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    Heartfluttering Digital Storytelling in Romania

    I’m delighted to have been invited by Alexandra Danciu of https://www.universum.ro to make a presentation about Heartfluttering Digital Storytelling at GoTech World at Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania, on Thursday 3 October 2019. See GoTech World. I’ll reflect on some of the things the 700 or so people who made their digital story with the BBC taught me about crafting cracking stories; stories that make the fluff on your forearms tingle. Here’s an outline of the session: From ‘stunning’ to ‘swooping’, Gareth shares persuasive lessons he learned from his time with the innovative BBC Digital Storytelling project.  How to.. 1. Add swoops of scale so your audience’s imagination zooms out from…

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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 http://www.abergelepost.com. 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.…

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    Just one month to go until DS6 digital storytelling in Aberystwyth

    DS Cymru’s Esko Reinikainen has just updated that group’s Ning portal to say that, with a month to go, registration is open for the festival. The full list of speakers is out on the DS6 website. I think this year’s event has a broad appeal to all digital storytelling practitioners. But I think this year’s program will appeal especially to those using digital storytelling in the Health sector. Two of the speakers – Patient Voices’ Pip Hardy and StoryWorks’ Karen Lewis – have deep experience in this field. Another sector that I’m expecting to find attending are people who work in Education. I know from my dealings with ISTE (hat-tip…

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    Blink Mobile Media Activity Day 14-16 May 2011

    Joe Lambert’s DS Working Group is quite an active Facebook group, formed especially for digital storytellers. It was on that group I learned that the Blink Mobile Media Activity Day takes place 14-16 May, the weekend before the Fourth International Day for Sharing Life Stories. Joe says: “If you have an iPhone, or other such device, you should make a film and share it that weekend.” I dusted off the trusty Nokia N93 and had a go today, just to test the tech (see video below). I hope you’re able to join in the fun next weekend. Blink and you’ll miss it.

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    Life as a transgender person – digital story

    Jenny-Anne Bishop explains what life was like as a transgender person growing up and living in Wales. She talks about the difficult experiences she has had with her family as a result of her transition. It’s one of four digital stories made by StoryWorks for the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales and I first saw it at their workshop for journalists and programme-makers called ‘Not just another statistic‘ on 17 January 2011 in Cardiff. Guardian columnist Juliet Jacques spoke about trans-related portrayal challenges and Romani journalist Jake Bowers called for the media to stop being so shockingly racist when covering Gypsy and Traveller Community stories. Jake works with the…