‘Documenting Our Lives With Video’

Saturday, February 23 - 10:00 AM

Denison University’s Center for Narrative Journalism presents “Documenting Our Lives With Video” workshop led by Doug Swift. This workshop is part of a series titled “Tell Better Stories” that is supported by the Mellon grant.

Most of us carry movie cameras in our pockets. With a little training, we can put these smart phone cameras to work, not only recording important parts of our lives, but using this intention to feel more connected to the things that matter to us. We can all become storytellers. For many folks, this means learning to take good home movies. For other folks, it means documenting the things in our communities that are unfair or unjust, becoming citizen journalists. Sometimes the family stories and public engagement are entwined.  Together we’ll learn some basic principles of storytelling with our phone-video cameras including composition, understanding light, putting our subject at ease, and use of interviews. When you leave, you’ll be ready to start capturing important and life-changing video.


Swift is a documentary filmmaker and creative director of Wild Iris Video. He’s placed short documentary films at CET TV and 100 Days in Appalachia and teaches English classes at Denison University.


Registration is required.

To register, email Beth Lossing at lossingb@denison.edu.


Newark, OH 43055
Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


Denison University

Date / Time

Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Beth Lossing
(740) 587-5352