DigitalEd: Backpack Journalism: How to Thrive as a Solo Journalist

    by Sara Snyder
    May 26, 2016

    Title: Backpack Journalism: How to Thrive as a Solo Journalist

    Instructor: Sara Snyder, Multimedia Producer, Shooter and Editor at Sara Snyder Media

    Make The Most Of Your One-(Wo)Man Band


    Journalists have been asked to do more with less time and resources in the digital age. Video. Blog. Photography. Social. Is having all this responsibility too overwhelming, or causing you to underperform and lose valuable clients or opportunities? Well, falter no more. This one-hour tutorial will help teach you how to use your multimedia toolbox with the ease of a pro. 

    The training will cover practical pre-production tips and budgetary advice, plus simple shortcuts for delivering a sparkling final product. This class will walk you through a real-world example from the earliest stages of ideation through the final deliverables. You’ll also be able to ask questions and adapt the possible scenario for your own work.

    Get ready to learn what it takes to hustle harder and keep your clients happy — without losing any more sleep.


    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. How to set clear expectations for yourself and your client
      • Basic contracts
      • Budgetary needs
    2. Pre-Production Preparation
      • Site scouting
      • Research
      • Shot lists, gear lists and social media plans
    3. Production Dos and Don’ts
      • “Run of Show” for each day
      • Gear (specifically packing for easy access)
      • Shoot to deliver
      • Easy memory shortcuts
    4. Rapid-Fire Post Production Techniques
      • Shoot to edit
      • Music library
      • Pre-saved graphics and color


    • “Presentation and Resources” handout to be delivered by June 28

    Who should take this training:

    • Any one-(wo)man bands
    • Digital and traditional journalists
    • Those considering leaping into the world of hardcore media hustle

    Date and Time: June 29, 2016 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

    Price: $39

    Register now for the online training!

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Sara Snyder is a wildly creative and award-winning multimedia producer, shooter and editor seeking life’s grand adventures. Whether Sara is challenging her yoga-approved balance filming on the rocking beams of an oyster farm or getting attacked by fire ants as she navigates the jungles of Zanzibar, she’s always willing to push the limits of her comfort zone to get the story. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, USA TODAY Travel, Clinton Global Initiative, Eurosport, and more. If Sara can continue to travel the world with a camera in her hand sharing stories about the amazing people and places she gets to visit, she will be happy forever!

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