True Stories: Beyond The Bubble

Datum: 16/05/2019 - 18/05/2019
Tijd: Hele dag

Locatie: Pakhuis de Zwijger

Between May 16-18 Stichting Verhalende Journalistiek (Narrative Journalism Foundation) will host its annual conference True Stories in Amsterdam at Pakhuis de Zwijger. This year’s theme for the conference will be “Beyond The Bubble”.
The Bubble

In these times marked by protests, polarizing politics, and prejudice; the power of the narrative is more apparent than ever. Storytelling can bring us together or drive us apart. At our 9th conference on narrative journalism, we join boundary-breaking journalists from all over the globe, to examine how we can use our storytelling tools to navigate a fragmented landscape of narrative bubbles.


Going Beyond The Bubble

How can we invite our audiences to listen rather than judge, and how do we immerse ourselves and others in worlds and narratives that are difficult to access or comprehend? Should we be more critical of amplifying certain voices, or should we approach each narrative with an open mind? How do we deal with divisive stories? And what can we gain from pushing the boundaries of our role as journalists?

This year’s programming

This year’s conference will include masterclasses, panel discussions, and some incredible speakers. The conference will start on Thursday May 16 with a series of industry workshops and a thrilling debate on the illusive line between journalism and storytelling. On Friday May 17, some of Europe’s leading experts on narrative journalism will host sessions in which they discuss their own experiences, approaches and latest productions.

Amongst them we have writer and educator Mimi Lok (Voices of Witness), podcaster Hana Walker Brown (These Roads), and photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Postcards from Donetsk).

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed will close this year’s True Stories with a very special bonus-lecture on Saturday May 18.


Will you join us in Amsterdam on May 16 to 18 to get inspired and take your narrative beyond the bubble?

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