Storytellers for Good

The Storytellers for Good program supports students with skills in digital storytelling (written, photo, video, audio, and illustration/animation) to produce multimedia stories of social innovation at Brown through interviews with students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The stories will be shared on a dynamic, new web platform launching in May 2014. 

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About the Program

Through their work, student storytellers have the opportunity to build a multimedia portfolio, gain exposure to a broad Brown audience, work on an entrepreneurial and fast-paced team, and connect with mentors working professionally as radio hosts, filmmakers, and journalists.

Students attend weekly editorial meetings in order to design and share progress on their projects. Production involves interviewing students and faculty across campus, as well as alumni, visiting speakers, and other community professionals working in the field. 

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

How to Apply

Summer 2014 Position: Storyteller for Good Summer Assistant 

This summer, the Swearer Center is looking for a student with skills in writing, photography, and audio production to capture stories of Brown’s social innovation community. In this position, the student will be responsible for producing 7-10 media stories about students and alumni working on social impact ventures in Providence, Boston, and New York. The student will also assist with curriculum design for the Swearer Center’s Storyteller for Good program, including assignments, trainings, and mentorship.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Experience in writing/journalism, audio production, photography and/or other forms of digital storytelling
  • Demonstration of technical skills as well as the ability to identify and craft a strong narrative
  • Attention to accuracy, organizational details, and deadlines
  • Comfort interviewing subjects with sensitivity to content

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

Position is 7-15 hours/week at $10/hour.

Please fill out the application through Student Employment (Ref# 12832) and send a copy of your resume as well as relevant work from your digital media portfolio to alexandra_braunstein@brown.edu by Wednesday, April 16 at 11:59PM.

2014-15 Academic Year Position

Please note: applications for the academic year are closed at this time. Please contact alexandra_braunstein@brown.edu if you have questions about the position. 

We’re looking for students who are committed to bettering communities and get goosebumps when they hear a good hook.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of excellent technical skills combined with the ability to identify and craft a strong narrative
  • Experience in writing/journalism, video production, audio production, photography, illustration/animation, or other forms of digital storytelling
  • Attention to accuracy, organizational details, and deadlines
  • Comfort interviewing subjects with sensitivity to content

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

This is a year-long position. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

Campus Events

This year, the Swearer Center is hosting speakers and workshops on campus in order to explore the intersection of media 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

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. 

Meet Our Storytellers

Hillary Brady MAPH'14

Hillary is in her second year as a Master’s student in the Public Humanities program. She’s been involved in a variety of projects: teaching creative writing and oral history to fifth graders; helping design exhibits for the Smithsonian; and digital storytelling about Guantanamo Bay, among other community-oriented work. She is currently a research assistant at the Digital Public Library of America and spent her summer working in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Digital Media department. 

Hillary graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Journalism and English, where she spent two years as editor-in-chief of the daily student newspaper. For her writing and investigative journalism work, she has received awards from the Associated Press and Radio, Television and Digital News Association, as well as the Rhode Island Press Association.

As an undergrad, she was also involved in other modes of storytelling. She helped document the history of Providence’s street newspaper, Street Sights, as her senior honors project. For a summer, she also worked at a non-profit that serves individuals with developmental disabilities—interviewing people about services they received, as well as helping those same constituents edit their own newsletter and conduct their own video interviews.

In all the work that she has done, she tries to keep storytelling and strong community connections at the core. Hillary enjoys collecting vinyl records, reading and uncovering new places in Providence. 

Liza Yeager '17

 Liza grew up in the woods outside of Corvallis, Oregon. Throughout high school, she worked as a leader for Mercy Corps’ Global Citizen Corps program, was a student representative on school district policy committees, and studied darkroom photography. At seventeen, Liza received a scholarship to finish high school at the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the two years she spent in Mostar, she co-led a student radio show focused on social activism and organized a citywide English tutoring program. She also learned about the challenges of implementing idealism in a complex community. Liza loves hiking, baked goods, and cheap adventure travel. She is a freshman at Brown this year.

Stephanie Yin '13

Originally a transplant from New Jersey, Steph is about to embark on her sixth year in Providence. She graduated from Brown this past May with a degree in environmental science. Her love for storytelling comes largely from the gratification of tackling a big, complex topic and disentangling it. She is interested in combining visual arts and animation with written stories, and using stories to empower communities. At Brown she volunteered with Brown Arts Mentoring (BAM) and the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) programs. In her free time, she likes to make things, pretend to play the banjo, ride her bike and wax lyrical about Providence at Malachi’s Café.

Submit A Story

Do you have a story of social change or innovation to share with our Storytellers? Please email Program Coordinator alexandra_braunstein@brown.edu

Thank You

Thank you to the generous support of the River Star Foundation, PhotoWings, and Ashoka U and their belief in the world-changing power of solutions-based storytelling.