Friday, July 06, 2012

How indigenous stories are being shared online

As this year’s NAIDOC week draws to a close we wanted to shine a spotlight on indigenous stories and how they are being captured and shared across the country.

Through digital storytelling not-for-profit organisations working with inidigenous communities are able to reach beyond their remote locations and connect with others sharing insights into their culture in a compelling way.

On the first day of NAIDOC week 2012, Wurundjuri elder Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy shares her story about her connection to the Woiwurrung language. This was produced for ABC Open as part of the ‘Mother Tongue’ language series, documenting Indigenous languages around Victoria.

Your Dream is My Dream saw ABC Open collect more than 1900 dreams of Indigenous Australians over the past year. This NAIDOC Week they invited visitors to show someone that their dream matters and choose your favourite photo and share it. This example shows that a simple idea presented well can inspire.

NT Mojos is an innovative, mobile journalism pilot project aimed at helping close the gap in the Northern Territory by giving Indigenous communities a chance to tell their stories in their own way.

A quick search of YouTube for NAIDOC came up with a mix of news reports, school concerts and surprisingly few not-for-profit organisations. The video of Save the Children Australia program staff and participants in Kununurra sharing their thoughts on NAIDOC Week is simple yet effective.

Maybe next year we will see more coverage of the over 100 local NAIDOC events happening around the country. The easiest way to make a video is to focus on an existing activity like a concert or an event and interview the participants. Leverage the investment beyond the day and capture the images for presentation online.

Remember the YouTube for Nonprofits program is available to organisations here in Australia. It's a great way to get your message out across multiple platforms, and more importantly, take advantage of features others would have to pay for.

Looking to get started in digital storytelling? Connecting Up has upcoming workshops and to get a glimpse of what you'll learn and dates for our Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne read the blog. Ready to tell your story with video?  We also have donated Flip MinoHD 1-hour video cameras from CISCO, head over to DonorTec and place your order.
Happy digital storytelling!

For further inspiration check out ABC Open which runs regional programs gathering people’s stories which is a great resource for showcasing how communities are able to tell their stories through images.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the presented media may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
Image via ABC Open DreamBox

This post was originally published on Connecting Up
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