Community Engagement Supports and Strengthens First Person Storytelling
January 28 2014
Catherine Stifter, senior producer of Capital Public Radio’s multimedia documentary series, The View From Here, reflects on lessons learned during the production of Class Dismissed, a 2013 California Health Journalism Fellowship project that used deep community engagement strategies to tell the stories of at-risk students and their families and communities.
‘Social good’ games can do so much — from teaching players about issues such as poverty, civic participation and the environment, to helping them become creative problem solvers or make healthy choices.
Q&A: Andrew Golis on Matching Great Journalism with Big Audiences (And, Oh Yeah, Dollars)
January 27 2014
“The public media world to me is simultaneously the most exciting and the most challenging space,” says Andrew Golis, now general manager at The Wire (formerly of Talking Points Memo, Yahoo, Frontline, and The Atlantic) in this interview with the Nieman Journalism Lab’s Caroline O’Donovan. Golis shares his thoughts on how to build a strong […]
BuzzFeed profiles Nathan Jurgenson, a 31-year-old sociologist recently hired by SnapChat. Jurgenson is most well known for arguing against the concept of “digital dualism” which situates the digital world as “virtual” and the physical world as “real.”
How do philanthropy and Shark Tank intersect? Ruth Levine points out all the ways in this post on the Hewlett Foundation blog. Like foundations, investors must use complex decision-making to determine which projects will best suit their interests. But what if the reality show focused on social values in addition to—of instead of—commercial ones?
The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You
January 21 2014
Positivity and emotional arousal make stories go viral, reports Maria Konnikova in this New Yorker piece, but the quality of the story still matters: “Some cat lists are better than others, and some descriptions of crying teen-agers are more immediately poignant; the best underlying story, regardless of its trappings, will come out on top.”
What’s So Special About Storytelling for Social Change?
January 21, 2014
“We need new narratives that connect with peoples’ deepest motivations and promote more radical action,” says Simon Hodges in this Open Democracy piece on storytelling for social change. Here, he discusses the elements of storytelling that can be used to effectively address social justice issues.
Funded by: the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fledging Fund, Sundance Institute
January 19, 2014 | Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fledging Fund, Sundance Institute | Produced by Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo | Children and Youth, Economic Justice | Documentary Film
This documentary film tells the story of three youth growing up in Rich Hill, Missouri. Seventy miles south of Kansas City, fifteen miles east of the Kansas border. Once a thriving mining town, shortly after World War II, the coal was gone – mined out. Stores closed, people moved away, farms were sold. It’s a […]
Funded by: Pershing Square Foundation, JustFilms, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Tribeca Film Institute, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Sundance Institute, Candescent Films, Impact Partners
January 18, 2014 | Funded by Pershing Square Foundation, JustFilms, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Tribeca Film Institute, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Sundance Institute, Candescent Films, Impact Partners | Produced by Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman, Marilyn Ness | Crisis Response, Human Rights, Justice | Documentary Film
This documentary follows the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group.