Current TV is a cable network that tells informative stories from the real world with about 1/3 of their content being viewer-created content, or what they call "VC2". They break their schedule into short segments called "pods" — each just 3-7 minutes in length and generally use a character,
action, or event to tell a story. Anyone
who wants to contribute can upload a video on their website. Then, everyone in the
Current online community helps decide what should be on TV.
On the website, They have a training section to help amateur/beginning producers better understand the craft of
journalism/storytelling/production. Under the Storytelling section they
have video clips from industry “experts.” I found one clip by Ira Glass, host of radio program This American Life interesting. Ira talks about there being 2 building blocks to creating a good story:
Anecdotes - A sequence of events that leads from one thing to the next to the next and creates suspense. Raising questions and baiting the audience.
Moment of Reflection - Here's the point of the story, the bigger something we are driving at.
A good storytelling quote from Dana Atchley, the late digital storytelling pioneer:
"...digital storytelling combines
the best of two worlds: the 'new world' of digitized video, photography
and art, and the "old world" of telling stories. This means the "old
world" of PowerPoint slides filled with bullet point statements will be
replaced by a "new world" of examples via stories, accompanied by
evocative images and sounds."
Respected and influential comic artist Will Eisner mentioned in his book Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative that the structure of a story can be diagrammed with many variations from beginning to end. His basic story structure is shown in this graphic . . .
Eisner tells us that at the outset of telling a story, there is a "contract" between teller and audience. The teller expects the audience will comprehend, while the audience expects the teller will deliver something that is comprehensible. The burden is on the teller and is the basic rule of communication. A major element of the "contract" is audience control. According to Eisner "Once the reader's attention is seized it cannot be allowed to escape. . . In comics, reader control is attained in two stages - attention and retention." Use of "provocative and attractive imagery" gains attention, while the "logical and intelligible arrangement of images" achieves retention.
According to eminent cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, human beings are "hardwired to organize experience into narratives." In his book The Culture of Education, Bruner says that the meaning of all facts, propositions, or encounters depend on the perspectives or frames of reference by which they are referenced.