GUIDELINE NO.6: Frames & Framing: Learn to break it and build one

When you are communicating you will frame, when you are framing, you will communicate.

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Framing is a process. Framing comes naturally when you are communicating, e.g., writing, drawing, speaking, etc., which sometimes is strategically designed to call for action. A frame is an organization of selective perception towards a particular reality.

In other words, a frame helps an audience to understand a particular situation in a particular way. In our daily life, we experience framing at all times, from different media outlets, for example, advertisement, movies, political campaigns, news, etc. (please see Guideline No. 2 and 4 for more iMekong’s factsheets on frames and framing). Read More

GUIDELINE NO.5: Quote it right and with the right quote

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The primary function of quotation is to represent exact languages and wordings that come from somebody else. Quotation is also used when you (the author) cannot represent or paraphrase in any way better than the original source. It is crucial to incorporate quotes in your story at the right place and time, and with the right quote, to help empower your argument. Read More

Photovoice

Conceptualizing, Capturing and Empowering Communities with the Participatory Photography

Many rules and tips are available online for any individual beginners or professional photographers learning how to take ‘a good photo‘. Including for someone to learn to get more creative about taking a better and more powerful photo by breaking the rules.

However, a photovoice is quite different. It is usually created by community members who would like to create an alternative narrative of a certain socio-political, cultural and environmental issue. Ultimately, a photovoice is a process used to empower a local community, and as a tool to reach out to policymakers – thus to make a social change at the community and policy level. Read More

Yes, You can improve writing skills

When you have a story idea that you want to write, the best thing you can do is go for it! People write for different reasons and purposes, some people write to express themselves, but some people write to make an impact on their lives or others.

To convey a particular message in a story to bring about a social change is such a craft that an author needs to pay attention, to practice and to do an experiment with words. Here are some tips for writers to improve their work and keep them in mind while crafting a powerful story.

Get your idea out, organize it and then go with the flow! Read More