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New Video: The Women’s Refugee Commission Then and Now – A Board Chair Emerita’s Reflections

May 6, 2014

Judy Mayotte, Women’s Refugee Commission Board Chair Emerita, shares early memories of her involvement with the organization, and the transformative effect our work has on the lives of displaced women and children in war zones. Learn more at

Bringing My Father Home (Through Audio): How I Made #Southern242

January 24, 2014

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About Southern Flight 242

When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.

After I decided to make a radio story about the crash, I often wondered if it was the best choice as my first big project as a new radio producer. It took far longer than I ever expected, in part because it was so personal. But I realized that if I couldn’t answer tough personal questions, how could I expect others to do the same?

The initial kernel of the story idea came back in 1997 when I stumbled on an article in the in the New York Times about the 20th anniversary of the Southern Flight 242 accident (my family somehow missed being invited). And then in 2012, fifteen years later, I happened to be in Georgia for a conference that was 70 miles from the crash site. The key event in those intervening years was participating in the Transom Story Workshop. In Woods Hole, I learned much of what I needed to tell the story. I learned even more along the way. Read more…

How to Work with Professional Photographers at Your Organization’s Event

November 25, 2013
Photo of the Moth's Los Angeles Grand Slam by

Photo of the Moth’s Los Angeles Grand Slam by

Even in the age of digital video, good still photography is a vital part of your organization’s communications. Sure, you could buy a good camera for your staff to use or rely on participants to take cell phone photos to document your event. But good professional photography can make your work stand out in our media-saturated world. Sometimes you need to invest in the expertise of a professional photographer. A public event, like a fundraising dinner or a conference, is one of those occasions.

Based on my experience working with photographers over the years, I created a list of suggestions below. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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Five-Second Advocacy with Visual Images

June 26, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 7.53.45 PMPDTCheck out my recent presentation on visual communications for the SPIN Academy South. 

5 Key Relationships for Your Nonprofit…And the Tools and Tactics to Facilitate Them

March 29, 2013

Reposted from my post on the NTEN blog

String Theory of Community Organizing - Marta Evry, Venice for Change

Photo by Marta Evry

Has this happened to your nonprofit? One staff person or select members of the communications team are assigned to manage all of your organization’s social media. While this might make sense, it can be a lonely and complicated job speaking for an entire organization to the outside world.

Instead of siloing social media into “that stuff that so-and-so does,” what would a more integrated approach look like?

Since social media relies on social networks, let’s examine junctures in various organizational relationships where social media could be useful. Read more…

My Video for @EndIsolation: Immigration Detention Separates Families

February 28, 2013

This is a video I made for Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) using old audio “tape” from a conversation with someone in immigration detention. I was inspired by my colleague Bianca Giaever’s excellent video “The Scared is Scared” to use text and other images to illustrate the story.  Upworthy shared it which resulted in over 7,000 views!

The Intersection of Social Media Content Strategy & Radio Storytelling?

January 15, 2013

Venn-diagram2This Venn diagram (left) helps describe how my 2013 is starting out.

I’ve been learning more about the attributes of radio storytelling since attending the excellent Transom Story Workshop. As a result, I’ve been experimenting more with audio as part of social media content strategies with my clients.

And now coincidentally, I’ve just published two blog posts for these two different (but overlapping?) audiences. Check them out: