Photo: Kelly Lavelle

Photo: Kelly Lavelle

About:

Joshua Wiersma is a Freelance Videographer and Photographer based in Tacoma, Wash. 

Joshua's passion for visual storytelling began in high-school after helping a friend produce content for a technology YouTube channel. Ever since then, Joshua has honed his skills in corporate, creative, and documentary film through working on projects with a variety of clients. Some of these clients include PBS, The Doty Group, and The Greater Tacoma Convention Center, among others.

Currently, in addition to taking on freelance projects, Joshua has worked as a Media Coordinator for KBTC Public Television as well as a Video Production Assistant for the Pacific Lutheran University Marketing and Communications Department. 

Joshua studied Communication and Computer Science at Pacific Lutheran University and graduated magna cum laude in Spring of 2018. During his time at PLU, Joshua served as Director of Photography and Editor for the documentary mini-series A World of Difference, and he served as a Videographer and Assistant Editor for the award-winning environmental documentary Changing Currents: Protecting North America's Rivers

Joshua's formal resume can be viewed here.

Awards and accolades:

A World of Difference miniseries

Episode I. Immigration // El Paso, TX

  • Nominated for a 2018 College Division Emmy Award in the long form non-fiction category by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Finalist (Top 3) in the Best Documentary category from the Student World Awards.
  • Award of Merit in the Documentary Short, Documentary Program / Series, Original Score, and Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising categories from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Award of Recognition in the Use of Film / Video for Social Change and Title / Credit Design categories from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Honorable Mention from the Global Shorts Awards.

Episode II. Gender // Portland, OR

  • Special Mention from the Global Shorts Awards.

Episode III. Race // Sedalia, MO

  • Nominated for a 2018 College Division Emmy Award in the long form non-fiction category by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Award of Merit in the Documentary Short, Use of Film / Video for Social Change, Documentary Program / Series, Original Score, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising, and Editing categories from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Special Mention from the Global Shorts Awards.

Episode IV. Class // Richwood, WV

  • Semi-finalist (Top 7) in the Best Documentary category from the Student World Awards.
  • Special Mention from the Global Shorts Awards.

Changing Currents: Protecting North America's Rivers

  • Nominated for a 2017 College Division Emmy Award in the long-form documentary category by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • First Place Grand Prize Award in the long-form documentary category from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS-aeRho).
  • Award of Merit in the Documentary Short, Use of Film / Video for Social Change, Original Score, Editing, and Title/Credit Design categories from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Award of Merit Special Mention in the Nature / Environment / Wildlife category from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Mark of Excellence Finalist in the in-depth reporting category from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 10.

Pacific Lutheran University

  • 2018 School of Arts and Communication Student of the Year: Media, Mass Communication, and Journalism.