Exploring Hidden Histories: Presenting your Story

Once you have completed writing up your story, there's the opportunity to 'get creative' in thinking about how you're going to share it with the world! In a world of digital and social media, how can you 'package' your hidden history in a way that makes it accessible, interesting and memorable? If your main product is an essay or long article - how could you grab someone's interest in 30 seconds (eg on their social media timeline) enough to read it? Or if you're sharing research, how could you summarise it in a short talk? You do not have to be a professional producer, or have expensive equipment / software, to be able to put together some surprisingly interactive features directly from your phone or laptop. And you can pick up some great transferable skills along the way.

Here's a few of our favourite tools available freely online. If you discover / prefer others, please let us know so we can add them! Top tips for all formats:

  • a) Keep it short - the shorter it is, the more people are likely to watch / share your story!
  • b) Keep it simple - maximise images, minimise words 
  • c) Stay focused on human stories - don't get bogged down in data.
  • d) use a story board to help you plan:

Download our Story Board template (for illustrating the sequence of your story)

Download our Technical Editing Template (for learning your equipment / programme)

Presentations / Slideshows

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Classic Slideshow / Presentation

Most computers come with pre-installed presentation software, or if not you can download open source versions. Usually best for giving a talk to an audience, though can be set up for web presentations. Top tip: use some strong images, avoid too much text!

Powerpoint (Microsoft)     Keynote (Apple)     Strut (Open Source)     TED Slideshow Tips    Using Presentations for Digital Stories 

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Prezi (Animated Presentation)

Prezi is a tool that enables you to create a more interactive 'presentation' by dragging and dropping images / documents etc into a wide range of funky design templates. You can 'zoom' in and out and move around pages, and you can record a commentary over the top to export as a 'Movie Clip'.

View a Wales for Peace Prezi

Prezi download

Digital Stories

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Digital Storytelling

Usually a short audio interview set to pictures and words, traditional 'digital storytelling' is usually participatory - ie the subject of the story is involved in creating it. You would interview them, work with them to find images to illustrate their story, and then put the piece together with their involvement so they feel 'ownership' of the finished result.

More      Intro to Digital Storytelling - Video     5 Tips    7 Elements     Breaking Barriers      
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Vlogs and Short Film Features

There are many other approaches to creating and sharing video stories digitally. For big projects, you can request a digital media workshop / training session through WCIA.

Android phones: Video Editor

iPhones: iMovie

PC: Windows Moviemaker

Animation and Audio

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Animation / Cartoons

Yes, you can actually create your own cartoon animation for free! This can be quite a good way of sharing things like survey results or debate topics.

Powtoon

Moovly

Storyjumper

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Interview Journalism for Audio / Video Broadcast

Interview like a news reporter! Great for gathering opinions on current Peace issues.

Top Tips for Preparing for Interviews (BBC)

View a Wales for Peace youth opinion piece.

Hear a Radio Production on Conscientious Objectors

Graphics


Infographics

If you have lots of data / facts to share and you want to make them look a bit more engaging, why not put them together as an infographic?

Canva          Visme
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Timelines

Do you have lots of dates around which to build a story - why not package them as an interactive timeline.

View timeline of Urdd Peace Messages 1922-now

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