Digital Storytelling

Sample: Why Mitchelville Matters by Charles Bogguess (The Mitchelville Preservation Project), 2018

What is it: “Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their story. The media used may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.”

Knowledge Design: what is the research question? what new knowledge is being created?

A thematic analysis of results indicated that digital storytelling in research was especially appropriate for use with marginalised groups, and was most commonly used in this context. There was some variation in the extent to which digital storytelling in research adhered to the principles with which it was originally developed. Surprisingly, although digital storytelling provides a ready-made knowledge translation product, few research projects employed the digital stories generated to this end. Across research projects, participants reported several benefits of digital storytelling. While some disadvantages were noted, overall, these were outweighed by the benefits of using a respectful, participatory research practice.

Who is it for: a research community, students, the public

Who makes it: usually 1 author who narrates, a producer, a video and image editor, a sound engineer

Medium/Media: convergence of written script, audio files, photography, images, video, web and other media outlets, including youtube, vimeo or another video hosting site

System requirements: varies, but at least a mic, recording software, and video editing software

Common Tools

How to measure impact: number of downloads from video hosting site; citations and links online; convergence with other publications by the team; grant support; conference presentations; community outreach


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