Tag: storytelling

by Amanda Lin Costa

While documentary films have come a long way since 2004 when Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 became the highest-grossing documentary of all time, paving the way for feature documentaries to carry box-office clout, they still have limited theatrical release and struggle to find homes on network television. Video on demand and streaming have increased documentaries’ exposure [...] more »

by Sue Schardt

My formidable cousin Connie loves to hunt. She’d been tracking a good-sized buck for some time out in the woods of her property in upstate New York when, she recounted to me recently, she caught up with him. She had him right in the sight of her Sako .243 rifle, finger on the trigger and, [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

When college students get a syllabus on the first day of class, they expect it to lay out exactly what will happen during the course: its goals, tasks and deadlines. Finding that they’re expected to deal with “flexibility,” “adaptability,” “rapid change,” and “making mistakes” might be unnerving. However, those are likely to be the characteristics [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The digital revolution has changed how we see our world and thus, it’s also changed how we tell the stories of our world. Over the course of the next week, MediaShift is looking at new forms of storytelling and how digital tools bolster that storytelling. We’re exploring at all kinds too, from film, to online, [...] more »

by Alex Park

That a story can give voice to a cause and incite a social movement is an old concept. But at a recent gathering of more than 100 documentary filmmakers, social entrepreneurs and designers, the real question was not whether stories can make change happen, but how to make storytelling a systemic part of how a [...] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Discovered on the Internet and known as a storyteller with a unique vision, writer and producer Daniel Knauf, best known as the creator of “CarnivĂ le” on HBO, has ditched Hollywood and struck out on his own to mine the field of transmedia. With a beta project made public called “Haunted,” Knauf’s new company, BXX, is [...] more »

by Alessandra Bajec

In the 18 days of Egypt’s uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011 and ended with the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak, thousands of Egyptians turned to their cell phones, digital cameras or social media sites to document the events as they were unfolding in Cairo and across the country. Tapping into this wealth [...] more »

by Jessica Clark

The following post is from Jessica Clark, who is the media strategist for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), which produced the Localore competition. From Fargo to Austin, and Boston to the Bay Area, 10 public stations across the country are now poised to ramp up their innovation capacity. They’ll be incubating projects led [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

An ideal pitch for a magazine story today would seem to require great possibilities for text and for multimedia. Freelance magazine writers, one would think, would be honing their multimedia skills so they could pitch well-rounded stories to editors who could feature them in print, on the web and on an iPad or mobile device. [...] more »

by Roland Legrand

Yes, journalists should learn how to program. No, not every journalist should learn it right now — just those who want to stay in the industry for another ten years. More seriously, programming skills and knowledge enable us traditional journalists to tell better and more engaging stories. Programming means going beyond learning some HTML. I [...] more »