Storytellers for Good

Do you tell good stories? Tell stories for good.

Storytellers for Good program supports students with skills in digital storytelling (written, photo, video, audio, and illustration/animation) to produce multimedia stories of social innovation at Brown through interviews with students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Their stories can be found on Swearer Sparks, a platform for stories of social innovation at Brown that launched in May 2014. 

About the Program

Students attend weekly editorial meetings in order to design and share progress on their projects. Production involves interviewing students and faculty across campus, as well as alumni working in the field. 

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Meet our 2013-14 Storytellers, Steph, Hillary, and Liza!

In addition to regular peer critique of their work, Storytellers are also connected to a powerful network of alumni and professionals working in the fields of media, storytelling, and social impact. These mentors lead workshops and serve as sounding boards for students as they sharpen their narrative voice and technical skills in digital storytelling.

Through their work, student storytellers have the opportunity to build a multimedia portfolio, gain exposure to a broad Brown audience, and work on an entrepreneurial and fast-paced team.

On finding a space to explore storytelling:

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On their favorite stories:

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On lessons learned:

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Campus Events

This year, the Swearer Center is hosting speakers and workshops on campus in order to explore the intersection of media and social impact. Please check back soon for more details!

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Video Above: The Art of the Interview and the Power of Storytelling in the Digital Age with Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook, an award-winning journalist and host of the WBUR program On Point, interviews some of the world’s most fascinating, controversial, and knowledgeable individuals five days a week, fifty weeks a year. In his first visit to Brown University, Tom discussed the art of creating a consistently powerful, honest, and resonant radio program that connects with listeners in an age of digital distractions. 

How to Apply

2014-15 Academic Year Position

Please note: applications for the academic year are closed at this time. Please contact if you have questions about the position. 

We’re looking for students who are committed to bettering communities and get goosebumps when they hear a good hook.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of excellent technical skills combined with the ability to identify and craft a strong narrative
  • Experience in writing/journalism, video production, audio production, photography, illustration/animation, or other forms of digital storytelling
  • Attention to accuracy, organizational details, and deadlines
  • Comfort interviewing subjects with sensitivity to content

Previous knowledge of the social change community at Brown and ownership of technical equipment are not required.

This is a year-long position. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

Tell Your Story

Do you have a story of social innovation to share on Swearer Sparks? Click here to learn more.

Thank You

Thank you to the generous support of the River Star Foundation, PhotoWings, and Ashoka U and their belief in the world-changing power of solutions-based storytelling.