Held in Morgantown on June 16 and 17, New Story 2017 is a two-day festival of workshops, screenings, demos and spitballing about media, DIY placemaking, communications, tech, entrepreneurship, organizing, dreaming big and rabble-rousing in Appalachia.
With sessions planned around tech and media innovation, film and photography, creative placemaking, the brand of Appalachian cuisine and how to launch DIY media outlets, New Story brings together hundreds of the region’s most creative, hardworking and dynamic people to Morgantown to share ideas, network, celebrate and hatch new plans.
New Story is free to attend. To learn more and register, visit newstory17.splashthat.com
New Story is hosted by the West Virginia Community Development Hub, in partnership with the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.
The inspiration for the first New Story, in 2016, was to give a platform to all the positive, optimistic and progressive things that were happening in the region.
The Hub knows that there are innovative people doing extraordinary things here. And they have complete disregard for the preconceived notions and stereotypes about what is happening in West Virginia, and the kind of people that live and work here.
But, we believe that their stories often get overlooked in favor of the dominant narrative in the region of poverty, struggle and decline. The message of New Story is that if you are smart, ambitious, creative and eager to build something new, there is a whole community of people here ready to help you.
To register, and learn more about the lineup of sessions and participants,
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
- Unveiling the New West Virginia Online News Association
- Data Visualization for Journalists
- How to Start Your Own Festival
- How Newsrooms Can Use Facebook Live
- The Huntington Party Effect – How this rebounding city is using arts, music and culture as an economic development strategy.
- The Pittsburgh Session – Meet the minds behind Create PGH and many of the city’s coolest and most engaging creative spaces and maker initiatives.
- Meet the Makers of OSAY.co – a new digital tool turning social media into targetted political advocacy.
- 100 Days Later – What does the American media really want to know about Appalachia?
- Introducing Eastern Kentucky’s Next Generation of Digital Storytellers
- Stealing Back The Brand of Appalachian Food.
- An Exhibition of Photos By Some of Appalachia’s Best Photographers.
- The Poster Art of Huntington’s Incomparable Jimbo Valentine
- The New Story Knees Up – an early evening happy hour sponsored by Chestnut Brew Works, Pubstomper, Big Timber Brewing and Generation Morgantown.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
- Pump Up The Volume – Local independent radio, by WTSQ Charleston
- Introducing Mountain Tech Media – a new model of media startup
- L.I.O.N. Publishers Explore The Best New Local, Independent and Online Media Outlets
- Women Who Run For Office
- How to Make a Podcast
- How To Start Your Own Micro-Cinema.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Video Logging (Vlogging)
- The Resurgence of Elk City
- How The Wolpertinger Reinvented Nonprofit Storytelling
- Highland Outdoors and The New Gang of West Virginia’s Adventure Filmmakers and Photographers
- Photographer Rebecca Drobis Presents Her Work From The Blackfeet Reservation of Montana