Introduction to This Blog

This blog features guest posts by DePaul students and posts from our research team.

You’ll find reflections on interesting story projects, as well as curated lists that explore how digital personal experiences are being used by particular sectors and causes.

Digital Story Best Practices for Higher Education

By Haleigh Morgan and Kelsey Peters
Students in NMS 509: Digital Storytelling, Summer 2015

The rising cost of higher education paired with a difficult economy has many students and parents wondering whether college is still a worthy investment. To answer this question, several schools and nonprofit organizations are turning to forms of digital storytelling. The stories vary among institutions, but all share an underlying message – that college is worth it. Continue reading

How American War Veterans are Sharing Their Stories

By Nathan Fey & Maggie Cunningham
Students in NMS 509: Digital Storytelling, Summer 2015

The stories of American war veterans are diverse as those who have served.  Their experiences, perspectives, and reflections are all different, yet their service binds them together.  Some look back at their military service with pride, some with trepidation, and some carry wounds, both seen and unseen.  Many have a need to connect with others with similar struggles and values – as only those who have lived through similar experiences can understand. Continue reading

A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF STORYTELLING: How Hospitals Use the Patient Narrative

By Catherine Gianaro & Dre V. Sanchez
Students in NMS 509: Digital Storytelling, Summer 2015

Glioblastoma. Fibromuscular dysplasia. Auditory neuropathy. Subjects like these are not easy to explain, which is why hospitals and healthcare systems rely on patient stories to communicate what their organization has to offer.

We looked at more than 30 hospitals and healthcare systems websites and social media content to better understand how storytelling is used in this industry. Nearly all institutions use patient success stories to “advocate” on the hospitals’ behalf. This type of storytelling is successful because it creates an advocacy-style of communication, rather than focusing on company-boasting advertising or marketing. It enables the viewer to identify with the patient, and in turn, create an emotional trust or bond with the organization (which is the goal of every company, no matter the industry). Continue reading