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03
Aug

The Value of Telling a Real Story – Warts and All

Posted by | · · · | Storytelling

Oftentimes, the real-life stories we remember the most are marked by twists and turns, obstacles, and failure. Like the one about the world-famous ballerina rejected from a ballet academy when she was 13. Or the one about a man’s sleepwalking disorder that nearly killed him. Or the one about a […]

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05
Jul

We’d Love to Meet You This Week

Posted by | No Tags | Nonprofits

Crystaline and I are together in the United States and we’d love to meet you! ONLINE: Join us for a Facebook Live chat on Thursday, July 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. We’ll be answering questions about getting started in NGO work, negotiating contracts and pay, and everything in between. Ask us anything about nonprofit storytelling or […]

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22
Jun

Musician Chad Crouch — aka Podington Bear — on Composing and Licensing Music

Posted by | · · · · · · | Multimedia

I first learned of the musician Chad Crouch — also known as Podington Bear — several years ago when I heard one of his instrumental songs on a “This American Life” episode. The music was beautiful, emotional and evocative — perfect for some of the nonprofit videos I edit, I thought. […]

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08
Jun

Copyright Lawyer Ceren Taygun on Understanding Copyright and Contracts

Posted by | · · · | Business · Photography

Ceren Taygun is an international copyright lawyer and PR consultant based in the Middle East. She holds a Masters in Criminal and Intellectual Law from the University of Amsterdam and formerly worked for NORMA, a Dutch collective management organization for performers’ rights. Disclaimer: This interview does not provide legal advice […]

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25
May

5 Google Analytics Metrics to Help You Understand Your Audience

Posted by | · · · · | Storytelling · Writing

Earlier this month Crystaline wrote that understanding your audience is the most important part of nonprofit storytelling. Now I’ll expand on one of the suggestions she gave in her write-up: using Google Analytics. I don’t have any special qualifications for writing this post except that for five years I’ve worked […]

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18
May

Jobs Around the World: May 2017

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Visual Communications and Outreach Specialist at the Public Health Institute in Washington, D.C. Deadline: Open until filled Create relevant technical content including articles, blogs, Photo Stories, and other material used to communicate GHFP-II’s efforts to develop a diverse GH workforce, and share our participant’s (Fellows and Interns) stories. Support the […]

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06
Apr

What You Should Charge Nonprofits for Photography

Posted by | · · · · · | Business · Nonprofits · Photography

One of the top questions people ask me and Crystaline is “How much should I charge nonprofits for photography?” They want to know about standard industry rates, which is important and should be a factor in determining what to charge. You don’t want to undercut the whole industry – and […]

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30
Mar

How I Convinced One Nonprofit That Storytelling Was Worth Paying For

Posted by | · · · · · · | Business · Nonprofits · Storytelling

I hung up my cellphone and wondered if I had just ruined my chance to get my humanitarian photo career going. A nonprofit director, who found me through an old college professor, wanted to send me to Laos for one week to write stories and shoot some photos about his […]

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16
Mar

Jobs Around the World: March 2017

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Director of Communications for Fundación Capital in Bogota Deadline: April 10, 2017 • Communication Strategy & Branding​: develop, adjust and implement a global communications strategy that brings a distinctive presence to FundaK; advance the company’s brand and supervise the implementation of branding guidelines; develop organizational messaging, building on a recent […]

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