I recently went on my third trip with Gent4Humanity, the non-profit refugee support organization I volunteer with. On this trip we provided first aid and other support to refugees living in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris.
Next to doing the actual volunteering, I think that sharing my experiences with whatever audience I have in order to raise awareness is an important part of supporting the refugees. I shared a series of Instagram posts that summarized the trip. Rather than recreate the same message in a different format to share here, I thought I would just share the actual Instagram posts:
Not to detract from the main message of this post, but I also want to say that sometimes it is hard for me to decide which is the best medium to tell the story I want to tell. I tend to view my blog and my Instagram account as related, but I don’t overlap content too frequently.
I’d love to hear from other writers who use both blogging (or other online and/or print publishing platforms) and Instagram about how they determine which medium to use, if not both, for their variety of content. I spent years working in direct marketing, so I understand the concepts behind multi-channel marketing and storytelling, but I don’t think there is one right answer for every story and every storyteller on multi-channel use, and that is what makes it a fun and creative art form.
I’ve been inspired lately by some National Geographic photographers I follow on Instagram who are telling some really powerful stories there while working on assignments for the magazine. I like this method of telling an ongoing story as the research and investigation is taking place, while working toward a final published piece. Additionally, the combination of photography and written story – I guess we call that photojournalism 😉 – really works for me. Maybe for that reason, while the field experience of this trip was still fresh to me, Instagram felt like the right way to tell this particular story.