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A Writer's Journey: From Print Journalism to Online Video


Today’s journalists need to be more than good reporters and writers. They need to be adept at multimedia coverage, too. Starting journalists and even more experienced print reporters and still photographers are having to collaborate — if not produce themselves — short documentary video stories. While some decry this as the “death of print journalism,” others have embraced the medium of video as a way to expand and enhance coverage, and draw new audiences to important new stories.

Tonight’s talk will feature one such “early-adopter,” Sam Meddis, an award-winning investigative reporter, deputy managing editor and video team lead formerly with USA TODAY and now an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of Communications. Meddis will talk about his own journey and share his thoughts on what nonfiction writers, print reporters, and still photographers should think about as they explore telling stories through video.

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$10 if register/pay online by June 10. $20 at the door.
Free for Docs In Progress Docs Insiders* and Writer’s Center members.
Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended.

*Docs Insiders is a membership program within Docs In Progress. For a $95 annual fee Docs Insiders get preferred rates on workshops and classes and are eligible to apply for the Docs In Progress Fiscal Sponsorship Program. For preferred rates, please note that Docs Insiders membership is non-transferable. For more on how to join the Docs Insiders program, click here.

After graduating from Rutgers College with a degree in English literature and few prospects for earning a living writing poetry, Saverio “Sam” Meddis landed his first reporting job in 1971 at The Courier-News in New Jersey. Eleven years later, with a public service award from Investigative Reporters & Editors under his belt, he joined USA TODAY where he covered the Justice Department and the CIA. There his reporting won a number of awards, including: a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, a Unity Award for Investigative Reporting from Lincoln University’s Department of Journalism and a Champion of Justice award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

By 1995, Sam became convinced that the future of journalism was online and talked himself into a job at the newspaper’s fledgling dotcom side, what is now He eventually became the video team lead of USA TODAY, where he oversaw an award-winning group of video journalists and helped to develop a digital video strategy focused on expanding production and spreading visual-storytelling skills across the newsroom. After retiring from USA TODAY in 2012, Sam now teaches at American University’s School of Communication.

The Writer’s Center
Reading Room
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

The Writer’s Center is located in downtown Bethesda, just off Wisconsin Avenue.

Driving Directions From Washington DC: North on Wisconsin Avenue.  Walsh Street is   the second right off of Wisconsin north of Bradley Boulevard (Lane).

Driving Directions from the Beltway: Exit 34 (Wisconsin Avenue) South towards Bethesda.  Cross East-West Highway (Route 410). Five blocks later, turn left on Leland. Turn right into parking lot, and drive to the far side of the lot.

Parking: Public parking is available directly across the street from The Writer’s Center in a county parking lot. The coin-operated meters in this lot are effective Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM and are highly enforced, so bring your silver. Short-term (4 hours or less) is $1.00/hour and long-term (more than 4 hours) is $.75/hour. For more information on other parking options nearby, visit Bethesda Urban Partnership’s site.

Directions By Metro: Take the Red Line to the Bethesda stop, exit via the elevator, turn right (south) along Wisconsin Avenue. Cross Wisconsin (east side) when convenient. Walsh Street is less than a 10-minute walk on the left.


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