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Digital Storytelling: What is Digital Storytelling

Without Sanctuary

"Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. With essays by Hilton Als, Leon Litwack, Congressman John Lewis and James Allen, these photographs have been published as a book"Without Sanctuary" by Twin Palms Publishers." The flash movie, above, is featured on the website withoutsanctuary.org, where you can also view a gallery of photos that is growing as a collection becomes a powerful tools for learning and rememberance.

Digital Storytelling by any other name...

The concept of digital storytelling refers to many processes that use today's readily available digital tools to engage common people in creating and sharing their own messages, or stories.   Most often "short," in comparison to the messages produced through professional media, these stories rely on personal connection (often social media) to incite emotional response in the viewer.

You'll encounter digital storytelling in a variety of formats and venues.

  • Audio Slideshows are published by newspapers, marrying the talents of photo-journalists to interview and narration.
  • Interactive stories introduce personal perspectives and added insight through viewer commentary.
    • Includes various forms of fan fiction.
  • Hypertext and other web design technologies allows writers to link elements within a story to related ideas for depth.
  • Stop motion allows storytellers to animate objects to tell stories from unique perspectives.
  • Narrative games allow creators to immerse readers into the story for direct experience.

Learn more about Digital Storytelling

Center for Digital Storytelling
With a stated mission "to promote the value of story as a means for compassionate community action," this organization supports organizations and individuals interested in learning more about digital storytelling.   They offer many samples of digital storytelling, here.

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