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Sortable collections allow users to conduct refined searches to find stories by theme, location, etc.

Living Well with MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, on its organizational website, includes both written profiles and short videos about people who are invested in the theme of “living well with MS.” The text stories are short profiles, and are organized into categories, such as “Life With MS,” “Shakers” (advocates’ stories), and Seekers (stories about researchers). The videos are <30 seconds, and feature individuals with MS describing their strategies for living well with the disease.

Stories URL: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Personal-Stories
Organization or Project Description: About the National MS Society
First Stories Posted: 2013
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South Side Stories

South Side Stories is a combination community project and research project that, “aims to raise the voices of African American youth ages 13-24 living on the South Side of Chicago, and create an innovative body of social science research and education to better inform community members who work with youth.” The digital stories are produced in workshops attended by participants from a group of partner organizations, and the stories are used as both peer education and organizing tools and as data for research inquiry.

Stories URL: http://southsidestories.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: About Ci3, the Project's Sponsoring Organization
First Stories Posted: 2013
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True Stories About Domestic Violence

The Australian Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria hosts a set of written stories organized by different themes: stories from women, women in lesbian relationships, women with disabilities, young people, and men. Many of these written testimonials follow a similar structure, first describing experiences, then “How I coped,” “How the situation changed,” “What helped me,” and “What I would say to others.” The young people’s stories are linked out to a separate campaign, Love: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Stories URL: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/stories
Organization or Project Description: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Home
First Stories Posted: 2011
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1 in 3

The 1 in 3 campaign takes its name from the statistic that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during their lifetime. It collects written and video testimonials by women who have had abortions, and describes its rationale as so: “By encouraging women who have had abortions to end their silence, share their stories, and start a new and more personal conversation about abortion in our society, the 1 in 3 Campaign will help create a more enabling cultural environment for the policy and legal work of the abortion rights movement.” The campaign is a project of Advocates for Youth, an organization focused on reproductive and sexual health for young people in the US and globally. The written stories are aggregated into a book.

Stories URL: http://www.1in3campaign.org/en/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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I’m a Mormon

The Mormon church produces an annual set of “I’m a Mormon” videos, in which a combination of ordinary and famous Mormons tell the story of their lives and their faith. The videos have a high production value and do a nice job of personalizing a faith that is not universally well understood. The stories can be accessed through both the Mormon video channel and through a Searchable Archive of Mormon Testimonials of Mormon testimonials.

Stories URL: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/categories/im-a-mormon?lang=eng
Organization or Project Description: Mormon Church Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Meet a Scientologist

The Scientology Video Channel features a “Meet a Scientologist” collection of short testimonial videos, sortable by country and occupation. In the aggregate, the videos give a sense of the wide variety of people that are Scientologists.

Stories URL: http://www.scientology.org/videos/category/beliefs-and-practices/dianetics-angie.html#/videos/world-map
Organization or Project Description: Scientology Video Channel Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Stories of Hope

The American Cancer Society, under the “Find Support and Treatment” tab of its website, offers a collection of “Stories of Hope” from cancer survivors. The stories are written as profiles, and typically tell the story of a survivor’s diagnosis and treatment. The articles contain links to information relevant to the story, including cancer types, treatments, and side effects, and more relevant links are included in a static sidebar that appears next to each story.

Stories URL: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/storiesofhope/
Organization or Project Description: American Cancer Society Support and Research Page
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Freedom to Marry

The marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry collects stories from same-sex couples in the US, especially from states in which same-sex unions are not legal. The stories, told as photoessays, have vibrant and intimate photos, and are prominently featured in the organization’s communications.

Stories URL: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/story
Organization or Project Description: Freedom to Marry Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is a collection of personal experience narratives about the effects of US immigration policies on families. The collection is a project of the well-respected Center for Community Change, and is described, on the story collection website, as “encourag[ing] people to share their personal stories and empower[ing] them by building a community to advocate for immigration reform.” Stories are contributed by affiliated organizations, and website visitors can also create and upload their own videos. The collection includes both English and Spanish-language stories.

Stories URL: http://www.keepingfamiliestogether.net/immigrant-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2013
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You Can Go

You Can Go is a collection of video narratives told by students who overcame financial obstacles that can keep students from attending college. The stories are featured prominently on the You Can Go website, a campaign that resulted from a partnership between the College Board and The Education Conservancy. Each video is broken into shorter snippets, and the highlights of each student’s story is summarized in text. Site visitors can sort the stories by key obstacles to college access, including cost and grades. The College Board later incorporated some of these stories into their College Board’s Big Future campaign.

Stories URL: http://youcango.collegeboard.org/stories
Organization or Project Description: NY Times Article about the Project
First Stories Posted: 2011
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