Economics and Journalism. He is currently a PhD researcher, senior lecturer and an artist in residence at the Southbank.