Digital Storytelling 1

From 2012-16, I was Project Coordinator/Postdoctoral Researcher/Faculty Associate for the Cancer’s Margins study. Part of my job was to work with study participants and their data, LGBT2Q people who were diagnosed and treated for breast or gynecologic cancer. Over 100 participants were interviewed about their experiences of treatment and care, and the sorts of knowledge that were most meaningful to them, especially with regard to treatment decision-making. After their interview had been transcribed, participants in two Canadian cities were invited to create a digital story over a weekend workshop, assisted by a mentor.

In the mid-1980s, I attended a video making workshop at Video Inn, led by Sara Diamond. The class met weekly for three months – we worked with other students to create our (often) first video production. Mine was Scars. My partner at the time has slashed her arms as a way of externalizing pain; I simply wanted to talk to other people who had slashed about their experiences. Scars was shown in numerous festivals internationally and even won a few awards (Best Student Documentary, Yorkton Golden Sheaf) and I was a documentary maker.

Interviewing – research vs doc.

teaching beginning students – like digital storytelling – genre.

What then, is the difference in potential knowledge contribution between an in-depth open-ended interview and a digital story created by the same person?