My first serious attempt at digital storytelling post-college was circa 2000. Didn't get very far with it, and I was still using a Windows PC. Then, in November 2001, I bought my first Apple computer.
Ever since, I have enjoyed creating one digital story after another with the help of iLife, Aperture and other Mac-enabled software. I learn well from training videos, for example, those from lynda.com and LearnFlash.com. There have also been various multimedia courses from Sessions.edu, an accredited online Web design school based in New York City.
Please allow me in this space to share examples of my personal and work-related presentations created during the past decade.
The U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission hired me to work with its commissioners, staff, advisers and others to research, organize, draft, design and publish its final report to Congress in April 2010. Congress established ALBC, headquartered in Washington, to plan educational, public and legacy events to mark Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009.
I edited this 160-page, hardcover, coffee-table-style book while serving as communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), which published it to commemorate the CBC's historic two years of influence in Congress between 2006 and 2008. The book debuted at the annual awards dinner of the foundation's 38th Annual Legislative Conference in September 2008. Click here to learn more about the book.
The NABJ Founders Task Force is comprised of founders, past presidents and former longtime board members of the National Association of Black Journalists. The task force's leaders asked me to edit and design a publication featuring essays intended to inspire other journalists amid the industry's transformation. The task force released the document – "Reinvent Yourself: Essays From Those Who Have Been There and Done That" – at the 34th NABJ convention in Tampa in August 2009.