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Effective News Videos with Videolicious: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

Funded by Amazon and the Knight Foundation, Videolicious empowers more than 1 million people in 100+ countries to create sophisticated video productions — automatically, in seconds.

In this training session, you'll learn how to create your own news video productions, from narrated photo essays to newsmaker interviews with b-roll, graphics and music. You'll see examples of videos automatically edited in seconds from journalists and see a real-time demo of automatic video editing. We'll close with a strategy session on how to plan your first video shoot.


In anticipation of the session, do the following:

  1. Download: In advance please download the Videolicious application from the App Store.
  2. Create a free account: Open the Videolicious application on your iOS device, then tap the Sign In button on the top right. Enter your email address, name and choose a password, then tap Done.
  3. Download the four photos and script to your iOS device to use during the training session.
  4. Watch the Washington Post video example automatically edited on an iPhone with Videolicious.
  5. Watch the Poynter Videolicious Demo.

See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.

What Will I Learn?

  • An effective framework for getting journalists started with creating their first videos
  • Strategic assistance on helping newsrooms layer in more visual reporting

Who Should Take this Course?

Journalists looking to get started with video as well as assigning editors and producers looking to empower reporters to create more video.

Course Instructor

Alan Haburchak

Alan Haburchak

Alan Haburchak is Director of Video Evangelism at Videolicious, as well as a member of the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At Videolicious, he has helped journalists at newspapers, magazines and TV stations throughout the US get started creating videos in a sustainable way – leveraging interviews they’ve already scheduled and events they’re already attending to add a video layer to their journalism in the most time-efficient ways possible.

Prior to Videolicious, Alan worked in China as Multimedia Editor and Senior Producer for Caixin Online, and also in New York as a multimedia journalist for


The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment, sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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