From the Guild, a free chance to learn how to edit digital video


 In the next couple of months, the Guild will have an opportunity to offer members intensive three-day training sessions in digital video editing at no cost. But before we do, we need to have some idea of how much interest there is in such training sessions.

Everybody knows the news business is changing. Many of us will need to learn new ways to tell stories. Video is a tool for story-telling that can either enhance or replace text on the web. Learning how to use it, or expanding the skills you already have, might save your career in our rapidly changing business. Or, it could open new doors.

The Guild's parent union, the Communications Workers of America, has designed a three-day course on Final Cut Pro 7, Avid Media Composer 4 and several other digital editing offerings. All equipment and software will be provided. Such training could cost up to $1200. For Guild members in good standing, however, it would be free.

If we offer the training sessions, they are likely to be in May in New York. We’re also planning to see if any employers are interested in offering the training at their facilities and on work time. If your employer agrees to do that, we’ll let you know.

But to get started, we need to know if this is something members want. To help us get a sense of how much interest there is for this, please take our quick, confidential survey. The survey will close on April 29.


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