Week 9 (15/10): Stories on socials

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How do you find stories on social media?

How do you tell stories on social media?

The answers to these questions change depending on the platform.

The answers also change over time.

The way people use each platform changes and evolves. If you don’t believe me, when was the last time you threw a sheep at someone on Facebook?

The way the algorithm works also changes. Currently, Facebook Live videos are preferenced over other videos.

The best way to learn how to find and tell stories on social media is to be able to research, experiment, and learn as you go. That’s what we’ll be doing today.

TASK: Find and publish a story on social media

STEP 1
Choose a social media platform to find your story.

Here are some guides for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, but feel free to choose a different platform.

TikTok is one of my favourites tbh. Here are a few story ideas from there if you’re keen:

@shinanova

Being taught by a professional throat singer ✨ @kayuulanova #motheranddaughter #throatsinging #inuit #culture

♬ original sound – Shina Nova

STEP 2
Look for stories.

Not sure how to start identifying stories? Read this first.

MUST DO: Pitch your idea to your teacher

STEP 3
Research and verify.

Make contact with the relevant people, and approach them for an interview. (This can be done entirely by DM.)

Make sure you seek out additional sources for your story. (eg. The TikTok one about Bunny the dog, you could look for academics studying pet communication, or you could contact a vet who specialises in such things.)

MUST DO: Tell your teacher about your story progress.

STEP 4
Make the story.

Decide where you will publish it. For example, you might choose to write a WordPress post, which you share on Facebook with a catchy headline. Or you might make a short and simple video story that you post to Instagram. Or you might do a live video story on Facebook.

MUST DO: Tell your teacher about where you want to publish it.

Now, write.

And publish.

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