Using Storytelling to Expand Your Magazine’s Reach, with Avie Olarte and David McKie
Many magazine writers and journalists face obstacles when gathering the essential elements for evocative storytelling. Where’s that essential document? How can I find that piece of data? How do I track down that important voice? Deadlines, lack of resources, the unwillingness of officials to communicate beyond canned, e-mailed correspondence are all realities that make things harder.
However, newsgathering is going through an under-reported shakeup, one that could also help your magazine. Governments are quietly releasing an ever-increasing trove of records including documents and data. While far from perfect, this is good news, especially for small magazines and media.
This discussion with Avie Olarte and David McKie will break down the strategies you can use to tell newsworthy stories that can resonate with audiences inside your communities or areas of interest — and beyond.
Avigail Marie Olarte is a Filipino storyteller, mentor, and community connector. As Here Magazine’s Community Engagement Director, she connects community partners, decision-makers, and stakeholders to address challenges newcomers face in Victoria.
Prior to coming to Canada, Avie specialized in producing narratives and investigative pieces, leading fact-checking teams, editing in various newsrooms, and holding media training for journalists and students.
David McKie is an Ottawa-based adjunct journalism professor, data-journalism trainer, and award-winning author who has co-authored three journalism textbooks and two user guides on the topics of access to information laws and privacy, and also worked for the CBC for 26 years.