Vital Stories Interactive

Vital Voices describes their mission as to “to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.” The organization features many stories of such extraordinary women (see also Vital Voices), and this interactive site encourages visitors to explore individual women’s stories in greater depth. Each ‘featured voice’ includes a video, slideshow of captioned photos, and links to related content.

Stories URL: http://stories.vitalvoices.org
Organization or Project Description: Vital Voices Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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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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Transformed Lives

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The campus-ministry organization, CCO, has a collection of over 300 personal profiles on its website, accessible via a button to “Read About Transformed Lives.” The collection displays individuals’ personal photos and full names with first-person quotations; their name is hyperlinked and leads to a longer profile of the individual’s experience with CCO and subsequent life trajectory. These profile are written in reportage-style third-person, and they cover nearly a fifteen-year period. The organization also has a small collection of Transformed Lives Testimonial Videos.

Stories URL: http://ccojubilee.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: Coalition for Christian Outreach Home
First Stories Posted: 2001
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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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Clinical Research Trials and You

The National Institutes of Health features a collection of stories on their website by people who have participated in clinical trials. The stories vary in media (some are written, many are video, one is audio), and also vary in production quality, with some professionally shot mini documentaries and other fairly basic interview videos and written profiles. The stories demystify clinical trials and explain the health and other benefits that come from participating. Note that the volunteer stories are more personal than the researcher stories, which are lower on the linked page.

Stories URL: http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/stories/
Organization or Project Description: NIH's Clinical Trials Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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The Village Church

The Village Church of Texas, a church with a robust web presence, hosts a collection of personal stories from members about their journey to faith and the church. The stories are gathered by a volunteer “Stories Team,” (see Village Church Stories Team Application Form) though they all have a high production value. Stories are told in audio, video, and text and image, and reflect personal spiritual experiences.

Stories URL: http://www.thevillagechurch.net/flower-mound/about-us/stories-of-life-change/audio-stories/
Organization or Project Description: Home Page of the Village Church
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Achievement First

Achievement First, a network of public charter schools, maintains a “Profiles” area in the About Us section of its website, which contains primarily written profiles, separated by category (Teachers and Leaders, Students, Parents, Alumni, Network Support, Operations, and Diversity and Inclusion). Each category contains a small set of profiles; these profiles are typically stories of how the person profiled came to be part of Achievement First. In addition to the biographical profiles, all people within each category are asked two common questions. Parents, for example, are asked to describe their favorite aspect of Achievement First and their proudest moment at Achievement First. There are also a few videos sprinkled among these profiles, which are from the organization’s video collection.

Stories URL: http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/profiles/teachers-leaders/#
Organization or Project Description: About the Organization
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Voices and Faces

The Voices and Faces Project describes itself as “a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence.” The project holds writing workshops in which survivors of sexual violence write and share testimonials. Some of these testimonials are edited into profiles, which are then contributed into an archive of survivor stories. The initiative regularly collates stories into substantial collections (e.g., a book, an audio documentary) and into public exhibits. The stories are integrated into the website of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Stories URL: http://www.voicesandfaces.org/
Organization or Project Description: Voices and Faces Mission
First Stories Posted: 2005
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Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools is a national education nonprofit, and they have an impressive collection of “success stories.” Most are written profiles, but several have been turned into videos and are prominently featured on the organization’s web site. There are stories of both students and site coordinators, and the collection has quite a few stories, which have tags and categories assigned to them, so that visitors can search the site by stories about particular categories of people, locations, and/or certain services provided by Communities in Schools. The stories are also interesting examples of the integration of personal stories with more quantitative data, as each has a location-specific data point attached to it.

Stories URL: http://www.communitiesinschools.org/our-results/success-stories/
Organization or Project Description: Communities in Schools Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2010
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