alternative storytelling

Poynter Results

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    6 non-traditional ways to tell stories

    Standalone alternative story forms (ASF) do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them. Like a standalone photo or graphic, the standalone ASF needs to be a complete story. It might be all the reader will see about the topic, particularly in print media.

    Typically, a standalone ASF begins with some introductory text. This is similar to the lead on a news story, but it can be more conversational in tone. Direct address, such as, "Here's what you need to know," often works well.

    Here are some examples:

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    6 alternative story forms that can stand alone

    Standalone alternative story forms (ASF) do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them. Like a standalone photo or graphic, the standalone ASF needs to be a complete story. It might be all the reader will see about the topic, particularly in print media.

    Typically, a standalone ASF begins with some introductory text. This is similar to the lead on a news story, but it can be more conversational in tone. Direct address, such as, "Here's what you need to know," often works well.

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    5 stories that can be told with alternative story forms

    Standalone alternative story forms (ASF) do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them. Like a standalone photo or graphic, the standalone ASF needs to be a complete story. It might be all the reader will see about the topic, particularly in print media.

    Some opportunities are more ripe for a standalone ASF than others. One editor said that any story assignment that makes reporters roll their eyes is a good candidate for an alternative approach. Here are some stories that can be told with an alternative form.

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    6 hybrid story forms that engage readers

    Non-traditional news story forms go by many names: charticles, non-narratives, storytelling devices, alternative story forms, ASFs and alts, among others. Some stand alone as a story, and some are supplemental: forms that clarify, complement and explain information in a traditional news story. And some can either stand alone or complement the story.

    Here are some hybrid forms, with tips on how to use them effectively.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    10 ways to engage readers with alternative story forms

    Non-traditional news story forms go by many names: charticles, non-narratives, storytelling devices, alternative story forms, ASFs and alts, among others. Some stand alone as a story, and some are supplemental: forms that clarify, complement and explain information in a traditional news story.

    Here's a look at some supplemental forms, with tips on how to use them effectively.

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Creating Alternative Story Forms

    They go by many names: charticles, non-narratives, storytelling devices, alternative story forms, ASFs and alts, among others. They're also changing the ways journalists work together. Why use Alternative Story Forms? Some of the many benefits that alternative formats offer are that they:

  • Article

    Storytelling experiment: Quartz publishes internal conversation

    Your newsroom surely has been through the drill: an editor reaches out to some folks with an idea for a story. The cc line grows and grows as "stakeholders” chime in. By the end of the thread (or the day), you have a treatise on proposed subject.

    But no story.

Email IconGroup 3Facebook IconLinkedIn IconsearchGroupTwitter IconGroup 2YouTube Icon