Mind the gap: Storytelling refresher

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Oct 27th at 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM




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There is a rift between how journalists think of digital storytelling and how it's happening organically between people when they have stories to tell each other.

The goal of the session is to bring the two closer together, by blending the ethics and expertise of journalistic storytelling with the 'real-life' storytelling happening in closed groups and private conversations online, or even out in the open in hugely popular Twitter threads for example.

Building a more relatable voice for media, NGOs, and change-makers will help them better connect with the public.

At the start of the session, attendees will recount a real story one of their friends told them recently, or they told to one of their friends, online. We will focus on the language used, the visuals, and the pace of the story.

Facilitators will then do an introduction to forms of non-fiction digital storytelling going beyond the inverted pyramid, and the free tools available to build such stories. We will also look at storytelling outside the media, finding out how people tell their own stories online.

Next, we will work in groups. Each group will have an audience profile in mind to sketch how we might tell them a story.

This is a Learning Forum session.

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