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Emmy story-telling workshop set for Jan. 21 in Sioux Falls

Area media professionals and college and high school students are invited to the upcoming Emmy on the Road story-telling workshop, set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Attendees will see recent Emmy Award-winning stories and discuss the creative process and story execution from concept to completion. They’ll learn about best practices for story construction, personalization and shooting and editing techniques that will spark creativity.
South Dakota State University’s School of Communication and Journalism is sponsoring the free event for the first time, associate professor Rocky Dailey said, arranging for the meeting space and audio-visual equipment.
Participants will also get specific instructions on the process to put work into consideration for a regional Emmy Award this coming year.
There will be time in the workshop for audience members to show their most recent work. This critiquing session allows everyone to share feedback on stories and learn from each other in a casual and friendly environment.
The event is designed primarily for those working in and learning about broadcast journalism and visual media, from beginners to seasoned professionals. With multimedia journalism on the rise, others who want to learn how to package a video or audio story may attend as well, Dailey said. Some of the techniques may also transfer to still photography.
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Upper Midwest Executive Director John “JJ” Murray as well as regional Emmy winners from Midco and Pioneer PBS will lead the workshop.
“We’re there to help people see things from a fresh perspective and to take their projects to new levels,” Murray said.
Dailey said the presenters will talk about different techniques and how to get content to tell a story.
“It’s about packaging the story together, contacting people, setting up interviews, and setting up the camera for interviews,” he said. “A lot of the workshop is focused on professionals, but we let students in as well. Anytime we can get high school students in there to see the magic of being a journalist is good.”
Journalism programs are looking for students, and media outlets are looking for employees, Dailey added. “We’re really hoping this is a good recruiting event for high school students to see that it can be a rewarding and fun career.”
Participants are asked to RSVP for the free event online at
For more information about the workshop, contact Murray at or call 952-381-7494.
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