The Nine Network of Public Media offers digital storytelling training to individuals and organizations to help them tell and share their stories of impact. Through the Nine Academy, participants will develop 21st century communication skills and feel empowered to tell important stories about their communities. Nine Academy classes are intended to build capacity and increase pride in St. Louis communities; connect individuals and organizations to each other and to the larger St. Louis region; and empower individuals to get involved in their community and take action on issues that are important to them. Everyone has a story, and these stories inform our greater community.
Nine Academy participants are trained to use a small, digital handheld camera and video editing software to create a short (three minutes or less) video telling a story about community impact. Videos created by participants will be distributed on Nine’s many online distribution platforms. Visit our YouTube channel at youtube.com/nineacademy to get an idea of what our Community Producers have accomplished through Nine Academy.
Digital storytelling classes are 20 to 30 hours long and are scheduled during the daytime and evenings throughout the month. All Nine Academy classes take place at the Nine Network of Public Media located at 3655 Olive Street, in Grand Center.
If you are part of a nonprofit organization interested in taking a digital storytelling class, your organization can partner with The Nine Network of Public Media. The ideal participants will be from organizations that believe that continued use of digital storytelling will improve their overall effectiveness. These individuals can be staff, volunteers, board members, or youth (high school age or older).
If your organization is interested in participating in this project or if you have questions regarding Nine Academy, please contact Nine Academy Digital Media Instructor, Mike Pagano at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-512-9125.