Future of Stories: 10 Reasons to consider the UK digi-storytelling & interactive LAB

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Image shot by Dr David Dunkley Gyimah

Time seems to have stood still. You’re floating in your imaginations. You’re looking for that job working at the innovative edge of digital video, image storytelling and interactive formats and you want to lead where others follow.

Everyone’s gone bat s**t crazy over tech. It’s the new religion. No one seems interested in your thinking. They have an App. Experts are passé. Experience is now de rigueur or sooo overrated.

Then this. Latest neuroscience research states your emotions are not what they seem. You create them from your past and environment, whilst you subconsciously construct your future from your memory. Oh Yes! Who you are, where you’re from, and who you associate with really, truly matters.

How do you overcome leaders slipping you that emotional (red) pill, events that become normalised, or realise that Facebook’s set up technically models your mind and how you think?

  • Is mobile journalism a new video narrative? If it is show us, if not can you create it?
  • Is 360/ VR video nothing more than 2d with the ability to swivel the camera?
  • Are podcasts anything but radio packages parcelled for non-pros?

If you’re thinking the way we’re thinking, come join our LAB with Sandra, Mass and I. First I’ll tell you why I’d like you to join in 10 points , ff later by my colleagues.

1. SMART TOOLS

You too will be working with cool tech, flooding instagram with hashtag #Nomorepowerpoints #Mondaymania. Miniature drones, pop-up studios and but more importantly understand modern real inception of the mind.

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2. EXPERTISE

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Ok ! So we like to think of ourselves as experts, because you’ve kindly said we are and have thrown us a couple of awards. Our expertise is as much about listening and sharing your ideas alongside our professional perceptions from diverse practices on assignments and speaking at tech conferences. Conferences, such as speaking at Apple, where they profiled my work or working as a producer for Jon Snow on Channel 4 News. More here on reputations.

David saw the potential of digital video journalism early on, and keeps on pushing the boundaries in brilliant and beautiful ways

Peter Barron, VP Communications, Europe, Middle East and Africa Google.

In my experience, David offers a rare combination of skills in hands-on field reporting, technical innovation in video storytelling, journalism training, and academic teaching and research

James Montgomery, Director of digital development, BBC News

3. STUDENT EXPERIENCE

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My brilliant, now ex Masters students — all doing well

We value our relationships with students. Actually, we like to think of you as cohorts working in an agency, where you can play a large role in shaping your space. We’re working to ensure your skills are key to securing jobs for the future.

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You too have reciprocated this approach by giving us Student Appreciation Awards for helping you develop and get the best out of you — even when the going was tough. Full story from videos below here

Class of 2016/17

4.COLLABORATIONS

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David, teaching/ filmmaking in China.
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David, teaching near Syrian border

Our teaching methods at the LAB means we’ll be working on a diverse range of real world projects — and scoping new theories from them, pulling on experience in assignments from China, Russia, India Cairo to Chicago. We’ll share collaborations and how to scale national and international projects, working with external producers like… Oh I can’t tell you that one yet, until you join, but it’s huge…I can share this project with @TVcollective which had support from national figures. Weeks/ months ahead you could be doing the same.

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5. JOBS

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We share successful ideas in getting jobs, with knowledge of behavioural science. In some cases we get recommend or get called up to ask if we have talent, employers have become used to us providing. And our graduates have gone on to great things, in CNN, BBC WS, NATO and various start ups.

6. EXTERNAL EVENTS

We regularly hold eventbrite meetings so you can interact with professionals in industry and then go for drinks with them afterwards. And we’re starting our own #Feelslikefriday club for alumni to hang out and share a drink and chat. More on this story here: The BBC’s Social Media Producers.

7. ACTIVE

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David invited to speak at the first global mobile conference in Ireland

We consider the LAB as storytelling reboot to a slew of communications and the status quo. You’ll be experimenting with different styles of video e.g. mobile — and my field Cinema Journalism to truly create content unique to mobile. You could have made this video below with anything, but we shot this on our mobile on zero costs for our official promo in 2 days, with drone shots.

8. WHERE ARE THEY?

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Below are some of my students all of them are doing fantastically well. Yixiang (glasses) on the left is a financial journalist now in Hong Kong.

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9. CONTACTS

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I have built up relations with a number of agencies and outfits, with students pitching to Sky, ITV, and Channel 4 News. Last year students presented to Google, who were suitably impressed.

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10. ER, MARRIAGES

Though we don’t state this as one of our aims I’ve had a few marriages in my days teaching, and apparently played a small role in making it happen. Job done?

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Germany
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Written by

Top Writer & Creative Technologist, Int. Award Winner. Cinemajournalist. Cardiff Uni @jomec. PhD (Dublin). Visiting Prof UBC, Ex BBC/C4News. Apple profiled.

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