Online Workshop: Knight Prototype Fund-ed

June 20th, 2013

Knight FoundationThe Knight Prototype Fund announced their support for our new effort: Transom Online Workshop (TOW), an environment for learning the art and craft of creating multimedia stories.

TOW will explore new methods to train journalists and improve storytelling skills via self-guided (free) and instructor-led (fee) web-based course paths. Our educational materials will feature experienced pros sharing skills developed over decades and new producers revealing their discoveries, triumphs and challenges. TOW’s first release will be in August 2013.

Transom, a project of Atlantic Public Media, has extensive experience teaching the aesthetics and technologies of narrative storytelling through our Workshops and articles on Transom Online Workshops will build upon this experience and corpus of knowledge to produce an online learning environment that explores new models for online courseware for journalism skill building.

To receive more information about all of our Workshops, please write to us at info[at] and we will add you to our Workshop email list.

Knight Prototype Fund “helps journalists, developers and tinkerers take media innovations from idea to demonstration.” Transom is proud Knight selected TOW for the second round of their innovative program “premised on the belief that with the cost of experimentation dropping these days, it’s almost too expensive not to try out new ideas.”

And we are in excellent company: this round’s other Prototype Fund recipients are WBEZ, American Public Media, Raleigh Public Record, and PBS:

Knight Prototype Fund press release

11 Comments on “Online Workshop: Knight Prototype Fund-ed”

  • Bob Workmon says:

    This is an intriguing and exciting concept. Please sign me up for workshop updates & other information. Bob Workmon, senior producer, WHQR Public Radio

  • Muhammad says:

    I am Muhammad Sabir. I belong to an indigenous community in Pakistan. I want to record oral history of my family. Only I was lacking was proper training. I am sure your workshop will provide me that essential training. Please sign me up for workshop updates and other related information.
    Muhammad Sabir
    Election Desk HRCP

  • Ben Tarpley says:

    My name is Boomer Ben. I am a retired 65 year old who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009 (2178 miles), rode my bicycle across the United States (Southern Tier) in 2010, but came out of retirement in 2011 to form a nonprofit called Hammers and Hearts (“like” on Facebook). For the past 2 years I have organized relief efforts in Joplin,Mo. and Live Oak, Fl. to help families displaced by disasters, etc. tornadoes and floods. I will return to retirement later this year to plan for a walk from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, Ca. I hope to begin my walk no later than Feb. 14, 2014 which is the day I turn 66. After reaching California, I plan to continue my trek by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Campo, Mexico to Canada (2700+ miles). My trip will be unsupported as I will either carry, push or pull my needs with me. I realize that this is an ambitious task/adventure for someone my age, but as long as I have the passion, I will make the effort. I would like to record conversations with those I meet along the way in addition to many photos. I am very interested in the Online Workshop. Please advise me on how I can better prepare for recording this trek. Thanks, Ben Tarpley @

  • flyinghigh7 says:

    I am so happy that this is available. Sign me up!

  • We would love to be involved.
    Leisa Goldberg

  • Jason says:

    Moving to Ireland soon, love “This American Life”, plan on interviewing interesting characters in the towns in order to get to know the community. Please send me details of online training courses.

  • Emile B Klein says:

    Very excited about this.

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