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Four new Cardiff hyperlocal websites

Here’s news about four new Cardiff local websites I’ve just started developing…


I’ve been running two hyperlocal websites in north Wales for a couple of years now.

I started writing about growing up in Abergele online in 2001. Then a Cardiff local blogging explosion in 2010 inspired me to take things up a notch and move the site to wordpress  at I’ve been so pleased with how this site has turned out, thanks largely to our contributing editors David Huges with 63 posts, Dennis Parr with 14, Nigel Hinton with 8 and John Bowman with 3.

My second site is a Welsh-language one all about my birthplace Colwyn Bay. has been a project which has enabled me to pilot proofs of concepts in the Welsh language. This is really important to me as there are 50+ papurau bro (community newspapers) in print form, and this fantastic volunteer-led energy needs the tools to be able to migrate online too.

Over the last few months, I’ve started developing four new sites about areas of north Cardiff where I now live: Llandaf, Llandaff North, Fairwater and Radyr.

I’ve just done what I suggest to anyone who’s setting up a new local blog. I’ve let OpenlyLocal, the Centre for Community Journalism and the Media Trust’s Local360Network know about their existence.

The hardest thing now is going to be finding the time to maintain the links to develop these sites.




News from CDS of Digitalstorytelling conference in Ankara, May 2013

Here’s an exciting announcement from the Center for Digital Storytelling about CREATE, ACT, CHANGE: 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition. 8-10 May, Ankara, Turkey.

The venue is Beytepe (Tunçalp Özgen) Conference Center, Beytepe Campus, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Communication, in Ankara, Turkey.

There’s a call for speakers, papers, digital stories for screening and exhibitors on the conference website.

The submission deadline for 400-500 word abstracts and stories for screening consideration is 15 February 2013.

Deadline for full paper submission for peer reviewed publication is 30 June 2013. Full papers should be between 5000-7000 words including bibliography and your paper can be either in English or Turkish.

Conference registration will open soon and it will cost between Euros 80-150

The draft programme is available here.

People who’ve been to this events in the past have told me what a well-organised and interesting conference this is. Well worth the trip to Turkey and a chance to visit Ankara and hear all about the latest developments in the digital storytelling world.

Digital Storytelling Pod Ep02-Tamales and Stories with Cheryl Colan

This is the second episode of the audio podcast for digital storytellers: Digital Storytelling Pod with Gareth Morlais. (See ep01 too).

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Cheryl Colan is a digital storyteller and trainer from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. I recorded this interview with Cheryl in Cardiff, Wales, July 2011. She was in the UK leading a Digital Storytelling summer school with Study Abroad Britain. She’s led digital training groups to Australia and her motto is Trust Your Story.

Shownotes: links
Cheryl Colan –
Shelley Rodrigo –
Jim Groom –
About Tamales (Mexican food)
Creative Commons –
DS106 – This is open online digital storytelling course that began at the University of Mary Washington and now thrives as a community of international learners.

There’s more about Cheryl in this Aberth Digital Storytelling Blog post.

The audio is released under Creative Commons license:
Creative Commons Licence
Digital Storytelling Pod Ep01 by Gareth Morlais is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

DS7 digital storytelling festival ticketing and speakers announced

The main speakers and registration details for the DS7 Digital Storytelling Festival 2012 have just been officially announced.

DS7 will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, on the 7th of June 2012.
Tickets for the day cost £40, available from the DS7 website. Here are the details from the mail-out from Karen Lewis of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of Glamorgan, who are hosting this year’s festival. This year’s speakers include:

Annie Correal of the Cowbird storytelling community

Natasha Armstrong of the Historypin mapping-meets-storytelling project

Patrizia Braga and Steve Bellis of pan-European digital storytelling partnership DeTales

Alyson Fielding of the Tower of London Project.

Members of Project ASPECT will share stories of climate change

Keep an eye on the DS7 blog for more information and sessions as they are confirmed:

Here are the details in Welsh. Dyma’r manylion Cymraeg

DS7 logoGwyl Straeon Digidol DS7 (Chapter, Caerdydd, 7fed Mehefin 2012)

Mae’r Ŵyl Straeon Digidol DS7 eleni yn addo ysbrydoli, annog a dangos y posibiliadau cyffrous sydd ym maes straeon digidol heddiw.

Oes ydych yn gweithio mewn addysg, yn y gymuned neu yn artist, dyma eich cyfle i rannu profiadau, archwilio syniadau creadigol newydd, gweld y diweddaraf mewn datblygiadau technolegol, edrych ar esiamplau o’r ymarferiadau gorau yn y D.U. a’r byd ac mae’n gyfle i ddathlu pwysigrwydd straeon digidol.

Mae DS7 yn cyflwyno diwrnod llawn dop o siaradwyr i’ch ysbrydoli a sesiynau ar bob dim y gallwch feddwl amdano ac mae’n gyfle euraidd i ryngweithio gyda’r gymuned adrodd straeon digidol ar hyd Cymru, y D.U. a thu hwnt.

Eleni, mae DS7 yn symud o’i leoliad blynyddol yn nhre hardd Aberystwyth, ble y cafodd ei gynnal am y chwe mlynedd diwethaf. Ar Fehefin y 7fed 2012, mi fydd yr Wyl yn cael ei gynnal yng Nghanolfan Celfyddydau Chapter, Caerdydd. Ni allwn gynnig y lleoliad hyfryd ar arfordir Cymru yr ydym wedi profi dros y chwe mlynedd diwethaf, ond rydym yn hyderus o barhau yn nhraddodiad yr Ŵyl – ymgynnull grŵp o bobl amrywiol sydd â diddordeb mewn straeon digidol yn eu cyfanrwydd at ei gilydd.

Er bod yr Ŵyl yn cael ei chynnal yng Nghymru, mae’n ymestyn at gynulleidfaoedd ar draws y DU, a’r byd. O achos hyn, Saesneg yw iaith nifer helaeth o’r cyfranogwyr a’r gynulleidfa a dyma yw prif iaith yr Ŵyl.

Tocyn £40 gan gynnwys bwyd a lluniaeth. Cysylltwch gyda am ffurflen archebu.
Am fanylion pellach ar yr Ŵyl ynghyd a gwybodaeth ar y sesiynau, ewch i flog DS7:

New local TV station in Wales wants your films and digital stories

Today – 31 January 2012 – 3VTV is launched. It’s a local internet-based TV channel for the three valleys that make up Blaenau Gwent in south Wales, UK.

On the website there are videos made by 3VTV themselves as well as from partner organisations like Breaking Barriers Community Arts, Made in Tredegar, etc.

Viewers are invited to upload or suggest embed links to their own films.

I especially like the navigation of films by map. That’s after all what local and hyperlocal are all about.

To keep up to date with developments you can follow @3VTV on Twitter.

Here’s a taste of the output. It’s a video called Pins and Things about a mother and daughter – Zoe and Jay – who run a haberdashery shop in Ebbw Vale.

Please help to spread the word about 3VTV because it’s great to see a new local TV channel like this launching.

Learn how to shoot for the web and edit video archive mashups

Welsh media trainers Cyfle have two tantalising training courses which are open for registration now:

1. Archive Mashup
Learn how to mix diverse archive video clips and sounds.
A part-time course beginning 26 March 2012

2. Shooting for the web
Learn how to plan, script, shoot, edit and upload footage specifically for the web and mobile devices. Using Sony EX3 cameras, the trainer is Simon Walker. A three-day course from 12-14 March 2012

For details of course fees, application and selection process, go to Cyfle’s website. The courses are held in Wales.

Using your mobile phone as a digital storytelling tool

My friend Bethan is planning a workshop to train artists and business people in using their mobile phones to tell stories about the work they do and she asked me for some ideas. I had a chat and then sent her these four links and I thought I’d share them with you here too:

Vlog tutorial This short video tutorial is from one of the pioneering video blogging sites.

Great tips from the Video Nation archive.

Citizen media network Witness Video Advocacy offers craft and safety tips here.

The old BBC Scotland digital storytelling project Highland Lives offered this valuable PDF document with useful tips on planning your shoot and advice about getting good sound.

Designing a New Media Forest of Japan

The whole world remembers the 3.11 March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Japanese participatory media research group MELL Platz is conducting a public research seminar on 10 December 2011 at the Tohoku University in Sendai, in the area which was so badly affected by the tragic events.

It’s called “Designing A New Media Forest of Japan: From Civic Generated Narratives and Memories of Post 3.11.”

The event begins with a workshop for participants to share their narratives and memories of the 3.11 east Japan great disaster.
This is followed by a panel discussion about the future media ecosystem (the Media Forest) of Japan after 3.11.

On the platform will be Kenji Kai (Sendai Mediateque), Martin Fackler (New York Times), Shin Mizukoshi (Univ. of Tokyo). Chairing the session will be Kuniko Sakata (Tohoku Univ.) and Kiyoko Toriumi (Univ. of Tokyo).
There’s more information on the MELL Platz website.
via @shinkeugri

Read also about some of the innovative projects of the “Media Exprimo” Shin Mizukoshi group.

From Truprint to Facebook

Up until the 1990s, passing round a Truprint envelope full of 6″ x 4″ photographic prints was the norm; nowadays we publish our own online and ‘Like’ our friends’ photos on Facebook. Increasingly, that’s how we pass round our snapshots.

This is a great moment to capture that change in the way we share our personal photos.

From Snapshots to Social Media – The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography” is a new book by Risto Sarvas and David Frohlich from University of Surrey. David has a fascinating history in Digital Storytelling as the pioneer of Audio Photography and one of the people behind the StoryBank digital storytelling sharing project in India.

The book tracks the snapshot from darkroom to home printer and, although it’s more of an academic read than a light and general guide, it should make a great addition to the book collection of anyone interested in home photography.

From Snapshots to Social Media - The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography
From Snapshots to Social Media – The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography

Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 31 March 2011

Seven articles about helping participants capture their story in digital storytelling

The person who’s taught me more than anyone about helping people find their story is Gilly Adams. She was the main story facilitator of BBC Capture Wales and she shaped the Story Circle day so it was a close a fit as possible for the digital storyteller in Wales.

At DS3  in 2008, Gilly spoke in her keynote of the gift culture of digital storytelling “…where no money changes hands but the currency is the generosity of grace in sharing stories”. The person who hears the story gains two benefits:
1. they get a unique glimpse into the heart of the teller
2. they can often say: “hey, that’s about me!” and they get to reflect on that revelation.
An example of generosity Gilly gave was that of someone who comes to a DST workshop with a story in mind but, having heard the stories other people tell, they sometimes change their mind and say: “Actually, I want to tell you this…”.

Here are three links to articles written by Gilly for BBC Capture Wales guides: 1. Finding the Story; 2. Getting the Story Down on Paper; 3. Refining and Completing the Story

One of the funnest, quickest and most surprising story games Gilly introduced us to was The Match Game. I don’t know whether or not Gilly ever ‘wrote up’ the game, but here’s a link to my interpretation of her Match Game.

Another person who learned a lot from Gilly is Barrie Stevenson of Telling Lives. He has some useful guidance in Barrie’s freely-downloadable PDF which he wrote for BBC Raw.

On his blog, Barrie also recommends the first two chapters of KQED’s digital storytelling guide.

If you’d like to add your own suggestions, please use the comments below. I’m actually writing this post in response to  a comment by Becky Blab asking me to elaborate on step three of these six steps to sustainable digital storytelling project.

moving stories photo
Photo by Het Nieuwe Instituut

Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 15 February 2011. Because of the age of this article, not all of the links still work. But I’ve left them here so you can search on the Wayback Machine.