Avoid less-than-perfect voice recordings – number 3 of 7 DS no-nos

Get your voice-recording done with a high-quality unit in a quiet room with natural acousics (neither boxy nor echoey), unless there’s an overriding reason to the contrary (e.g. you’re working with an archive recording or in an inescapably noisy environment). As I’ve said here before, the best digital stories can work as radio pieces, so aim for top radio quality when you record.

Simon Collinge

Simon Collinge has been a pioneer and a champion of Digital Storytelling in Wales for the past seven years and he’s leaving Yale College Wrexham this week to go freelance.

Sometimes, when you’re setting something new up, you need someone high up who ‘gets’ it, who says ‘yes’ and covers your back when change threatens your very existence. That’s what Simon’s been so good at doing in Wrexham. He’s recruited some top Digital Storytelling facilitators and supported their growth and the growth of their project to the impressive point where the Yale Centre for Digital Storytelling is today.

I can’t make it to the farewell party tomorrow but I know it’ll be a good one. He tells me he intends to play an even more active part in Digital Storytelling in Wales now he’s leaving this post. So I’ll lift a glass here in Cardiff to toast Simon Collinge’s freelance future.

From Copenhagen to Wrexham via Jamaica

Joe Lambert of the Center for Digital Storytelling has written with news of workshops he’s holding in Copenhagen this summer and of exciting plans to establish a European Center for Digital in conjunction with Copehagen Business School.

Joe’s team will be joined for the workshops by guest trainers Lisa Heledd Jones (BBC Wales and George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling) and Barrie Stephenson of digistories.co.uk. There are details of the workshops here.

Next: knife crime is a problem in some British cities. I think community leaders may take inspiration from Mervin Jarman’s story. He’s just been awarded the Stockholm Challenge Trophy. He’s set up a digilab where people can come to make digital stories inside a 40-foot converted shipping container in Palmers Cross, Jamaica.
“The primary target group is what I refer to now as the hardest to reach. This is what we call the bad boys. Di ones who nuh have no value; the ones dem that fit for dumping. And that’s probably because that’s what I was characterised as,” Jarman says. Story from the Jamaica Gleaner.

Finally, I was delighted to hear that the Yale Centre for Digital Storytelling in Wrexham, north-east Wales is one of the 28 beneficiaries of a grant totalling £5.2million for rural development. The Yale team will work with people to reflect rural stories. Congratulations to the team at Yale; it’s great to hear such good news. Story from the Daily Post.