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

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

Posted by | June 22

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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Real Stories for Nonprofits: The Oregon Trail

Posted by | June 20

Zach Putnam is an award-winning filmmaker and producer based in Portland, Oregon. He has over a decade of experience telling stories that move people and has produced work for clients ranging from Adidas to Upworthy to the Nature Conservancy. Zach has also recently taught photo and video production at the […]

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Jobs Around the World: June 2017

Posted by | June 15

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. Thanks! Public Information/Communication Officer for UNDP in Doha, Qatar Deadline: June 19, 2017 The Communications […]

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Copyright Lawyer Ceren Taygun on Understanding Copyright and Contracts

Posted by | June 8

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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5 Google Analytics Metrics to Help You Understand Your Audience

Posted by | May 25

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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Jobs Around the World: May 2017

Posted by | May 18

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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Visual Stories for Nonprofits: ICRC’s Syria Street

Posted by | May 11

Malak Jaafar is the Digital Content Manager at the ICRC in Lebanon. She has been working with the ICRC’s Communications Department since 2014. She is based in Beirut.   We recently saw your multimedia story called “Syria Street” and we were really impressed by your innovative use of design, audio, […]

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Understanding Your Audience is the Most Important Part of Nonprofit Storytelling

Posted by | May 4

Have you put time and energy into a campaign or video, published it online, and gotten fewer than 100 likes or totally missed your fundraising goal? I’ve been there. It’s a horrible experience. Storytelling is supposed to be the magic bullet to get people’s attention, right? Nonprofits sometimes assume donors […]

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Nonprofit Communication Staff Talk Budget

Posted by | April 28

This month we pitched budget questions to various communications directors at nonprofits to get a better idea of what they spend on media. We want to open up a space to have open, candid conversation around telling stories and the production cost of those stories. We believe that discussion leads […]

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