Digital storytelling workshop to start 2018

The impressive library hosts the workshop

For the first major project of 2018 I was pleased to be invited to a StoryLab event run by The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation . The event was part of a wider programme for experienced journalists and academic researchers who are interested in similar security-related topics. The event gave them the opportunity to work together – to learn from each other, to share skills, expertise, resources and contacts.

The organisers say:

The programme will support journalists to collaborate with researchers to uncover emerging threats in specific communities, countries or regions worldwide, and produce stories that reach a wide audience.

The group was hosted at the impressive Wiston House in West Sussex and worked through a series of workshops on different approaches to their reporting. My involvement was to introduce ideas around digital storytelling and run a hands-on workshop where the group could create story elements including maps, timelines, charts and interactive photography.

It was a lot of fun and it will be interesting to see how the collaborations deploy their newly acquired skills for the final work they will pitch for the programme.

In advance of the session I researched some great storytelling examples – with more than a little help from my Facebook friends who  recommended some of them.

I settled on these seven as examples where the techniques used are all very different and cover a variety of countries. I share the list here as they are all worthy of further exposure. I hope you enjoy them too.




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