- Posted August 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What Makes a Good CNN iReport?
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Later Sarah describes how she encouraged me to write about my father’s WWII imagery and stories as an iReport. She discusses how the story created an international conversation and encouraged thousands worldwide to share their own family stories about the war.
In my own reporting I look for captivating people and events that can be assembled into a memorable “digital story.” I have found that great stories are the ones that connect emotionally with the audience, and are augmented with dynamic still and video imagery which places you within the story itself. The way you interview your subject is very important. As you interview people, you need to figuratively take them to a place they don’t even realize they've been- to tell the story from their soul. It is a learned technique.
There are many captivating stories and imagery right in front of us. Many of these stories go unnoticed and literally slip through our fingers. As citizen journalists we need to find these hidden stories and tell the human side, enhancing it with captivating media.
A quote from the Center for Digital Storytelling states, “Everyone has many powerful stories to tell and people who believe they are mundane, uninteresting, or unmemorable possess beneath this mask a vivid, complex, and rich body of stories just waiting to be told."
The stories are there, we just need to bring them to life.