2024 PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP
Williamsburg & Whitley County, Kentucky
OCT 22 - 26, 2024
Come for the experience. Enjoy the community.
Photo by Michael Swensen
If you are looking to jump-start your visual journalism career, or if you need to rejuvenate your passion for storytelling, spend a week with us in the Bluegrass State for a week of immersive learning, inspiration, and community interaction at the 49th annual Mountain Workshops.
Registration opens
Payment opens July 1, 2024
April 1
Tuition
$850 after August 1, 2024
$750
Registration closes
Last day to apply/pay
Sept. 15
PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP 2024
Do you think your images lack that “special something?” After all, you understand exposure, composition and light, yet your images still don’t stand out from the crowd.

This is where we come in. With a coach-to-student ratio of approximately 1:6, the Photojournalism Workshop can bring you to a new level of storytelling, one you never thought you could reach. You will form a close bond with your story subject while telling their story; to this end you will immerse yourself in the storytelling process, getting up early and staying out late to capture meaningful moments, as well as receiving feedback about your work from your supportive coaches. Along with your fellow workshop participants, you will ultimately contribute to a memorable and enduring narrative about the community of Paris, Kentucky.

Mountain is all about building relationships and using meaningful photographs to tell a story. If you want to be a photojournalist, your coaches – among the most outstanding visual professionals in the nation – will give you a motivating push in the right direction. To complement your days and nights of shooting and editing, each evening includes inspiring presentations by the coaches, as well as critiques of a selection of images taken that day. If you find any down time, it will be spent soaking up the knowledge of your passionate coaches and perhaps sleeping a little bit.

Jake May, Chief Photojournalist, The Flint Journal

"Everyone who comes here comes here for the same reason of wanting to have a better understanding of how to relate to people, how to build relationships and honestly, we become a family in the process."
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WHAT WE DO
Each October, a group of visual journalists set up shop in a different community in Kentucky to document life and culture in a unique way. Raw and live, it’s all about the people and their stories, not the institutions. It’s called the Mountain Workshops, and dozens of students and professionals from around the country swoop in for a week every year to garner new skills and fresh inspiration.

It’s a crash course in visual journalism.

Participants can choose from one of three options for the week. Photojournalism, Video Storytelling and Picture Editing. Three workshops held in one location, in one week, with a constant flow of new ideas and one-on-one guidance by the top professionals in their fields, all add up to an intense five days of high-octane education in visual communication and storytelling.
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What you create
  • Images that will be considered for use in the Mountain Workshops book, website and gallery.
  • A visual and written story, along with captions, that reveal your subject’s true character.
  • Moments of learning that rapidly propel your skills forward.
  • A network of friends, colleagues and connections that will remain a part of your life throughout your career.
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Who should attend
  • Pre-professional or early professional visual storytellers looking to increase their knowledge in the art of storytelling.
  • Any visual journalist or commercial photographer in need of inspiration or a week away to experience visual immersion to rejuvenate their passion.
  • College students interested in documenting communities and the people who live in them.
A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE 2023 MOUNTAIN
Video by Gabi Broekema
HOUSING
You are required to provide your own lodging and dinning arrangements during the Workshops.

There are two hotels within walking distance from the Workshops headquarters. The faculty and staff are being lodged at the Super 8 by Wyndham. Next door is the Holiday Inn Express. Just across I-75 is Hampton Inn.

Once you have been accepted AND paid to attend the workshop of your choosing, you will be invited by your registration email to join a PRIVATE Facebook group for all the 2024 participants. It is in this social space that many of our workshop attendees coordinate hotel and transportation arrangements. We will post on Facebook any private housing options as they become available from the community.
TRAVEL
You will need to have a vehicle for the workshops.

The Photojournalism and Video workshops requires each participant to work individually at various locations each day and it is mandatory to have your own transportation during the week.

If you are in the Picture Editing workshop and you book a room at the Holiday Inn Express or Super 8 by Wyndham you will be able to walk to and from your room to our headquarters. If you stay at the Hampton Inn, walking will be dangerous and not advised due to the lack of sidewalks and the busy-ness of this major intersection. The participants in Picture Editing do not travel for their assignments but will need to provide their own transportation for all other activities.
DINING OPTIONS
There are three fast-food establishments and two restaurants within walking distance of our headquarters. Dining options can be limited due to the nature of some our workshops locations. Your tuition does not cover any meal options.
HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
Williamsburg Tourism & Convention Center
650 S. 10th St.
Williamsburg, KY 40769
2024 TENTATIVE PHOTOJOURNALISM SCHEDULE
All times are Local.

TUESDAY | OCT. 22

7:45 - 8:45 AM
7:45 - 8:45 AM
Workshop Registration
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Vendor's Open
Visit our national, regional and local sponsors.
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Photography Workshop Introductions
James Kenney, MWS Director
Overview and individual coach assignments.
9:45 AM
9:45 AM
Production and Workflow
Tim Broekema, MWS Production Director
Camera settings, ingest guidelines, story and caption writing, image database and other notes.
10:15 AM
10:15 AM
Meet Your Coaches
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Tips on how to make initial contact with your subject. Secure the deal.
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Lunch
Visit one of the local downtown restaurants or spend more time with the vendors.
12:30 PM
12:30 PM
Welcome and Community Comments
James Kenney, MWS Director
Join the video and picture editing workshop participants for our grand opening of the 2023 Mountain Workshops. Photo and video participants will draw their subjects name out of the hat.
1:30 PM
1:30 PM
First Read
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Meet with your small team's coach to discuss your story and receive further instruction and tips. Your coach will need to log what story you drew,
2:15 PM
2:15 PM
Cut the Deal
Make the call, meet your subject. The ball is rolling!
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Ingest Station closes for lecture series
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #1
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #2
TBD
9:15 PM
9:15 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #3
TBD
10:00 PM
10:00 PM
Meet With Individual Coaches
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Meet with your coaches to discuss the day's events.
10:15 PM
10:15 PM
Ingest Station closes for night
11:00 PM
11:00 PM
Workshops Building Closes

WEDNESDAY | OCT. 23

Sunrise!
Sunrise!
Fieldwork
Shooting schedules are built by interaction with you, your subject and your coach's guidance.
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Ingest Station Opens
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
Afternoon
Afternoon
Fieldwork
Continue shooting features and story; write story and captions; meet with coaches.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Ingest Station closes for lecture series
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Finding the story within the story." #4
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Finding the story within the story." #5
TBD
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Group Photo Critique
AUDITORIUM
Coaches will present your work shot that day and provide valuable feedback for all to hear.
9:45 PM
9:45 PM
Ingest Station closes for the evening
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
Coaches Meeting
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Meet with your coaches to discuss the day's events.
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

THURSDAY | OCT. 24

Sunrise!
Sunrise!
Fieldwork
Shooting schedules are built by interaction with you, your subject and your coach's guidance.
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Ingest Station Opens
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
Afternoon
Afternoon
Fieldwork
Continue shooting features and story; write story and captions; meet with coaches.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director | AUDITORIUM
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Making the Story Visually Unique." #6
SUE MORROW, Editor, News Photographer, NPPA | AUDITORIUM
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Making the Story Visually Unique." #7
CHRIS JANJIC, Independent Cinematographer | AUDITORIUM
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Group Photo Critique
AUDITORIUM
Coaches will present your work shot that day and provide valuable feedback for all to hear.
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
Coaches Meeting
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Meet with your coaches to discuss the day's events.
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

FRIDAY | OCT. 25

Sunrise!
Sunrise!
Fieldwork
Shooting schedules are built by interaction with you, your subject and your coach's guidance.
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Ingest Station Opens
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
Afternoon
Afternoon
Fieldwork
Continue shooting features and story; write story and captions; meet with coaches.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Ingest Station closes for lecture series
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series " Why Do We Do What We Do?" #8
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series " Why Do We Do What We Do?" #9
TBD
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Coaches Meeting
SMALL GROUP SESSION
Meet with your coaches to discuss the day's events.
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
Ingest Station closes for the evening
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

SATURDAY | OCT. 26

Sunrise!
Sunrise!
Fieldwork
Shooting schedules are built by interaction with you, your subject and your coach's guidance.
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
10:30 AM
10:30 AM
Ingest Station Opens
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Ceremonial Closing of Content Gathering
Some fun with your new friends, group photo
12:45 PM
12:45 PM
Lunch
On your own.
12:45 PM
12:45 PM
Ingest Station closes for the workshop
3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Deadline
All photo selections, captions, story and headlines complete; review checklist with coaches before you leave for dinner.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Welcome and Announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director | AUDITORIUM
6:30 PM
6:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Where Do We Go From Here?"#10
TBD
7:15 PM
7:15 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Where Do We Go From Here?" #11
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Pizza Party
AUDITORIUM LOBBY
Sponsored by Canon and Sony
9:00 PM
9:00 PM
Presentation Viewing
AUDITORIUM
Sit back and enjoy - dare we say revel, in your success as you present your work and get a chance to see all the photo stories, videos and page design produced this week.
11:30 PM
11:30 PM
Closing Comments
AUDITORIUM
Canon, Sony and Tamron door prize winners announced. Closing overview video you do not want to miss!
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Concludes
Ready to Apply?

The application process opens April 1 and will continue until all seats for each workshop sells out or by September 15, whichever comes first. Our payment window opens July 1. Acceptance into each workshop will be based on various factors, including your portfolio, resumé and additional information you may supply.


Interested participants must fill out the online application to start the process to be considered for the Mountain Workshops. Once accepted, you will be notified by your registration email (be sure to monitor your SPAM folder) and instructed on how to pay to reserve your spot. This workshop can sell out. Your seat is not confirmed until you pay. Registration and acceptance alone does not guarantee a seat.