DIY Digital Storytelling Resources from TechSoup

To create and share inspiring stories online, nonprofits need both storytelling resources and inspiration. TechSoup‘s annual nonprofit digital storytelling contest, Storymakers, provides both.

The Storymakers campaign helps nonprofits communicate better abundant resources on how to tell better stories, and get those stories noticed.

In the past few years, we’ve seen the transformation from long to short-form digital storytelling, and we’ve experienced the rise and fall of numerous storytelling apps never to be seen or heard of again.

But what remains constant during this tumultuous digital age is the continued power of stories to engage and influence emotions, values, opinions, and imaginations.

2014 Storymaker Winners

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We were blown away by the global participation in this year’s Storymakers campaign. Here are the inspiring winners of TechSoup’s Storymakers 2014 contest and thoughts from the winners on why storytelling matters at their organization.

Best Story Award, grand prize

Hope House: Camp Counselor Tyron by Stone Soup Films

“At Stone Soup Films, we are dedicated to shining a light on small organizations who are making a big impact in their communities and firmly believe in the power of digital storytelling to inspire action. Hope House honored us by allowing our cameras into a maximum security prison to document their camp program reconnecting children with their incarcerated fathers,” said Liz Norton, executive director, Stone Soup Films.

Youth or STEM Story Award

Free Running in Baltimore by Wide Angle Youth Media created by Tyson Sanford-Griffin

“‘Free Running in Baltimore’ was created in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project Program. The film was made by our youth participant, Tyson Sanford-Griffin, whose love of free running has been hampered by safety concerns in urban Baltimore. His story encourages audience members to make their own communities a safe place where people can feel free to go outside and run without inhibition,” said Sheila Wells, program director, Wide Angle Youth Media.

Super-Short Award, for a story under 20 seconds

Shine a Light on Avoidable Blindness by Operation Eyesight

“Imagine a world without light, without sight. When you are blind, it’s like being in a dark hole. Operation Eyesight works to prevent blindness in the developing world. We wanted to create a video that explains how tragic avoidable blindness can be, and we’re delighted to be recognized for our work in the 20-second storytelling category,” said Lynne Dulaney, director of communications, Operation Eyesight.

Best New Storyteller Award, for an organization new to digital storytelling

Dr. Mark Karnes by Soddo Christian Hospital

Ken Amstutz, president of St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation, shared that “this video was produced by Seth Demings, a filmmaker who visited the hospital in March 2014 and felt compelled to record and share some stories about what is happening in Soddo, Ethiopia.”

Audience Choice Award, voted on by the community

Where Manos Serves by Manos Internacional

Belinda Wells, volunteer vice president, Manos Internacional said, “While digital storytelling can be a daunting task, TechSoup’s Storymakers campaign workshops gave us the courage to actually sit down with hours of footage and photos to compile something that would briefly and meaningfully express our story.”

The Storymakers campaign happens every year, with great cash prizes. So dive into TechSoup’s digital storytelling resources and start creating stories so that you’re ready to compete in next year’s contest.

Alexandra (Ale) Bezdikian is TechSoup‘s interactive events and video producer. She writes story driven pieces for the TechSoup blog and helps manage the annual digital storytelling campaign, Storymakers.

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