Interesting discussions at the recent Digital Storytelling Unconference in Vancouver. The online realm has given us a different delivery system for audio and video, that’s time-shifted and shareable. But what about new ways of storytelling online?
This time, SoundCloud. It’s designed for sharing music, and that’s how I encountered it. But I’ve been thinking about other uses for the timed commenting feature — as a storytelling tool.
My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.
It would be easy (though not smart) to avoid “the audience” almost completely. In my opinion, good journalists don’t — with or without social media. I use tools like Twitter to reach out beyond the people I would otherwise know, to get to know my city better. My networks are bigger, and that makes my city smaller.
I’m going to be speaking at the Northern Voice conference this weekend, joining Kirk LaPointe from the Vancouver Sun on a panel called “How (Should) Journalists Use Social Media”.