Story examples

Story idea: My 4WD and me.

‘MY SPICES, MY CAR AND MY DOG’ – Justin loves his 4WD (audio slideshow).

When hearing about my bid for the ABC Open producer position, my brother offered to help by contributing a story. We set up a microphone and recorded his story then went through his photo collection to find complimenting pictures.

Story idea: My 4WD and me

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Story idea: The little things.

‘MY TORCH’ – Jeff tells us about a little thing he appreciates in life (images and text).

Jeff appreciates his torch

Jeff appreciates his torch

While preparing for an interview about dengue mosquitos I asked Jeff to tell me a simple thing that he appreciates about life. With a cheeky grin Jeff reached out and picked up a small torch. I showed Jeff’s wife Pat different ways she could take photos to tell a story and to be aware of details and perspective. Because Jeff is wearing a light coloured shirt and the torch is dark we decided the images would be more effective in black and white. Jeff says: ‘I was rummaging through my shed the other day and there wasn’t enough light to see under the work bench – luckily I had my small torch handy! I’ve always got a small torch lying around somewhere because I never know when I’m going to need one,’ (and with the cyclone season fast approaching Jeff may be right). A torch is one of the little things that Jeff appreciates in his life. What little thing do you appreciate in your life?

Story idea: The little things

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Story idea: Getting Dengue Fever.

‘BEING BITTEN’ – Jeff and Pat share their story (podcast).

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Jeff and Pat, dengue survivors.

Jeff and Pat are a local couple who were affected by and survived dengue fever. They proudly tell me they have mastered sending and receiving emails and that ‘using computers isn’t that scary when you get the hang of it.’ Both are enthusiastic about learning how to create and upload multimedia stories, especially if they can share stories with friends and family. We talked about dengue mosquitoes and recorded our conversation using the microphone of a camera. Next, I will teach them how to edit their story and prepare it for uploading to the internet.

Listen to a raw recording of their story: Getting Bitten excerpt.

Story idea: Getting Dengue Fever

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Story idea: Killer Venom

‘THE TRUTH ABOUT IRUKANDJI’ – Venom expert Dr Jamie Seymour shares his knowledge (audio slideshow).

During the inital round of offers for the position of ABC Open regional producer earlier in the year I asked venom expert Dr Jamie Seymour if he would like to create a story about Irukandji jellyfish. After having a chat and recording an interview Jamie supplied photos and I put together a series of videos about Irukandji. Here is one of the videos that also features in my interactive online story, Refugee of Love.

Story idea: Killer venom

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Story idea: Family legacy

‘WE ARE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD’ – The De Bei family (video).

While in Italy I worked together with the De Bei family to create a story about their family legacy using a consumer video camera and laptop computer. This video about a family of the world spans three generations and three different cultures. One of their family members (the man in the graduate photo in the video) now lives in Townsville!

Story idea: Family legacy

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Comments
Comment from Ria - October 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

The story about Little Things in Life has made me think about what matters in life and how a small item can mean something special to some-one.

Irukandji and Dengue were interesting as it is about the Tropics.

And the Global family segment (the De Bei family) gives us an insight in how other people live.

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