Digital Storytelling Tools


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Digital Storytelling Tools

  1. 1. Digital storytelling Steve Buttry Everyday Health June 8, 2012
  2. 2. Read more•••• @stevebuttry
  3. 3. Ask about each story• What are potential multimedia elements of your story?• How can you engage the community?• Can you tell the story live?• Can data provide depth, personal info?• What form will tell this story best?• What content should you curate?
  4. 4. Multimedia elements• Photos (individual photos, galleries, time lapse, audio slide shows, submitted, social, media, panoramic)• Videos (raw, edited, in story, webcam, webcast, security cameras, user-submitted, social media, link to video)• Animation (Flash, HTML5)• Audio (alone, w/ photos or videos)• Maps (database, interactive, story vehicle)
  5. 5. Engage the community• Crowdsource (investigations, features, events)• Collaborate w/ or curate blogs• Conversation on Twitter, Facebook• Polls• Contests• Hashtags• Sharing tools, ratings• Ask for photos, videos
  6. 6. Live reporting
  7. 7. Databases• Help users personalize story• Answer questions• Provide depth• Provide detail• Interactive• Data visualization
  8. 8. Alternate story form• List• Graphic novel• Timeline• Map• Graphic• Self-directed, not linear• Quiz
  9. 9. What is curation?Museum curator: Journalism curator:• Studies topic • Studies topic• Chooses relevant • Chooses relevant content (other content (social sources & museum media, blogs, staff) collection) • Authenticates• Authenticates • Groups related items• Groups related items • Provides context• Provides context • Presents collected• Presents exhibit content
  10. 10. NPR’s Andy Carvin“I think curation has always been apart of journalism; we just didnt call itthat.” – quoted in The Atlantic byPhoebe Connelly
  11. 11. Why to liveblog• Immediacy• News value• Storytelling• Traffic• Community engagement, loyalty• Interactivity• Saving time
  12. 12. Liveblogging tips• Short, frequent takes• Don’t transcribe; observe & report• Liveblog becomes notebook for story (or becomes the story)• Consider links, polls, photos, audio, video• Tweet links to liveblog & replay• OK to step away for question, video, etc.
  13. 13. Gathering content• Reporting notes • Web search• Shoot video • Social search (can• Shoot photos localize)• Record audio • Blog search• Acquire video, audio • Archival search• Acquire database • Invite submissions• Scrape data • What else?
  14. 14. Presenting story• Text • Timeline• Video • Graphic• Slideshow • Embed(s)• Photo gallery • Combination• Animation • What else?• Map(s)
  15. 15. Storytelling exercise• What are the elements used?• How was content gathered?• How was the story presented?• What skills were needed?• What could make the story better?• How might you use these tools, techniques on an upcoming story?
  16. 16. Some storytelling tools• Storify (curate social & Web content)• Intersect (time & place)• Maps (Google & Crowdmap)• Timelines (Timetoast & Dipity)• & Dataviz• What else?
  17. 17. Follow up• Send links of your digital stories• These tips, tools & examples:•• @stevebuttry