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April 13th, 2010
Texas State hosts photojournalism workshop


For the second year in a row, Texas State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Advanced Storytelling Workshop, which is taking place this week at the LBJ Student Center.

The week long program brings 30-40 top television and newspaper journalism professionals, as well as students, from around the globe. Organizers for the event consider Texas State’s location between the two major media markets of Austin and San Antonio to be a major factor in the workshop’s return.

“The Advanced Storytelling Workshop is excited to be returning to our new home at Texas State University,” said Steve Sweitzer, the NPPA lead for the workshop.  “This is our second year at Texas State and we have found it the perfect site to host experienced journalists from around the world.  We can’t wait to get back to Texas.”

The workshop for students features both classroom session and the production of stories. They will develop story ideas as well as research, report, film, edit and produce a complete work under real world deadlines. The following critiques and one-one sessions will help develop their skills.

The event is a capstone for students of Texas State Senior Lecturer David Nolan’s visual storytelling class. Said Nolan, “Our students will work side by side with some of America’s best journalists. This is a unique opportunity that few institutions can offer their students.”  Nolan is the faculty coordinator for the event.

The National Press Photographers Association is an organization of more than 10,000 members who work in photojournalism. The members include television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve photojournalism.

The workshop is partially supported by a $5,000 donation to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication by Time Warner’s News 8 Austin.

For more information on the event contact, David Nolan at the School of Journalism and Mass communication at (512) 245-9653 or by email at

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