Panel 1: Audience Engagement Beyond The Boundaries: Re-Shaping Storytelling for Inclusion
Grace Quantock, Linus Harrison and Shirish Kulkarni
This panel explores underrepresented aspects of inclusion in storytelling; trauma-informed working, visual thinking and how we formulate news storytelling as a whole. These considerations are essential because during the pandemic, climate crisis, increasing racist violence and polarised conversations more and more people are disengaging from mainstream media. When audiences are disengaged, they can’t take action as citizens of a democracy. Disengaged and disempowered people can be vulnerable to predatory misinformation, whether through literature that promotes dangerous stereotypes or normalises abusive narratives or through skewed and harmful news stories.
In Trauma-Toggle: Mental Health Informed Media Delivery, Grace Quantock looks at trauma-informed digital delivery and how it can be an essential but all too often overlooked part of publishing inclusion. In Between The Lines: Visual Storytelling for Inclusion, Linus Harrison explores visual thinking as a neurodivergent researcher and why it is designing to include neurodivergent audiences is essential in emerging publishing design. In Telling News Stories Differently, Shirish Kulkarni looks at news storytelling and how neuroscience, anthropology, community and care can help us create newsrooms that are truly inclusive fit for the future.