Inspring and Informing Humanitarian Storytellers

We offer insights and tips for nonprofit and NGO storytellers.
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We think that ethical photography and video stories help nonprofits show the impact of their projects,
and increase funding and emotional connection to their work.
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We believe in empowering people to create a better life for themselves.

 

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Heather Rude-Turner reads to her son and daughter at their home in Springfield, Va. Heather depends on the EITC (the earned income tax credit) to help support her family. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl for Bread for the World.

Recent Posts

We’re Away for the Holidays

Posted by | December 1

When Laura and I started collaborating on NGO Storytelling our goal was to share stories and experiences to help inspire and inform other humanitarian photographers. We love building connection and community around things like storytelling, ethics, and media. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. Some of the highlights […]

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Podcast 4: Informed Consent & Ethics in Nonprofit Storytelling

Posted by | November 23

Working with vulnerable people almost always leads to questions about how we should behave as ethical storytellers. In this podcast, we discuss the difference between consent and informed consent,  model releases, and how to handle difficult situations like photographing children. If you’d like to see more of this kind of […]

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Jobs Around the World: November 2017

Posted by | November 16

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thank you! Director and Editor-in-Chief at Reproductive Health Matters in Flexible Location Deadline: January 8, […]

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Thomas Patterson: The Editor’s Take on Ethics in Nonprofit Storytelling

Posted by | November 9

  “Better to fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Sophocles   Many of us who tell stories for NGOs and other nonprofits come from the journalism world, and we consciously try to bring along the ethical framework we learned in journalism: using truth to afflict the comfortable and […]

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Radi-Aid Awards Fighting Visual Stereotypes With New Social Media Guidelines

Posted by | November 5

You’ve probably seen the picture on social media before: a young man or woman, typically from Europe or the United States, holding a baby in Africa and feeling #thankful. The visual trope is so ubiquitous that it’s satirized and parodied in places like the the Barbie Savior Instagram account and […]

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A Flowchart to Help You Find the Right Medium for Your Story

Posted by | October 26

Do you ever get stumped about what kind of story to create? Let our story flowchart help you! Click on it to see it larger with links and all. Flowchart made with SmartDraw.

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How to Rework a Story for Social Media

Posted by | October 26

This month we wanted to get down to practicalities and show you how to rework a story for different social media channels. Today, I’ll share the way I used a video story for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While my demonstration in these posts uses a video for the major links […]

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Jobs Around the World: October 2017

Posted by | October 19

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thank you!   Director of Communication for Palladium in Cairo, Egypt Deadline: January 19, 2018 The […]

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Visual Stories for Nonprofits: Webdoc on Iraqi Refugees by Terre des Hommes

Posted by | October 5

This is a collaborative interview with the video project manager and the social media manager for the nonprofit Terre des hommes on their recent web documentary on Iraqi refugees entitled Heartbeats at Mosul’s Gates. Joakim Löb is the Digital & Video Project Manager at Terre des hommes. He’s based in […]

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