Storytellers for Good

Do you tell good stories? Tell stories for good.

The Storytellers for Good program (S4G) supports students with skills in digital media to produce stories about students, alumni, and faculty exploring social change at Brown.

Storytellers are the voice of Brown’s social change community. Their stories can be found on Swearer Sparks, a new website created in May 2014 to inspire and connect the social change community at Brown.

About the Program

Brown University stands apart for a culture of social justice that reaches across campus and echoes around the world. Yet most of the stories go untold.

The Swearer Center seeks to create an open, supportive learning community at Brown University where students can build and apply their skills in digital media in order to tell authentic, meaningful stories with social impact.

Meet the 2013-14 Storytellers for Good:

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On finding a space to explore storytelling:

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Storytellers participate in weekly group meetings in order to build the skills and receive the feedback needed to produce individual stories. The production of these stories includes research; storyboarding; interviewing students, faculty, and others; editing content through rounds of feedback; and producing a final piece.

On their favorite stories:

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In addition to regular peer critique of their work, Storytellers are also connected to a powerful network of alumni and professionals working in the fields of media, storytelling, and social impact. These professionals lead workshops and serve as mentors for students as they sharpen their narrative voice and technical skills in digital storytelling.

Through their work, student storytellers have the opportunity to build a multimedia portfolio; gain exposure to an audience of thousands; and work on a creative, supportive, and fast-paced team.

On lessons learned:

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Storytelling Speaker Series

Each semester, the Swearer Center hosts speakers and workshops on campus in order to explore the intersection of media, storytelling, and social impact. Please check back soon for more details!

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Video Above: The Art of the Interview and the Power of Storytelling in the Digital Age with Tom Ashbrook (Fall 2013)

Tom Ashbrook, an award-winning journalist and host of the WBUR program On Point, interviews some of the world’s most fascinating, controversial, and knowledgeable individuals five days a week, fifty weeks a year. In his first visit to Brown University, Tom discussed the art of creating a consistently powerful, honest, and resonant radio program that connects with listeners in an age of digital distractions.

How to Apply

2014-15 Storyteller for Good

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00PM

Are you fascinated by social movements and the people behind them? Do you get goosebumps when you hear a good story?

We’re looking for students who love digital media to become a Storyteller for Good and create stories of social change at Brown. Students should have experience producing their own multimedia pieces and/or be passionate about the future of digital storytelling and eager to learn the techniques of photo and audio production. Experience in non-academic writing skills is also strongly preferred, such as creative fiction and nonfiction, journalism, blogging, etc.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of technical skills (writing/journalism, video production, audio production, photography, illustration/animation, or other forms of digital storytelling) and/or the ability to identify and craft a strong narrative
  • Curiosity and passion for connecting with others
  • Strong interest in the work of organizations and ventures with a social mission
  • Manages commitments gracefully with attention to accuracy, details, and deadlines

Previous knowledge of the social change community at Brown and ownership of technical equipment are not required.

Graduate students are welcome to apply.

Expectations:

  • This is a year-long position with a firm 10-hour/week commitment, including weekly 1.5 hour meetings.
  • There will be a kickoff retreat on the afternoon of Sunday, September 21, 2014 for accepted storytellers. If applying, please save this date.

Learn More:

Please come speak to us at one of the following events:

  • September 5, 3-4pm (25 George Street): Swearer Center Open House
  • September 10, 7-8pm (Sayles Hall): Community Service Opportunities Fair

If you are unable to attend either event, or have additional questions, you can also email Alexandra_Braunstein@brown.edu

Become A Story Mentor

During the program, students have the chance to co-produce a story with an alumni or professional storyteller mentor - a 3-hour per semester commitment.

If you are an alumni or professional working in the field of storytelling and media, please email Alexandra_Braunstein@brown.edu to learn more.

Pitch Your Story!

Do you have a story of social innovation to share on Swearer Sparks? Do you want to work with a Storyteller for Good on a media project about your social cause or venture? Click here to learn more.