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CNN Academy Virtual Summer Camp

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Multiplatform storytelling with CNN

More than forty years ago, CNN reinvented modern journalism. Now you can benefit from decades of experience and innovation from the global leader in news.

Through online workshops and webinar sessions with CNN Academy trainers, you will learn about approaches to storytelling, verification techniques and how to produce content for multiple platforms. With access to the CNN Academy Hub e-learning platform, you will work on producing your own multiplatform content. You’ll pitch a story idea, get it approved by CNN journalists, shoot, and edit the story with guidance and present it at the end of the program.

Featuring live seminars with CNN journalists, feedback sessions with editors and producers plus interactive modules, this course will build your knowledge, skills, and experience in telling and presenting compelling stories. 

What we’ll cover

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The course runs online from 5 - 13 July 2021. You will join live sessions with CNN Academy instructors each day and will complete a series of practical projects outside of these timetabled sessions.

The course content includes:

  • Finding, pitching, and crafting your story.
  • Search engine optimisation.
  • Types of multiplatform story telling.
  • Verifying, confirming, and reporting breaking news.
  • Writing for TV news.

You’ll complete an assessed project based on your own story gathering throughout the course. All participants who complete the assessment will be awarded a certificate from the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of other enrichment activities as part of the University of Nottingham Malaysia International Summer School Programme.

The live sessions with instructors take place Monday to Friday from 4 – 8pm (GMT+8). 

Who should attend?

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This course is open to our current and future students, and to aspiring professionals who are looking to build their knowledge, skills and experience in communicating ideas. You might be thinking about a career in or already be working within one of the following fields:

  • Journalism
  • Marketing and communications
  • Politics, lobbying and diplomacy
  • Public relations


Your expert tutors

Allen Shum 

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Allen Shum is Director of Affiliate Training and Consulting, based at the network’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. A journalist with CNN for more than two decades, Shum is responsible for sharing CNN standards and best practices with the network’s affiliate partners in the Asia-Pacific region through training and workshops. He also played a key role in staff training and the launch of high profile CNN branded channels CNN Philippines in 2016 and CNN Indonesia in 2015.  

Prior to this current role, Shum was based in the newsroom as a Senior Supervising Producer, overseeing up to 7 hours of daily live news programs produced from Hong Kong. During this time, Shum also managed CNN’s features content and sponsored shows. Shum is originally from Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.



Alireza Haji Hosseini is the former Executive Producer of Connect the World with Becky Anderson. Alireza’s experience includes producing high-profile interviews, live breaking news programming and long-form content. Currently based in Dublin, Alireza is a consulting producer for Connect the World with Becky Anderson and teaches The Newsroom graduate module at University College Dublin’s Clinton Institute.

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Book your place

The fee for this course is RM5,500 which covers attendance at the two-week course, access to CNN resources, transcript and certificate, a welcome pack and all course materials.

Register here

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