I was approached by Prof. Nick Higgins to develop a workshop based on my work around digital storytelling training for community groups for the EU-funded Honeycomb Creative Works project.
As the Honeycomb project looks to provide training opportunities to those on the western seaboard of Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and border region of Ireland, I saw this as a opportunity to approach Una Murphy from View Digital in Northern Ireland who I had met in London as part of our duties as Media Trust steering group chairs for Brilliant Northern Ireland and Brilliant Scotland programme.
The workshop took place on the Ayr Campus of University of the West of Scotland on the 26th of January.
Through the fast-moving innovation and growing access to mobile, digital (and social) media tools, platforms and practices, it is now easier than ever to be able to create a piece of multimedia content that can be shared online in order to help support community engagement on and offline. Similarly, many groups and organisations already working in community, voluntary and third sector are tasked with telling the story of what they do to members, users, stakeholders and funders but often are not given the support required to capture the process effectively.
The Digital Storytelling workshop will cover four areas; blogging, video, audio and social media. These four technical areas will give the workshop participant the opportunity to create, host and share different forms of media, whilst also being able to cascade learning to others within their community, group or organisation.
About the Trainers:
Jennifer M Jones, Digital Commonwealth Project Coordinator & PhD Researcher. She is a digital media practitioner who has delivered digital materials, training and resource support for a number of third sector and cultural organisations including the Big Lottery Fund, British Council, Carnegie Trust, CILIPS, Robert Burns World Federation, Renfrewshire Council and a number of Universities around the UK.
Una Murphy, co-founder of VIEW, coordinates our digital and broadcast media workshops. She has produced and directed current affairs/factual/documentary programmes for UTV, TG4, RTE and BBC, reported for The Daily Mirror and The Irish Times, and worked on media campaigns for Save the Children Northern Ireland and CARDI, The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland. She has taught journalism courses at various universities and colleges.
Who is this for? Community development, Voluntary and 3rd sector organisations. These opportunities are available to individuals (service providers) or 2-3 persons from your group who will be tasked with cascading these skills amongst your organisation. These skills allow those participating the chance to tell their own and other stories online, helping to develop the confidence to use the internet in a way that help better represent community issues, how to find a story and most importantly how to connect these stories to wider social and digital contexts, ensuring that the possibility can arise where those who are often unheard in the media get the opportunity to not only tell their story but to be in control of direction of it as well.