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Award-winning TV journalist to discuss power of storytelling

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An award-winning TV journalist will focus his public presentation on visual storytelling when he visits Penn State's University Park campus in early October.

Joe Little, director of storytelling at KNSD-TV in San Diego and an award-winning multimedia journalist, will deliver a lecture titled “Making Your Mark In Media Through Creative Storytelling” at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 7 in 10 Sparks Building.

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Little’s work in multimedia journalism has earned 12 Emmy Awards and a finalist position for the Photojournalism Award for Reporting in 2017 from the National Press Photographers Association. A graduate of George Mason University with a master's degree from Syracuse University, Little began his TV career in central Pennsylvania and now travels the country to teach strategies for effective storytelling, time management and on-camera performances.

With the mantra, “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it,” Little has covered stories in locations as far as Pakistan and ventured on cross-country road trips in the United States to tell creative stories as a journalist and TV anchor.

Little also has been recognized for his coverage following the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001. As one of the first on the scene, Little’s experiences in reporting the historic event have been cited in journalism textbooks and the book “Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report on 9/11.”

In 2013, Little began his work as a faculty member at the annual NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma, and has worked with students from all around the world. He is serving as the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Visiting Professional with his visit to Penn State and the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

Last Updated June 02, 2021