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    I'm a writer and producer who creates across platforms, spaces, and experiences. Looking for my client work? Check out pride collaborative, the interactive studio that I run; or the create daily, we connect creators with career-advancing opportunities; or StoriesLead, a training ground and learning space for storytelling that moves crowds for good.

Blog Archives

Introducing StoryCode DC!

Big announcement!

My long-time collaborator Kelli Anderson and I are bringing StoryCode to Washington, DC! Founded in New York as a transmedia meetup, StoryCode has evolved into an open-source, global community for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers.

StoryCode DC will nurture a community of emerging and established storytellers in the DMV area who are exploring the ever-growing possibilities of narrative.

We’re having a launch and you’re invited!

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Educators as Producers

Transmedia refers to a set of choices made about the best approach to tell a particular story to a particularaudience in a particular context depending on the particular resources available to particular producers.” -Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins’ fairly open explanation of transmedia outlines what educators do in the classroom on a daily basis. We have to make a set of choices about the best approach to disseminate a particular unit to a particular audience in a particular context using available resources.

Yet when I mention “transmedia” to my fellow educators, I often receive blank stares or the very common response, “I don’t understand transmedia.” There doesn’t seem to be an inherent educational connection to the form.

So instead of focusing on defining transmedia, I look to connect the theories behind transmedia with the needs of educators (myself included). In my classroom and beyond, one such need is: how do I engage learners to be full participants and designers in the learning experience? It’s a goal that is both macro and micro.

This is where transmedia can step in. The unification of theories/practices like participatory culture, immersion, democratization, worldbuilding (with an eye towards history and prior knowledge), extensions, co-creation, user-generated content, and collective intelligence can provide rich, student-centered learning experiences.

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5 Tips for Transmedia Storytelling

Here’s an excerpt from a great article by Margaret Looney about transmedia storytelling.  She mentions pride collaborative and the story innovation event we organized during DC Week.

Check it out:

With readers juggling their tablets, mobile phones, laptops and more as they consume the news, journalists have an opportunity to create a new kind of story.

Transmedia storytelling means dividing chunks of a story across multiple platforms to form one cohesive narrative. Transmedia stories often have audience engagement as a key goal.

Creating an online component to a documentary film, hosting a live event to complement a recent profile on a needy cause, or pairing an interactive website with your book release are all ways to build audience engagement across platforms.

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You Are Invited: StoriesLab

A few months ago, I launched StoriesLead, a catalyst for great storytelling. And in a short time, we’ve produced two successful events, began nurturing a community, and have developed resources to help orgs, media makers, and companies produce stories that rock.

And now we’re hosting our first StoriesLab, a half-day event that’s dedicated to the exploration into the possibility of story.

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Story Innovation: Transmedia, Web Cinema, and Participatory Storytelling

For DC Week, we’d thought it would be a great time to talk things we love: storytelling, media, technology, and risk-taking.

Join me for an event that showcases some awesome examples in story innovation.

DC Week – Story Innovation: Transmedia, Web Cinema, and Participatory Storytelling
Pride Collaborative / The Create Daily
Friday, November 9, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST)
Washington, DC

Register here for this free event.

Advances in technology have provided storytellers with new platforms to play and experiment with. In this session, innovative storytellers will showcase their boundary-pushing projects, share their process, and discuss practical concerns like distribution, funding, and marketing.

Featured projects include: a web-based cinema project that combines verité and participatory footage; a transmedia project that fuses app production and the web; and an experiential learning and cross-media project geared towards children. This session is hosted by Felicia Pride of Pride Collaborative and The Create Daily.

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