Let's Develop Your Story, effectively

Howdy my dear Indian Ocean friends,
In this competition you only had two minutes to tell your audience what they need to know about the given topics: how would you say it?
Let’s exercise!
This activity will force you to identify what critical details need to be included, and eliminate other details that aren’t relevant to your story. In short, this activity also builds your confidence as a tsunami awareness communicator and give respect for your audience’s time.
So, let’s get started writing a 2-minute story for your submission.

STEP 1: Identify

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It’s helpful to do some initial planning before jumping straight into writing. Please consider: who is your audience, what is the main message you want your audience to know? Can you articulate it in a single sentence? It will be helpful if you start with historical tsunami event data in your area. You can start looking for local news archive, digging to your national disaster management agency website and (maybe) find some statistics from before and after the tsunami event to emphasize the importance of your video. If you’re feeling stuck, use you can use tools like miro or mural to help you plan what kind of components that will matter with your audience.

STEP 2: Storyboard or Storyline


Now that you have an initial plan sorted out, what details do you need to include to support it? Use the following storyboarding exercise to create a visual outline of your content, this activity will give you a plan in structuring your story. No need to worry, your drawing doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a doodle to help you anticipate unnecessary things that may come up in your production phase.

STEP 3: Your Big Plan

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Consider your chosen audience. Will you start with your main point or do you need to lead up to it? If you’re feeling stuck, use these questions to consider how you might organize the details in your story:

  • Is your audience familiar with this topic?
  • Do you anticipate they will respond the recommended action?
  • Are there any biases which may make your audience resistant to the message?
  • Did they ask for your video or will you need to convince them why they should care?

STEP 4: Write

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On a blank piece of paper (or your preferred word processing tool), write out your 2-minute story. Your end result should have the critical details in support of your main message and should be tailored to your specific audience.


Hopefully, you can find your niche and  all of the important details before you start video production. So, please take advantage of the new submission deadline to structure your two minutes video.

STEP 5: Have Fun!!

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