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Writer and filmmaker Turk Pipkin will be a special guest speaker at the Platypus Workshop 7 p.m. May 20 at Texas State University in Old Main 234.

Turk Pipkin is the founder of the global education nonprofit, the Nobelity Project. He is the director of the feature documentaries Nobelity, One Piece at a Time and Building Hope.

He is also the author of 10 books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times best-seller The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson. Pipkin has also worked as an actor in numerous film and television shows, including a recurring role in the HBO series The Sopranos.

Pipkin will talk about the role of the video journalist in the non-profit arena.

The Platypus workshop, hosted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, runs from May 19-27. Workshop attendees learn the proper use of camera position and angles, lighting, audio and sequencing under the direction of Dirck Halstead and Beth Corwin, veteran news and television photographers.

The workshop has taught more than 300 photojournalists since its inception in 1999. Platypus graduates have gone on to do television documentaries, web videos and films.

For information, contact David Nolan at 210-488-5467 or via email at dn15@txstate.edu.

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