Going Viral – how to make your story last

Once you go viral, you never go back. If only that was true! What happens *after* social campaigns take off? When there’s a spike in interest around a particular issue, it can just as quickly fall out of fashion. So why does this happen and how can a social campaign continue to gain ground, even… Continue reading Going Viral – how to make your story last

Start-ups in MENA are leading the path to a sustainable future

There is an imminent force threatening the stability of Middle Eastern countries. And I’m not talking about political turmoil. This one is a force of nature. The Middle East and North Africa, already facing dramatically hot summers and desert-like climate conditions year-round, experienced what the Washington Post called a “hellish-like” heatwave last July. The heat… Continue reading Start-ups in MENA are leading the path to a sustainable future

Going Viral – how do media campaigns blow up?

How do stories go viral? Why does one video take off while another falls flat? It’s a question a lot of storytellers would like an answer to. Unfortunately there isn’t an exact science behind it. What we can do is get a better understanding of stories and campaigns that have had a big impact. I’m going… Continue reading Going Viral – how do media campaigns blow up?

Women journalists grants – apply now!

Today I wanted to highlight grants and awards that are specifically geared towards women journalists and photographers. Some of these deadlines are imminent, but all of them are worth applying for if you fit the criteria. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many grants/awards out there for women photographers simultaneously and it’s incredibly inspiring. Some… Continue reading Women journalists grants – apply now!

Syrian children’s rights – how we told their stories using animation

Vignette recently teamed up with UNICEF Syria to produce a series of videos that highlight the rights of children as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As we couldn’t easily film inside Syria, we had to work with the country office to tell children’s stories through a unique mix of… Continue reading Syrian children’s rights – how we told their stories using animation