PhotoEx Digital Narratives Lab - Apply Today!

Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3, 9:00 am - 6:00pm
Co-presented with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Applications due by Tuesday, March 31


The documentary landscape has been radically altered by massive cultural and technological shifts over the past decade – from the emergence of social media reporting and smartphonography to data journalism. Photographers and journalists are now faced with incredible new challenges and opportunities to shape visual storytelling for social impact. So while independent reporters are adopting emerging digital tools, news corporations and media startups are also moving strategically into interactive journalism, to produce more immersive and shareable stories.

The Photography, Expanded Lab is comprised of a panel presentation, followed by a two-day intensive workshop. The panel will examine a wide range of innovative approaches to documentary storytelling across digital media, while the workshop offers a deeper dive into the application of online and interactive strategies and tools for long-form documentary photography stories. Selected Columbia Journalism School students will join other selected participants - practicing photographers, journalists, designers, and engineers - to collaborate to develop new projects focused on social justice or human rights issues. 

Selected participants are required to attend both the evening panel on Tuesday, April 28 and the two-day lab on Saturday & Sunday, May 2 - 3.


  • Proposals are due by 5pm EST on Tuesday, March 31
  • Lab admission is free, however travel and accommodation will not be provided
Simone Salvo