Story Corps


Story Corps home page:

This is the home page of the Story Corps project. This site explains the mission of Story Corps. It also contains a do-it-yourself manual to creating your own story. It explains the story making process as well as good questions to ask yourself when creating your own story. This site also contains a place to upload your own story as well as listen to others who have shared their stories.

Story Corps do-it-yourself:

Start here to create your own digital story with Story Corps. Learn to reflect by asking questions, record and share your own story.

Do-It-Yourself-Guide (pdf):

This do-it-yourself guide created by Story Corps leads you through the storytelling process by following nine steps. It also includes a list of great questions to start the storytelling process and a list of essential hardware devices to help record your story.

Great Questions:

This is a list of questions created by Story Corps to begin your story telling process.


This is a recording from the Story Corps website that was shared by a man returning from the Vietnam War. He was interviewed by his daughter.

Story Center


Center for Digital Storytelling:

This is the homepage of The Center for Digital Storytelling. This site shares their stories, services and case studies.

Values and Principles of Storytelling:

The Story Center explains there are many vaules to digital storytelling. They explain that everyone has a story to tell, by understanding this it is possible to begin the storytelling process. Telling stories creates and helps to enrich the process of listening. By telling stories people are learning about themselves as well as learning to listen to others. Digital Storytelling creates a creative medium for people to explore artistic self expression. Learning to create the digital side of storytelling helps storytellers to learn to use important technology. Most important of all the sharing of stories can lead to positive change. Sharing stories can help people to reflect on their own experiences, modify behavior, treat others with greater compassion and speak out against injustice.

Story Development:

Creating digital stories can bring about personal growth, education and awareness and community building. Storytelling can help participants to explore their histories and reflect on how they go to where they are. Stories also bring to life the reality of individual experience which can be used as effective educational tools. Sharing of stories can lead to community involvement and discussion by bringing people together with shared beliefs.


This is a list of great resources available through the Center for Digital Storytelling.


This is the “cookbook” written by Joe Lambert, the director of the Center for Digital Storytelling. This is an advanced manual on how to create a digital story. Sections of the manual give an advanced guide on how to create a story with the idea of digital elements in mind. He also includes instructions on how to create a storyboard.

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling


Educational uses of digital storytelling:

The University of Huston created a website dedicated to Digital storytelling, it’s creation and it’s educational value.

The Seven Elements of Storytelling:

The University of Huston Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling put together seven elements in which one can begin to think about their digital story. They include, point of view, a dramatic questions, emotional content, the gift of voice, the power of a soundtrack, economy and pacing.

The Art of Digital Storytelling:

This article is an interview between Hall Davidson and Bernajean Porter, author of DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories. Bernajean explain there are six elements of a good story. They include, live inside the story, unfold and explain lessons learned, develop creative tension, economize the story told, show, don’t tell and develop craftsmanship.

Seven Things you Should Know About Digital Storytelling:

This article created by Educause Learning Initiative explores the significance of digital storytelling. The process of storytelling helps the participant to reflect on their past. They become creators of their story by thinking creatively and learning how to construct a powerful story by using technology and other web based tools. This helps them to create an effective story to share.

Goals and Objectives of Digital Storytelling:

This link explains how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom to teach children the importance of digital storytelling. By using digital storytelling in the classroom, techers can provoke communication skills to students by learning to ask questions, express opinions, construct narratives, and write for an audience. Students also learn and increase their computer skills.


This is a link to resources put together by The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling. These include links to free accessible articles as well as other academic writings.

The KQED Digital Storytelling Initiative


The KQED Digital Storytelling Initiative:

The KQED is a radio station based in California. They created a Digital Storytelling Initative which developed workshops on creating digital storytelling. They recruited trainers to capture the stories of community members and teach the value of storytelling.

Digital Storytelling Manual:

This five chapter manual explains how to create a digital story and why it is important. The chapters include an introduction to the concept of digital storytelling, a chapter covering how to find and create a story, creating the storyboard, how to create and edit a digital story, and how to publish the work.

“How to Casts” of Digital Storytelling:

Coming soon the Digital Storytelling website are podcasts of how-to create digital stories.

Four step process of creating a story:

This is the four step process of creating a digital story created by KQED digital story project. They start with finding the experience to tell about through a story by first starting with deep reflection. Next, ask questions to write a script of your story. Next, create the piece by recording, editing, putting music to the story. Last, share and save the story by uploading it to an online space and preserve the piece.

Digital Storytelling Literature


Rule, Leslie. “Digital Storytelling Has Never Been So Easy Or So Powerful.” Knowledge Quest March/April 38 4 (2010): 56-57.

This article explains how digital storytelling has now become easier than ever. Now computers are equipped with audio recording technology already embedded. This gives a person the power to create a story of their own using advanced technolgy. The technology has not hindered the value of telling a story. The story telling process is still a powerful tool to be taught in the classroom. This article is written by Leslie Rule the producing supervisor at the Cneter for Digital Media, KQED, Public Media.

Lowenthal, Patrick R., and Joanna C. Dunlop. “From Pixel on a Screen to Real Person in Your Students’ Lives: Establishing Social Presence Using Digital Storytelling.” Internet and Higher Education January 13 1/2 (2010): 70-72.

Digital stories are effective tools in order to make sense of experiences. They help to build and make connections with prior knowledge and improve memory. The sharing of digital stories helps people to connect with others by disclosing personal information and relating to each other’s common experiences.

How to Tell Stories, One Byte at a Time, by Claire Martin, The Denver Post (January 11, 2009):

This article is an interview between The Denver Post’s Claire Martin and Daniel Weinshenker, who runs the Denever Center for Digital Storytelling. Weinshenker explains that in order to create an effiective story, there must be a moment of change from the storyteller. It is the change that affected the storyteller that the story must be created around.

Is Digital Storytelling a Movement, by Joe Lambert, dStoryNews (Issue 2, September 20, 2000):

Joe Lambert the Director of The Center for Digital Storytelling explains that he created The Center for Digital Storytelling because he wanted to motivate people to change their behavior, to change policy, to change the distribution of power and resources. It seems digital storytelling has become a movement, but that is not the point. The point is that people are telling their stories and these stories are helping themselves and communtites.

Digital Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroom, by Tom Banaszewski, MultiMedia Schools (January/Febuary, 2002):

This article explains why digital storytelling is a wonderful tool for teachers. Digital Storytelling is helping students get an understanding of multimedia and helping them create and share stories that are important to them. Students are learning how to self reflect on issues that are crucial to their lives.

Digital Art and Soul, by Autumn Stephens, East Bay Monthly (August, 2008):

Digital storytelling is a positive reflective exercise. By retelling stories storytellers can reframe him or herself in the main storyline. The storyteller can go from the “victim” to the “survivor”.

Storytelling for the New Millennium, by Corey Hitchcock, SF Gate:

This article looks at how digital storytelling has made an appearance on the web. Creators of digital avatars are recreating stories and acting these out online through multiuser dungeons.

What’s Your Story, by Daniel Pink, Fast Company (December 18, 2007):

Digital storytelling has entered the business world. Buisnesses are now hiring people to harvest their artifacts and to render compelling stories about their companies, in order to engage others in their company. Digital storytelling has become the hot new trend in advertising and marketing.

Digital Tools Easier to Grasp, by J.D. Lasica, Online Journalism Review (October 8, 2002):

With the emgerence of digital storytelling, young story creators are now emerging. Storytelling used to be left to professionals who made millions of dollars creating new storylines. Now with the help of new and easy to use technology anyone can create a story. Novice writers are now more than ever writing and creating their own stories. Also, the job of the storyteller/ journalist has changed to now include photographer, videographer and sound person.

Aline, Gubrium. “Digital Storyteling: An Emergent Method for Health Promotion Research and Practice.” Health Promotion Practice 10.2 (2009): 186-91.

This article directly focuses on the health benefits of digital storytelling. Digital Storytelling relies on storytellers to reflect in order to create a story. This reflective process while personal is also used in group sessions. These group session help individuals read their story, reflect and listen to each element, and then discuss the narrative. This discussion helps bring communities together and focus on shared experiences. The feedback from these session also helps as a therapy for individuals. The more times a story is retold, it becomes owned by that individual who can reframe their position within their story.

Fields, Anne M., and Karen R. Díaz. Fostering Community through Digital Storytelling: a Guide for Academic Libraries. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

This book gives a great overview of digital storytelling and its place on college campuses. The author explains that digital storytelling can be implemented to bring together academic communities and foster community building.

Howell, Dusti D., and Deanne K. Howell. Digital Storytelling: Creating an EStory. Worthington, OH: Linworth, 2003.

This book gives a step by step guide to create digital stories to impelment in the classroom. This book gives a great introduction to a few digital storytelling tools and software such as Kidpix, Pinnacle Studio and PowerPoint.

The HistoryMakers:

The HistoryMakers is the single largest archive collection of interviews of African Americans. These archives include the stories of individual African Americans as well as African American organizations, events and movements. This archive currently holds 8,000 hours of African American interviews. Their focus is to “capture the stories of accomplished African American across all walks of life and to use video and new technologies to create an accessible digital collection to serve as a resource for students, teachers, scholars, documentary producers and the media.” The HistoryMakers commits to preserve and provide easy accessibility to their archived collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Storytelling Literature


Crane, Beverley. “Digital Storytelling Changes the Way We Write Stories.” Information Searcher 18 1 (2008): 1, 3-9, 35.

In order to create digital stories the way in which the story is written reflects whether it is an efficitive story. Digital stories must have a well developed beginning, middle and end. The story must be told in a way that allows the audience to identify with it, remember it and be changed by it. The writing of the story must be your own personal story but geared to who you are telling it to.

Thompson, Mary. “Digital Storytelling: Combining Literacy and Technology.” Information Searcher 15 4 (2005): 3-6.

This article looks into how digital storytelling is used in the classroom by teachers to promote creative and interactive learning. Children can gain computer skills as well as good creative skills by creating and putting together their own digital story. Children research about another person or reflect upon stories in their own lives to create their stories.

Howell, Dusti. “What’s Your Digital Story?” Library Media Connection 22.2 (2003): 40-41.

This article explains that narrative stories are related to brain-based learning processes. The core of intelligence is accessing specific concrete narrative stories. Memories that are created narratively are stored and can be accessed later, those that are not structured narrativley suffers loss in memory.

Haven, Kendall F. Story Proof: the Science behind the Startling Power of Story. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

This book describes the multitude of benefits from the process of creating and telling one’s story. The author lists each benefit and discusses the importance of each. This book truly shows how powerful stories can be in everyone’s life no matter what age.

Haven, Kendall F., and MaryGay Ducey. Crash Course in Storytelling. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

This book gives a great overview of how to tell a story and how to know when to tell each type of story. This is a great book for those first jumping into the topic of storytelling for any type of audience.

Frazel, Midge. Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators. Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2010.

This book gives a step by step guide of how to implement digital storytelling in a children’s classroom. This book starts with the benefits of telling a digital story into the different types of software needed for each step of the digital storytelling process. This book gives a complete listing of each type of software that is beneficial to digital storytelling.

Storytelling vs. Journalism

Barkin, Steve M. “The Journalist as Storyteller: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” American Journalism Winter (1984): 27-33.

Barkin explains that journalists can reach their audience better by becoming storytellers. This helps to make information more accessible to humans. The personalizing forces in stories help the audience to internalize the story, making the medium more effective.

Coberst. “Democracy, Critical Thinking, & Journalism –” – Science Forums. 18 Oct. 2007. <>.

Coberst explains that it is better for journalists to be critical thinkers in order to understand their views of democracy. Anyone can become a journalist by understanding where they live and come from. This depends on critical thinking.

Deuze, Mark. “Towards Professional Participatory Storytelling in Journalism and Advertising.” First Monday 10.7 (2005).

This article explains that the average person should be driving business, not the other way around. It seems that businesses are able to control what people buy and don’t buy, it is up to the consumer to push business. Businesses are able to influence people because of highly persuasive digital stories they create.

Agarwal, Amit. “Difference Between Blogging and Journalism.” Digital Inspiration: A Technology Blog on Software and Web Applications. 27 Sept. 2007.

The author explains that the difference between a blogger and a journalist is the difference in audience. While the journalist can see others reading the column in a paper, a blogger only knows people are reading if he or she receives feedback. Without feedback a blogger can feel non-existent.

Carter, Kristi. “Citizen Journalism vs. Television Journalism: Differences Between TV Journalism and Journalism for Citizens.” Online Magazine and Writers’ Network. 4 Jan. 2010. <>.

This article explains that TV journalism can be a more accurate portrayal of news stories. Citizen journalism can be spotty and facts can become useless if not properly organized into a well written explanation of events.

Jarvis, Jeff. “Is Journalism Storytelling? « BuzzMachine.” BuzzMachine. 8 Dec. 2009. Web. 06 Dec. 2010. >.

This author explains that journalism is a process while stories are products. To be a journalist does not necessarily mean that all writing composed must be in the format of a story.

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