Storytelling in the digital age

Build the future

Our world is changing rapidly, but how do you deal with constant change? And is there a way to figure out the future of journalism hands-on? We believe there is. The solution is in learning by making, especially in interdisciplinary teams with code, design and storytelling skills.

We need to build the future. By building the future we’ll discover more quickly what works and what doesn’t. Through learning by doing and experimentation skills for web based storytelling will grow, confidence will increase and a new future proof practice in media and journalism will establish more quickly. So, let’s create a tsunami of experiments and become mad scientists.

“News organisations and journalists must cope with hundreds of first-time situations driven by technology at a pace unmatched in any other time in history. Novelty is the new normal.
Amy Webb, Nieman Lab

Hackastory developed a method for media professionals and organizations to innovate in digital storytelling. We developed projects in five countries on three continents. A the fourth continent is coming up: in October we’re going to Haiti. 

25 projects
40 concepts
6 hackathons
4 countries
3 continents

We had 350 participants with 20 nationalities. The attendees worked at Dutch national news outlets, such as NOS, RTL Nieuws, RTL Z and VPRO. Also from the Volkskrant, the leading newspaper in The Netherlands, VRT, the biggest broadcaster in Belgium, Nuba Reports (Sudan), 3Ayin (Sudan), YoungNation Media (Zimbabwe), The Daily Vox (South Africa) and Africa Check and Amabhungane, centres for investigative journalism in South Africa.

“From ideation to concrete and creative plans in a day. It’s refreshing and mind-blowing what can be done in short time.”
RTL Nieuws – The Netherlands

“You can feel your mind expanding as you’re working on your new product. It’s impressive to see and idea become reality. Within 48 hours we had a validated and tested digital prototype.”
Nuba Reports – Sudan


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We’re making a toolkit for digital storytelling.

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