• digital storytelling,  museums,  Wales

    Digital Stories Curator job

    University of Glamorgan is hiring a Knowledge Catalyst Employee to help ‘create a raft of digital stories for use in the context of the new Museum of Cardiff the Cardiff Story’. Closing date 30 July 2009. Only people who graduated in the last four years are apparently elligible. Here’s the text of the job ad as sent in the email I just received: “Application details, can be found at:  www.glam.ac.uk/jobs under ‘knowledge catalyst employee’ Knowledge Catalyst Employee Digital Stories Curator 1 year contract, c.£19,000 Deadline:  30 July 2009 Further details available from:  http://www.glam.ac.uk/jobsThis post is required to fulfill the conditions of an award by AHRC to support a Knowledge Catalyst research…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  media literacy,  museums,  timeless,  tips,  Wales

    Moving image archive meets personal story

    Here’s more about how we worked with people who had stories to tell about what the heritage of the Rhondda Valleys in Wales  means to them in Valleys Kids’ Rhondda Lives project. This post follows a question from Cheryl Colan: “…Did the individual storytellers work with and direct the video editor? If they spent only 2 hours doing so, I imagine the editor did a reasonable amount of preparatory work, getting clips to choose from lined up, prior to this work session?…” There were many days of preparatory work in researching, finding, selecting, rights-clearing, digitising, etc. the clips. Lona Wharton and Gareth Morris did this at the BBC and Dafydd…

  • digital storytelling,  empowerment

    Hyperlocal freelancing opportunities

    $14,000 per annum is one local blogger’s estimate of how much he’ll earn in the coming year by covering local stories. Seattle blogger Justin Carder does the math(s) on this page. Justin is one of the speakers at the free Portland Oregon Digital Journalism Camp – Saturday, August 1 at The Oregonian, 1320 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201.

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    The ideal break-out space for your digital storytelling workshop

    People will be working intensively together, maybe over a longish period. This can become quite claustrophobic if there are no break-out spaces available. This space could just be a cafeteria, a foyer with seats or even an outside sitting area. It just needs to be somewhere for people to wander if they need some time alone or to take a break from the digital storytelling production. This has been the fourth and final episode in a mini-series 🙂 of articles on www.aberth.com/blog about the ideal spaces for your digital storytelling workshop.

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    The ideal voice recording room for your digital storytelling workshop

    This room needs to be very quiet indeed. Switch off any noisy lights, air conditioning, fans, clocks, computers, etc. The fewer echoes in the room the better;  safe clutter is good. The voice-recording room needs to be available throughout the production workshop. It can be small – just big enough to accommodate three people,  recording equipment and microphone. May need to have power points, even if only to re-charge batteries / portable voice recorders. This is the third in a mini-series of four articles on www.aberth.com/blog about the ideal spaces for your digital storytelling workshop.  Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 5 July 2009

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    The ideal production room for your digital storytelling workshop

    This is where the digital stories will be made.  There needs to be enough space, tables, chairs to accommodate all the equipment and people. Power points along two sides of the room makes safe rigging easier. It’s good if it has natural light and ventilation but’s essential it can be made dark enough for images from the data projector to have impact. E.g. some kind of blinds or curtains for blackout. If you’re running a workshop – as opposed to one-to-one – set the furniture out classroom style, in rows, facing the screen. Allow adequate space for the data projector to show from the back of the room. There also…

  • digital storytelling,  media literacy,  museums,  Wales

    New Rhondda Lives digital stories website

    Katrina Kirkwood has just finished archiving the Rhondda Lives films on one fantastic new website: www.rhonddalives.org.uk. There are 80 stories to view. The rationale behind the project is explained and there’s a description of how the stories were made. I’m a member of the Museums 3.0 Ning group and I think that group’s members will really enjoy seeing such an innovative melding of existing public archive with personal storytelling by members of the communities depicted in  the archive. I’m sure all the storytellers will be proud to have their stories displayed on Katrina’s new Rhondda Lives website. If you’d like a suggestion of one to watch first … how about…

  • digital storytelling,  instruction,  timeless,  tips

    The ideal venue for your digital storytelling workshop

    This is the first in a mini-series of four articles on www.aberth.com/blog about the ideal spaces for your digital storytelling workshop. Easy access for people with disabilities to all rooms is essential, including toilets and eating-places. Also – there needs to be reasonable access and parking for the vehicle you’ll be get-in and get-out equipment. Ideally, parking close by for people driving to the workshop. If this is not possible, then people need to be informed of the nearest public car park. The venue should be accessible by public transport. Here’s a cribsheet, a checklist of things to look out for when choosing your venue: Nearby parking and public transport…

  • digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion

    Coromandel Digital Stories, New Zealand

    “It excites me that I can be part of this new age.  Words, pictures and music if anything can lift the sprite and engender enthusiasm” – Joan van Oosterom (87) More than 70 Digital Stories have been produced since the project started in January 2008 by the Coromandel Community Digital Storytelling Project. It’s an initiative to record, preserve, and share the history and stories of the Coromandel community using Digital Storytelling. It’s all about creating lasting impressions. Workshop equipment includes: 6 shuttle computers (20x20x30cm) Adobe Premiere Elements software Headphones Cano Scan 8800F scanner (scans slides and negatives as well as photographs and documents) Printer Projector & speakers Sound recording equipment Discovered via…