Thanks to the ongoing support of MediaStorm, all prize winners of the 2017 IAFOR Photography Documentary Award will once again receive free access to MediaStorm online training videos. In addition, winners of the Grand Prize, Second Place and Third Place will also receive a tuition-waiver for a MediaStorm Multimedia One-Day Workshop.

About MediaStorm

MediaStorm is an award-winning film production and interactive design studio whose work gives voice and meaning to the most pressing issues today. Their stories aim to demystify complex problems, humanize statistics and inspire audiences to take action on what matters most.

MediaStorm has led a paradigm shift in digital storytelling through their in-depth reporting and original use of audio, video, and interactive graphics create compelling stories that get noticed. In the past eight years, they has been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and won two Alfred Dupont Awards. Their films connect with audiences, spread through social media and are picked up by major media outlets, such as AP, NBC, New York Times, and The Washington Post.

About MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos

MediaStorm online training videos provide essential tools and techniques proven to enhance multimedia production quality. MediaStorm’s award-winning team of producers and cinematographers lead the online training videos with lessons learned from their experience producing multimedia publications and training groups and organizations around the world.

Created from years of live training experience, the online training videos provide useful tips no matter what your role in today’s multimedia industry.

About MediaStorm’s One Day Workshops

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides a general, yet precise, overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques. Although this is not a hands-on workshop, active discussion is both encouraged and expected from all participants. Theory is backed up by real world examples using MediaStorm’s award winning work. The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary and multimedia content.

What You Will Learn:

Narrative Storytelling

  • Developing the best approach for creating effective multimedia stories
  • Pre-production planning, finding the story’s focus and execution of those ideas and techniques

Reporting Approach

  • Using the best tools to get the story
  • When to use a still camera, when to use audio and/or video
  • How to ask questions and get to the heart of the story


  • Getting the most out of the reporter/editor relationship
  • Common issues and how to resolve them

Business Model

  • Collaborating with clients
  • Syndication models
  • Distribution of projects across various platforms

Note: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation, room and board during the workshop.

Image by Hashem Shakeri | 2016 Commended Entry

Posted by Thaddeus Pope

Thaddeus Pope is the Director of Visual Communications for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.