Award-winning Photojournalist, Multimedia Producer & Teacher
From the campaign trail, to Afghanistan, to the classroom...
Bethany covered a wide variety of stories during her decade as a photojournalist for CNN. Swain was a versatile member of the Washington Bureau, and one of the women that made up only 5% of CNN’s domestic photojournalists team.
Before leaving CNN to teach Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia at University of Maryland and enter the freelance world, Bethany launched the award-winning “In Focus” series, which is a multimedia collection of natural sound stories crafted by fellow CNN photojournalists. She also created #FamilySolutions, an award winning series with CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester that focuses on issues impacting parents and families.
As an award winning video photojournalist and multimedia producer with a passion for natural sound packages, compelling characters and teaching, Bethany has a track record for creating innovative and powerful journalism projects.
A Mentor to Many
In her premiere visual storytelling capstone course, ViewFinder, Bethany has overseen and nurtured the growth and success of dozens of students. Those she has taught over the years have collectively went on to win more than a dozen student Emmys, numerous SPJ, NPPA and WHNPA awards, and several other nationally acclaimed accolades for the work they produced under her guidance.
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