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  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th Street Northwest Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

Wednesday, June 15th, 9:30am – 5:00pm (Check In 9:00am)

This one-day seminar is created to provide a survey of contemporary technology, social media, publishing, sharing and delivery platforms that are essential tools for artists to create, collaborate produce and share their work. Topics include balancing content/audience, generating media opportunities, atypical publishing platforms, impacting change through social media, and measuring audience engagement today.

Price: $150; $125 for Students
Included with General Pass + EDU Package.
Space is limited; pre-purchasing Package guarantees seating.

Pick up tickets at The Paramount Theater Box Office.

Check in at 9:00am:
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 4th Street, NW; Charlottesville, VA 22902


9:30 - 9:40, Introductory Remarks
James Estrin, Lens Blog Co-Editor and Senior Staff Photographer
The New York Times

9:40 – 10:00, Some Things Never Change (Except Those That Do): A Quick Trip Through the History of Photography
Andrew Mendelson, Ph. D., Associate Dean and Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

10:00 – 10:45, Storytelling at MediaStorm
Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer, MediaStorm

10:45 – 11:00, BREAK

11:00 – 11:45, Disrupting the Norm: New Collaborations for Storytelling
Ed Kashi, photojournalist, filmmaker, and educator; member of VII Photo Agency

11:45 - 12:00 James Estrin introduces LOOK3 Featured Artist Sheila Pree Bright

12:00 – 1:00, buffet-style lunch will be available for purchase on site.

1:00 - 1:45No Byline: Black Box on Prioritizing the Sum Over the Parts 
Black Box, A Cooperative for Visual Documentary Projects: Photographers Chris Gregory, Natalie Keyssar, and Jake Naughton and designer Alejandro Torres Viera

1:45 – 3:00, Instagram as a Tool for Social Engagement
Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill, Founders, @everydayafrica

Special Guests: Nana Kofi Acquah and Ley Uwera,Photographers from the African Photojournalist Database

3:00 – 3:15, BREAK

3:15- 4:00, Atypical Publishing
Dan Milnor, Photographer-at-Large, Blurb

4:00 – 4:45, Virtual Reality: A New Way To Tell Stories
Jenna Pirog, Virtual Reality Editor, New York Times Magazine
(Additional opportunity to experience VR cameras and viewing with Jenna on Sunday 9:30am - 10:30am at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center)

4:45 – 5:00, Closing remarks
James Estrin