Local and global journalism often involves making compelling stories out of complicated realities. How do we ethically treat the people who are directly impacted by these realities? How can we amplify these voices to make change happen?
Two sessions at Media Democracy Days 2016 on November 19th delve into these important questions.
Do you have a complex issue that you want to bring to the attention of a larger audience?
Unpacking truths through Stories: Lessons from Making “Strangers at Home” will be a workshop where participants will grapple with how to communicate complex issues and ideas to an audience who may not have any familiarity with them. This workshop will help break down the process of soliciting stories, partnership journalism, and working with storytellers – including those whom you may not agree with. Participants are encouraged to bring issues and ideas that they’d like to craft into a narrative format.
This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Shayna Plaut, who has learnt these skills from her time spent as the Research Manager of the Global Reporting Centre and the Project Manager for the video series Strangers at Home. Strangers at Home explores issues of migration/anti-Semitism/racism/anti-Romani sentiment in Europe by focusing on local people’s experiences with these complex realities.
The second session we want to highlight, Amplifying Stories of Displacement, will be for folks who are interested in sharing personal experiences of displacement, or who are interested in how to do collaborative storytelling between displaced people, advocates, and media makers.
Media artist Minah Lee along with journalist Brielle Morgan of Discourse Media will facilitate this session. Minah will share her own work to demonstrate how we can use art to communicate the complex stories of immigration and Brielle will describe the collaborative storytelling models used in her recent work with youth in care. Participants will discuss the barriers, ethical considerations, and ways to consider telling stories with the communities that are impacted.
Space is limited so reserve your seat for one or both of these sessions on Saturday November 19th at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Campus here!
And check out our full program at 2016.mediademocracydays.ca