Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism
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Notes and tools related to learning and practicing storytelling through a variety of mediums; journalism, photography and writing in the digital age
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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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Interesting story from the NY Times:  "The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative. [...] Children who know a lot about their families tend to do better when they face challenges."

 

"Examples [...]: Do you know where your grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom and dad went to high school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something really terrible that happened in your family? Do you know the story of your birth?"

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What Good Can A Photo Do? Tank Man, Napalm Girl, Final Embrace... - Curious Animal Magazine

What Good Can A Photo Do? Tank Man, Napalm Girl, Final Embrace... - Curious Animal Magazine | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Photographers Nick Ut, Arko Datta, Jeff Widener and more on the iconic photos - Napalm Girl, Tank Man, Burning Man… - that changed the world
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The words are important . . . but the image is crucial.

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SF Chronicle's Batkid and Matt Cain photo: How Michael Macor shot it

SF Chronicle's Batkid and Matt Cain photo: How Michael Macor shot it | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Readers often ask how our photographers get such amazing images for The Chronicle. [...] we thought it would be interesting to describe the ordeal staffer Michael Macor went through on the Giants' Opening Day Tuesday when he captured the photograph of Matt Cain walking the Batkid, Miles Scott, out to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Macor scrambled for the upper levels of the stadium, sprinting from level to level to seek the best spot from which to shoot. "The Batmobile pulls up, door opens, Batman gets out with Batkid, who raises his arm in the air," Macor said. Macor shot the first pitch then started to download his images to transmit to the photo desk at The Chronicle.
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Be sure and check out the slideshow that shows the images (of many) that were shot and discarded in order to get the "money shot": Matt Cain hand-in-hand with the Batkid to throw out the first pitch on the Giants' opening day.

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The Art of Immersion - Henry Jenkins interviews Frank Rose

The Art of Immersion - Henry Jenkins interviews Frank Rose | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Frank Rose's The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories

Via Thea Kučerová
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Frank Rose explores changes in the process of storytelling . . . across platforms (transmedia, crossmedia) and the goal (deep media):

"To me it's mainly a question of emphasis. Are we focusing on the process or the goal? Transmedia, or crossmedia, puts the emphasis on a new process of storytelling: How do you tell a story across a variety of different media? Deep media puts the focus on the goal: To enable members of the audience (for want of a better term) to delve into a story at any level of depth they like, to immerse themselves in it."

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Digital Storytelling Cookbook PDF -- Required textbook for MS 320-DMP-s2014

Digital Storytelling Cookbook PDF -- Required textbook for MS 320-DMP-s2014 | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
In all communities, in all cultures, stories evolve from the culinary
experience.
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REQUIRED TEXTBOOK for MS 320: Digital Media Production, Spring 2014: The Digital Storytelling Cookbook.  PDF format, $20.

Email me a copy of your receipt after you've purchased the Cookbook.

Dr. Higgins

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[Venue] Telling Stories Online: New Storytelling Tools and Venues

[Venue] Telling Stories Online: New Storytelling Tools and Venues | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Ever since "Snow Fall," media outlets have been redesigning their sites with crisp, uncluttered designs that have more in common with print magazines than the Web's garish Geocities beginnings.
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The article describes 3 storytelling tools: exposure.so, medium.com, and storehouse.co (app for iPad)

http://exposure.so

http://medium.com

http://storehouse.co

Here's another:

http://cowbird.com

 

In your opinion, what are the benefits and drawbacks with each of these venues?  What kinds of stories fits best with each?  Which would you prefer to work with?  And, as always: what leads you to the conclusions you've stated?

 

How do these venues compare to others -- such as Flickr, Tumblr/WordPress/Blogger, etc.?

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[Venue] Exposure.so - Create Photo Narratives

[Venue] Exposure.so - Create Photo Narratives | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Exposure enables photographers to easily tell vibrant stories with their photos. Assemble a more complete narrative than you could with a feed or lonely photo on a permalink page.
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Great tool for storytellers -- Exposure.so

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[Example] The Center for Digital Storytelling

[Example] The Center for Digital Storytelling | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Center for Digital Storytelling (www.storycenter.org) surfaces authentic voices around the world through group process and participatory media creation. Our ...
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This is the YouTube channel for the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley -- the start of digital storytelling as it's known around the world

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[EXAMPLE] Multimedia and Photos - The New York Times

[EXAMPLE] Multimedia and Photos - The New York Times | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Find multimedia and interactive features including audio slide shows, photos, special reports and video on travel, politics, autos, movies, fashion, science and more.
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[Example] Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

[Example] Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Fresh powder beckoned 16 expert skiers and snowboarders into the backcountry. Then the snow gave way.
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The New York Times' fascinating 2012 exploration of multimedia storytelling.

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[Example] The City Exposed: Mike Kepka, San Francisco Chronicle multimedia storyteller -- on Vimeo

[Example] The City Exposed: Mike Kepka, San Francisco Chronicle multimedia storyteller -- on Vimeo | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it

Mike Kepka is the multimedia storyteller with the San Francisco Chronicle. His work is included in the videos from the Chronicle on Vimeo, with the title, "The City Exposed."

sfMediaProf's insight:

Mike Kepka's work is notable in the field of multimedia storytelling at the SF Chronicle. You'll find his work among the other videos posted by the Chronicle on Vimeo.  Look for "The City Exposed" to find Kepka's work.

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Inside Out Project

Inside Out Project | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it

A global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art

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Fascinating -- personal stories from everyday people

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Keeping a Moroccan Tradition Alive, One Tale at a Time - New York Times

Keeping a Moroccan Tradition Alive, One Tale at a Time - New York Times | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Storytellers still perform publicly in southern Morocco, but most fear that their generation may be the last.
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“Some people feel that television is very far away from them.  They prefer making contact – they prefer hearing live stories.”

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24 Long-Form Publishing Platforms Every Photographer Should Know — Vantage — Medium

24 Long-Form Publishing Platforms Every Photographer Should Know - Vantage - Medium
We’re hooked on storytelling, and these online products make your photo essays sing
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Here's a list of storytelling platforms that most people are probably not familiar with.  Students I've worked with have enjoyed Cowbird, Exposure, Medium, and Storehouse.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
sfMediaProf's insight:

Interesting ideas in this article. The writing process has parallels to Digital Storytelling, where an individual finds her/his personal story with help from a small group, the "Story Circle."  Each person re-writes their story several times, based on feedback from the group to a previous draft.

**Center for Digital Storytelling: http://www.storycenter.org

**Digital Stories from Cyprus: http://youtube.com/CyprusStories

**Personal Digital Stories from students at the University of San Francisco: http://youtube.com/StoryFires

 

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Photographer Janet Delaney documented changing face of SoMa

Photographer Janet Delaney documented changing face of SoMa | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it

S[...] she was a 26-year-old graduate student in photography, so she took her view camera and tripod to the scene at 1 a.m. and made a 10-minute exposure. Delaney was more interested in the surrounding community of lunch counter operators, studio artists and players in the gay subculture that roamed from the Ambush to the Stud to the Eagle. "The neighborhood was so undistinguished that there wasn't anything that identified it as a place," says Delaney, who shot in color, which was not yet in fashion for documentary work. By using a formal view camera, I was elevating the banal to bring out the importance of the people who lived and worked there. Waiting for 2 decadesThe SoMa project sat in her studio for nearly 20 years, while she raised two daughters and taught photography, eventually landing at the architectural school at UC Berkeley. [...] I said it to the right person. O'Toole came to a 2009 group show that included six of Delaney's prints, and was so impressed she helped Delaney put together a book dummy that was sold to the publishing house Michael Mack of London.

sfMediaProf's insight:

Fascinating images shot over the years: the changing face of a San Francisco neighborhood.

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The Protojournalist

The Protojournalist | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Very original reporting from Linton Weeks.
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From NPR: The ProtoJournalist is a news experiment, home to original reporting in a variety of storytelling forms.
The Protojournalist believes:

*Every story is part of a larger story.

*There is more than one way to tell a story.

*We should always explore new ways to tell stories.

*A story never ends.

Linton Weeks is The Protojournalist.

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[Venue] Cowbird · A witness to life.

A witness to life.
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Cowbird.com is another easy to use platform for telling stories

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[Venue] Storehouse app for iPad: visual storytelling

[Venue] Storehouse app for iPad: visual storytelling | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
Welcome to Storehouse, visual storytelling for the iPad. It’s the easiest way to create, share, and discover beautiful stories. Combine photos, videos, and text to meaningfully document your experiences.
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This storytelling aid is currently available only as an app for the iPad

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[Venue] Medium.com -- Storytellers have more fun.

[Venue] Medium.com -- Storytellers have more fun. | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
We all want to be interesting people. We want people to listen to us, to like us.
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MEDIUM.com is a new tool for storytellers, along with Exposure.so, Cowbird.com and the iPad app Storehouse.

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[Venue] Cowbird.com · A witness to life.

[Venue] Cowbird.com · A witness to life. | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
A witness to life.
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Cowbird is another easy to use storytelling platform.

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[Example] The City Exposed: Mike Kepka's multimedia storytelling blog in the SF Chronicle

[Example] The City Exposed: Mike Kepka's multimedia storytelling blog in the SF Chronicle | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
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[Example] Mike Kepka, Photographer - San Francisco Chronicle

[Example] Mike Kepka, Photographer - San Francisco Chronicle | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it

Mike Kepka has been a staff photographer for The San Francisco Chronicle since 1999. He is the creator and sole producer of an award-winning multimedia column called The City Exposed, which he photographs, writes and edits each week. In 2012, his multimedia work on a series called “The Caen Files” was nominated for a regional Emmy award. When not chasing after San Francisco's endless cast of characters, he can be found fronting a Bay Area rock back or corralling his three daughters.

sfMediaProf's insight:

Mike Kepka does amazing work in multimedia storytelling for the San Francisco Chronicle.  Check out his work on the SFchronicle website, and on Vimeo.

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[Example] Luanne Dietz, Photojournalist

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Luanne Dietz has some interesting multimedia stories on this site. She's the photo editor and a multimedia producer at the SF Chronicle. I particularly like her work on BatKid: http://vimeo.com/79541124

 

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Traditional Photographers Should Be Horrified By The Cover Of Today's New York Times

Traditional Photographers Should Be Horrified By The Cover Of Today's New York Times | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
iPhone + Instagram is all you need to take amazing pictures.
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The iPhone . . . and Instagram . . . all you need for photojournalism?

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Amanda Andrade-Rhoades's curator insight, January 21, 2014 1:04 PM

While it's good to adapt to new technology, it's important not to davalue the work of photojournalism. And this photo needs some work.

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Ira Glass ("This American Life") talks about storytelling in YouTube videos

Ira Glass ("This American Life") talks about storytelling in YouTube videos | Multimedia Storytelling & Journalism | Scoop.it
"StoryTelling", a playlist created by sfmediaprof
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Ira Glass, from "This American Life," talks about storytelling in this playlist on YouTube. 4 parts.

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