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Digital Storytelling: It is not always about Cheryl Cole

“Do you want to make a kind of media that is to do with listening rather than telling?”

This is the key concept that I will take away from Daniel Meadows’s lecture.

I am only in the fourth week of my Magazine Journalism course at Cardiff and I have already experienced the frustration of trying to find a suitable quote. I have the story and I know what I want to write, all I need now is a credible source to back up what I am saying. I hunt the down the person who is most likely to say what I need, I contact them and I ask them the questions that I know will get the answers I require. This is not scripting the source exactly, but essentially they are only a back-up, an added piece of proof to a story that has already been created.

Meadows questions this and asks ‘what if the audience were the story?’. His digital stories certainly prove that inside everyone there is a deeply touching, funny, heartbreaking experience and they suggest that maybe media should shift to follow the ordinary man/woman on the street, rather than just the people in the public eye.

Meadows’s projects focus on highly personal experiences; sometimes of the general public sometimes of his own (Polyfoto) and as a way to get me thinking before I create my own digital story, I have mapped out some of the places in the UK that hold a story for me.

Social Media with Claire Wardle (or how I learned to stop worrying and love my aggregator)

As a member of the Facebook generation I thought I knew something of the social media world, but I have to admit, after signing up to various sites for our first online task that blogging, tweeting, netvibing, flickring, audiobooing and linking-in had left me a little bit lost. However in this week’s lecture Claire Wardle explained that to successfully utilise the internet you need to control and harness the constant wave of information that it provides (“like Tom Cruise but without the Scientology”) and let the key material filter down to you.

By getting up-to-date information from all around the globe not only can you find the best stories, but you can also have worldwide communication. Just glancing at the BBC news website shows requests for information and photographs from people who are near the scene of a story. The news now needs to embrace its online sources as they are the quickest way to get the most informed responses and therefore the most accurate stories. Wardle reminded us that the audience are experts and there will always be someone out there who knows more about a subject than you. These same people are becoming increasingly likely to comment online and they may either be an excellent source or a very harsh critic.

With this in mind I aim to untangle my RSS feeds and improve my aggregator. I do wish I had an iPad though; the touch screen would make me feel much more Tom Cruise.