Startup Media Workshops


Startup Workshops

The Seattle Globalist and the University of Washington’s Department of Communication are proud to present Startup Media Skills: workshops designed for online media makers.

Work side-by-side with seasoned journalists and instructors from The Seattle Globalist who are eager to share their experience with motion graphics, crowdfunding and online writing.


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Find your voice and stand out from the noise online with Seattle Times columnist Sarah Stuteville

Saturday, March 29 * 1-5pm (extra lab time: 5-6pm) * $225 * Location: UW

Sarah Stuteville's column in The Seattle Times.
Sarah Stuteville’s column in The Seattle Times.

The rise of online writing has meant not only a shift in economic and publishing models but also in tone and participants. Whether it’s a blog entry, a press release or that perfectly crafted tweet, audiences are hungry for writing that has voice.  Seattle Times columnist/Seattle Globalist Co-founder Sarah Stuteville will give you an in-depth look at her writing: stories that are both transparent and personal–and aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and accessible. This workshop will focus on point-of-view writing that challenges assumptions of the omniscient voice and pushes the boundaries of what online writing can be. Participants will walk away from the workshop with a flushed out idea for their next writing piece. Stay after the workshop and bring a short writing sample (800 words or less) to spend time with the instructor on a side-by-side edit.

Sarah Stuteville

Instructor: Sara Stuteville is a cofounder of the Seattle Globalist. She won the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as three 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards for her reporting in northern Iraq and Syria. She wrote and produced the award-winning feature-length documentary, BARZAN, and co-produced an hour-long radio special, Generation Putin, that aired on public radio stations across the nation.

Who should take this class: Bloggers, journalists, social media managers, nonfiction writers, filmmakers, students, PR/Communication managers and…everyone.


Workshops will be held in the Communication Building on the UW Campus

Dozens of buses from all over the city and bordering counties run direct to the University District. Parking is available for $5 on weekends and disability parking is available directly outside the building with an elevator on the southeast side. We want to make our workshops as awesome as possible for all of our participants.

If you have any questions, requests, or concerns about our technology, space or curriculum, please contact Sara McCaslin at

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Bring your videos to life with motion graphics using Adobe After Effects 

Discover how you can use Adobe After Effects to create a dynamic title sequence for your next film, break down complex data through beautiful visuals  or add effects to live action video. In this workshop you’ll gain an introductory knowledge of the software and create your very own animation. In a small class environment, we’ll walk you step-by-step through the software. We’ll also provide an additional hour of lab time at the end of the workshop to work one-on-one with the instructor.
Sara McCaslin

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Get an inside look at successful crowdfunding campaigns and how you can get your next creative project off the ground

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have reshaped how we fundraise for creative projects and nonprofits. But there are a lot of pitfalls and we see projects come up short all of the time (which means no funds at all on Kickstarter). In this workshop, we’ll break down the four successful Kickstarter campaigns The Seattle Globalist used to raise over $16,000 for international reporting projects. We’ll share lessons learned, how we mapped out our strategy and the unexpected bumps along the way. Come with a project in mind and we’ll help you workshop everything from strategy to backer rewards to making a great project video. 


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