Mountain Workshops
Application Form

Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky

October 23 - 27, 2018

Applications may be submitted at any time, however we will not begin the acceptance process until July 1, 2018. We will offer acceptance emails in the order of the application.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Mountain Workshops. The Mountain will take place Oct. 23 – 27 in Mt. Sterling, Ky. You should plan to be on site by 8:00 am on Oct 23 and we will end at midnight on Oct. 27 so plan your travel accordingly. There are specific details about each of the five workshops we offer on our “Workshops” tab in the menu. Please be sure to visit the workshop description of your choosing to see all of the details for that workshop and application requirements. There is also a Q&A area with frequently asked questions.

To be considered for acceptance, interested applicants must fill out the online application to start the process to be considered. Once you have been accepted, you will be notified by email and further information will be sent to you for making your payment and securing your seat in your workshop. These workshops can and do sell out. Your seat is not confirmed until you make your payment. Registration and acceptance alone does not guarantee a seat.


This is how your name will appear on all Mountain Workshops related credits. Please enter ONLY the name you wish to see as your byline.


Please list the city you currently work or attend school in and your current mailing address.


Please list the city, state and country you wish to be identified with in the
Mountain Workshops credit page.

Primary Contact

This email is our primary source of contact with you for all workshop information once you have been accepted.

Guaranteed Seating

By checking this box, I agree that I understand that completing this application does not guarantee me a seat in my preferred workshop. The application is for approval to attend only. Acceptance and follow-up emails of payment instructions will usually arrive in your email in 2-4 days. A completed payment is the only way to guarantee your seat. It is possible for you to be accepted but the workshop sells out before you make your payment. We submit acceptance letters and payment instructions in the order they are received on our application page.

Code of Conduct

The Mountain Workshops does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, faculty, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, members of the host community and participants.

If you have experienced an incident of gender-based or sexual harassment, domestic or interpersonal violence, sexual assault, abuse of power or any sexual misconduct while attending the Mountain Workshops, we ask that you promptly report the incident to the director of the Mountain Workshops either verbally or by email at

You can also file a report of the incident here. If you file the report anonymously, the case is not subject to the Title IX process, but the director may conduct an investigation to remedy the situation. The complaint will be treated in a confidential manner and any concerns raised will be immediately addressed. The safety of all our participants, coaches, staff, vendors and our host community is of the utmost priority. For more details about our code of conduct, please visit our policies and FAQs page under each workshop description.

Portfolio and Résumé

Acceptance into the workshops will be based on various factors, including your portfolio and résumé. We remind you to be sure to read what is required for each individual workshop under the “Workshops” tab.

  • For the Photojournalism and Time-lapse workshops, you are required to present a portfolio of at least 10 images that represents an example of your current work.
  • For Video Storytelling participants, you are required to present a portfolio consisting of at least two projects that represent your current work. You must be proficient in editing software and basic video DSLR camera use.
  • For Picture Editing or Data Visualization participants, you are required to express an interest in journalistic storytelling and a desire to learn. There is no portfolio requirement, however a link to your photography/design work is always helpful in determining our selection.

Cancellation Policy

  • If notified by August 31, full refund minus $100
  • If notified by October 1, full refund minus $200
  • We cannot offer any refund if notified after 12:01 a.m., October 2

Make sure you refer to our policies page under the “Workshops” tab in the menu for the full details.

Copyright and Archives Agreement

In order to preserve the longevity of the Mountain Workshops content, and to realize the importance of this collection of images, stories and videos about the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have partnered with WKU Archives to manage and archive your edited work from this week.

  • You keep your own copyright of everything you collect.
  • The Mountain Workshops may use content or your likeness to promote the workshops.
  • The WKU Archives is accessible to WKU faculty, students and staff for research only.
  • If an interested party wishes to use an item beyond research, the WKU Archives can sell the content but you will be contacted first.
  • If you want to sell the image yourself, WKU Archives will provide you with a contact of the interested party.
  • After 25 years from the date on this contract, or at the time of your death, WKU will own all rights to your collection unless you specify differently in writing.

I retain the copyright to my own work obtained during the Mountain Workshops and I agree to allow the Mountain Workshops to use my photographs, video, audio, words, design or interactive graphics and all other materials, as well as my likeness taken during the workshops, without compensation, for promotional products such as websites, social media, broadcast dissemination, books, multimedia, digital distribution and exhibits related to the Mountain Workshops or Western Kentucky University’s promotion of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and its associated events.


I own the personal property and original art gathered at the Mountain Workshops and desire to give said personal property to the WKU Archives. As copyright holder I do hereby give and transfer to the WKU Archives the full use and limited rights, title and interests, including limited copyright, trademark and related interests, in and to the described property for educational use by WKU students, faculty and staff. I do hereby agree to inform WKU Archives of changes in my contact information. After a period of 25 years from this date or upon my death, I hereby grant that all rights will irrevocably and unconditionally transfer to WKU Archives unless requested otherwise by written communication to WKU Archives.

WKU Archives will digitally store and have available for academic research by WKU faculty, staff and students, the photojournalism participant's final edit as well as the video storytelling participant's final published video. You will be notified via email (your registration email) for any request for use other than research. You will have an option to approve or deny the request. If you deny, WKU Archives will make available to you the requesting party's contact information and it becomes your responsibility to pursue the business exchange. If you approve the request, WKU Archives will make arrangements for the sale and collect all monetary gains from the sale. You are required to keep your contact current with WKU Archives by communicating with WKU Archives at 270-745-4793 or