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Digital Stories Guide

What is a Digital Story?

At its simplest, a digital story is an edited project that contains still images and audio, perhaps sprinkled with some video. Almost all digital stories fall into one of three categories:

1. Non-Fiction/Educational

Most digital stories fall into this category. A digital story might present research/information on a specific topic, depict a personal tale, or tell a true/historical story.

2. Narrative

A narrative digital story is scripted, might feature professional vocal talent, and can tell a linear or non-linear story. It is similar to a movie project, but with little or no video.

3. Experimental

An experimental digital story may not have a clear message or purpose. It might try to represent an abstract idea or emotion. It likely features a non-linear structure and the relationship between images and audio may not be immediately clear.

The Step-By-Step Process of Making a Digital Story

  • Write Script.
  • Storyboard.
  • Record voiceover and / or interview people.
    • Audio and Video equipment can be found on the library website.
  • Record footage and/or take Photos.
  • Collect images, video, or audio that have a creative commons license or are in the public domain.
  • Edit Project in iMovie, Adobe Premiere ProFinal Cut Pro or WeVideo.
    • For additional help schedule a consultation with a multimedia specialist.
  • Cite all images, video, audio and / or credit people interviewed or in your footage.
  • Save/Export Project File.
  • Upload or Publish it to YouTube for sharing. (make sure you click unlisted)

The Visual Process of Making a Digital Story

Map outlining the digital story process.

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