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Interactive Narratives

While searching for some interesting sites within the Multimedia Journalism and Storytelling, I came across this site.

“Ok, cool,” I thought. “I’ll search through here for some interesting stories to share with the class.”

The story I landed on was so simple.  So clean.  So touching.  It’s a story I have to share with you all.

“Days With My Father”

So many emotions swept over me while viewing this story and reading the text.  Dread, happiness, sadness, etc… I think my overwhelming show of emotion while viewing this has something to do with my dad recently overcoming throat cancer. (He was diagnosed at Stage 4 in September 2010… He was given a 20 percent chance. The cancer was a result of Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam).

I think it also has to do with the declining health of my grandparents, especially my grandfather in the recent years… months… weeks.  I’ll spare you the emotions, but it’s a constant battle with myself accepting that I cannot be in Sheridan being able to help my family.

So what with the emotions?  So this:  As storytellers, what are we doing when we decide to tell a story?  Why are we telling the story?  Are we bringing awareness to something?  Are we helping someone?  Are we trying to connect with people?  What are we doing?

I believe the answers are different for each person and for each story.  However, these are questions we should ask ourselves.  Storytelling doesn’t have to be glamorous with lots of special effects or glitzy camera shots.  Sometimes less is more.

I didn’t log on to my computer tonight looking for a story that would stick with me for the rest of my life… But I found one.

-MM

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  1. August 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I think sometimes journalists forget that they’re storytellers. We tell (with a few exceptions ) non-fiction stories, but they’re still stories. Journalists should incite emotion, whether is negative or positive. Aren’t stories driven by emotions the ones worth telling? I can name a few journalists who take the droll approach to writing and solely write to inform the audience. of course informing the audience is always a top priority, but that doesn’t mean great writing should not only take a backseat, but hitchhike.

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