Video Journalism Course – 4 days

Online video has revolutionised traditional print organisations and changed the way the media approaches journalism; smartphones, editing software and evolving camera technology have made potential video journalists of us all: inky-fingered hacks are being told to pick up a camera; advertisers can’t get enough of online video… Are you wondering how to survive and thrive in this new visual world?

Dominique Vandenhoudt


Why this course?

This course aims to inspire, instruct and empower those who want to work in the exploding field of video journalism. We will look at how modern video journalism can both break with the conventions and constraints of traditional broadcast TV, and rise above the amateurism of home-shot footage. We will look at how to maximise the power of video, taking you through the planning, shooting and editing process involved in making compelling short films. No prior experience in video of television is required. At the end of four days, you will be able to create professional quality videos.

Course Content

Introduction to the main principles of video storytelling

Thinking in pictures 

The practicalities and exercises for good reporting 

Story packaging, storytelling as a Videojournalist

How to operate a HD camera and ancillary equipment. 

Interview techniques

Filming techniques 

Practical filming exercisesIntroduction to non-linear editing software Personal editing of stories

Course Preparation

Attendees must bring their own camera and laptop..

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Cape Town

Thiri Khin Aung

Video Journalist

“Dominique has been my trainer during the Video Journalism workshop at Mizzima Media in Yangon. It is my understanding that Dominique has flexible organisation skills and as well as teaching. I do appreciate his performance. And I also respect him as a good  video journalist trainer. He shared his knowledge to others on video editing, camera shooting, script writing and great ideas. And also creativity, continuous learning, time management, advanced research skills and he has good presentation skills. We created a lot of stories together. He showed and shared many things and experiences. I’m sure that he is one of the best video journalists trainers that I ever met.”

Our Venue

‘The Stables’, the home of Media Academy Cape Town, is located in one of Cape Towns most treasured destinations, the Noordhoek Valley.   Situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak and surrounded by Table Mountain National Park, Noordhoek has a delightful village atmosphere with beautiful mountain and sea views.  It is home to some of the finest restaurants, diverse communities and has a definite equestrian feel to it due to its large horse population.  In fact our training venue itself, The Stables, was once home to horses but now is a beautiful video studio where students can feel relaxed and inspired surrounded by a natural environment of peace and tranquillity.


2 Sea Cottage Drive, Noordhoek Cape Town / South-Africa