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Tuesday, March 11 • 9:30am - 1:30pm
Viteracy Now! Cause Video & the Proof Imperative

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This four-hour workshop will explore the emergence of short-form video as a critical tool for conveying urgency, proof and relevancy in the social good sector. We'll explore ways to achieve and measure video impact and how to use video to build cross-sector, group-to-group support for a cause that can endure from one campaign to the next. Attendees will gain working knowledge of the 10 types of cause videos being used successfully in the sector today, and discover which types are best for creating specific outcomes. Attendees also will learn how short-form videos are better made in-house, with the best campaigns employing smart social/mobile distribution strategies for maximum impact and continuous supporter engagement.
The first hour will be screenings and strategies, and the second hour will drill down on storytelling and best practices using impact measurement and new social video platforms including Vine and Instagram. In the workshop's second half, which commences following a 15-minute break, Marcia and Jeff will break attendees into 5 or 6 video production teams as an exercise in how to get started using smartphones and basic editing apps to produce 60- to 90-second video mission statements for their favorite cause or social good organization.
Following shared screenings, we'll use the final hour to close out the workshop with a collaborative storytelling exercise that crowdsources, from attendees, a high-impact narrative from a random assemblage of pre-loaded video clips shot at SxSW earlier in the week. In this way, workshop participants, as a group, can apply the lessons they learned about strategy, impact and thinking visually in the first half of the workshop to "group-produce" a successful 60-second cause video that can be shared with fellow attendees long after the workshop ends. Key questions answered in this workshop will be:
1) What are the most effective types and examples of cause videos and what makes them successful in nonprofit advocacy?
2) What does it mean for a social good organization to be "viterate" (video literate) and how can cause video anchor a more visual, cross-platform presence for your cause online and off?
3) How can video and social media work together most successfully to both measure the impact of a video and insure widespread distribution?
4) What is involved in creating a digital mission statement and what is the most efficient and effective way to create one for a social sector organization, regardless of size?
5) What are the most important trends in cause video and how is the medium evolving in ways that can help causes woo more support and effectiveness offline?
6) What is involved in making a short video and what are the best ways to tell the right story, in the right way, for your organization?
- Basic understanding of smartphone video cameras and a basic familiarity with editing programs for iPhone and Android systems.
What to Bring:
- Bring smartphones and laptops with whatever video editing program you use or want to learn to use.

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Jefferson Graham

ColumnistUSA TODAYJefferson Graham is a tech columnist for USA TODAY, photographer, host and producer of the "Talking Tech" digital series. He is the author of 9 books, including the recent "Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video," and an accomplished... Read More →
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Marcia Stepanek

Emerging Media Faculty & New Media DirNew York UniversityMarcia is a multimedia journalist, new media strategist, award-winning news and features editor, videographer, and author of the forthcoming book, "Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment." She develops new media... Read More →

Tuesday March 11, 2014 9:30am - 1:30pm CDT
AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 102

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