Digital Storytelling – Year 2014

During the Spring semester of 2014, 22 students from various Masters Journalism programmes, and hailing many different countries,  enrolled on my Citizen Media: Digital Storytelling module at Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University.

Here are a few of the stories from this years group.

Childhood from Jayne Lutwyche on Vimeo.

What is your story about?
It’s about struggling with and recovering from an eating disorder.

Nina, Papa Giovanni and I from Sarah Janina on Vimeo.

What is your story about?
My story is about faith. I explain how I came to be an agnostic, and how, at the same time, my grandmother helped me find comfort in Catholic traditions.
It goes to show that religious beliefs are, above all, coping mechanisms. But I mean no disrespect at all, everyone should reserve the right to hold on to what they believe. 

Why did you choose to tell this story?
I chose to tell this story because I wanted to pay a little homage to someone from my wonderful family. After a long search for the right pictures, stories, and themes, it just had to be my grandma and her faith.

What did you find most rewarding or challenging about creating the story?
The challenging part was really just finding the pictures that would fit with the words,
come to think of it. How do you communicate the idea of God visually without being blasphemous? How do you communicate the idea of insecurity without resorting to pathetic stock photos? Questions that only digital storytelling can answer! 

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About shazmagill

I work as a Senior Technical Demonstrator and Lecturer in digital storytelling at Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University. I teach and support any tools necessary for our students to function as journalists or media practitioners. This means anything from audio recording techniques, video editing, photography and print and mobile publishing. I have recently completed MA in Arts Practice (Fine Art) at the University of South Wales exploring the subjective and objective view and community storytelling through art of the Rhondda valley.
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