World Press Photo Award Winning Multimedia Journalist to Mentor on Shutha Digital Campus

It is wonderful to be able to announce that the winner of the World Press Photo Multimedia Award 2012, Elles van Gelder, will be one of the mentors on the two-week multimedia journalism masterclass in April.

The Introduction to Multimedia Story Telling: The fundamentals of multimedia journalism masterclass is being run at Michaelhouse in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from April 2-13. Participants will be mentored in the production of short-form multimedia journalism. Each participant will be hands on producing multimedia stories over the two week period and by the end should be able to turn around quality multimedia pieces within two-to-three days feeding print, web, television and radio. The course will be led by Sharron Lovell and Elles van Gelder.
Sharron will be leading the masterclass over the two weeks. Sharron Lovell is multimedia journalist and educator based in Asia. Equipped with a camera and other gadgets she attempts to explore some of the less represented sides of the places she works. She works both individually and collaboratively, focusing on features rather than single images or spot news.
Sharron lectures on the MA International Multimedia Journalism at Beijing Foreign Studies University (in collaboration with the University of Bolton, UK) and has led photographic workshops and training for photographers and journalists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, as well as multimedia training for the Malaysian Press Institute and UNICEF Bangkok. Sharron is represented by two international photo agencies, Polaris Images (US) and Shoot the Earth (UK) and holds a BA (First Class Honours) degree in Photography, and an MA Degree in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography.
Her work has been published in National Geographic books, PBS, Newsweek, The Guardian, Global Post, Berlinske, Politiken, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist & The Economist’s Intelligent Life,  China File, The Irish Times, Forbes, The Independent, Grazia, Ms. Magazine, Adbusters, Le Monde and The Financial Times as well as UNICEF UK.

Elles van Gelder will be supporting Sharron in the second half of the masterclass. She is a Dutch multimedia journalist based in Johannesburg. She moved to South Africa in 2007 to work on projects and assignments in sub-Saharan Africa as a writer, radio journalist, and videographer. Elles works as a freelancer and mainly focuses on features and has a love for long-term projects. 
While using her journalism skills individually, she also believes in merging the different ways you can tell stories in combining video, stills and audio.
As a videographer she made the multimedia film Afrikaner Blood together with photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien, for which they won the World Press Photo Multimedia Award 2012, a Picture of the Year International Award (POYI) in the category Issue Reporting Multimedia and the Lumix Multimedia Award 2012.
Elles’ work has been published in many international publications, including Time Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine (UK), Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Le Figaro (France), L’Espresso (Italy) and National Geographic (The Netherlands).
There are just 12 places for participants in the masterclass. While the cost of the course is not inconsequential, for working photographers the ability to earn out of every story up to three times what they currently earn, means the investment is made back within months. For photography and journalism lecturers and for news organisations in South Africa it also makes perfect sense as an institutional investment. Bookings for this masterclass close next week Friday March 22, 2013.
For more information…
Multimedia Storytelling Full Course Outline
Shutha Digital Campus (multimedia) 2013 Booking Form