The Digital Storytelling Tool

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About

„Digital Storytelling“ is a modern way of presenting multimedia stories on a web-based platform. Since 2012, more and more stories have been told in this way. The most well-known examples are “Snow Fall” from the NY Times and “Firestorm” by The Guardian. The stories show us what is possible in a new age of media coverage, where various aspects of a story can be presented through a combination of words, audios, images and videos.

Inspired by these multimedia pioneers, Codevise and WDR developed their own tool for digital storytelling: Pageflow. In contrast to its predecessors, Pageflow can be used again and again, no matter what story is being told. Journalists can therefore focus on the content and no longer have to deal with the technical side of things. Pageflow operates like a micro content management system (CMS), which is specially developed to present a story in full screen and integrate audios, videos, text and pictures into a flowing narrative.

Multimedia

Pageflow combines videos, pictures, audios and text to form interactive stories.

Responsive

Pageflow is responsive. It displays stories in an optimal form on desktop PC's and mobile devices.

Teamwork

Editorial teams can sign up for several user accounts and can therefore easily work together on their stories.

open source

Pageflow is available as an open source version under MIT-License.

Examples

Some exciting stories, told with Pageflow

A story by Global Motion

"Every day Europe consumes vast amounts of fossil fuels. A huge new gas pipeline is being planned to ensure this continuous supply of hydrocarbons. Yet fossil fuels have a devastating effect on people and the climate. The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline would be no exception."

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A story by Rebekka Plies

Already more then 150.000 people arrived on Greek territory by sea in 2016 In 2015 more then 856.000 refugees arrived on the shores of Greece by boat. Hundreds of volunteers from all around the world try to help those in need every day.

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A story by Björn Steinz

Praque based photographer Björn Steinz (Panos Pictures) uses Pageflow for a longterm photo documentary about five different Roma communities in Slovakia. Chapter one takes us to "Ostrovany", where a wall was erected in 2009 to divide private properties from the neighbouring Roma settlement.

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A story by Robert Bosch Stiftung

Will the next Einstein come from Africa? Many young African scientists only wait for their turn to take the global scientific stage. A first opportunity to do just that was the Next Einstein Forum of the Robert Bosch Stiftung because in order to unfold the scientific potential of the continent, Africa needs more than clever minds.

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A story by WDR

From the killing fields of a civil war to a provincial German city: Three generations of the Kurdish Haso family fled from Syria to Dortmund. Now they are learning German, combating bureaucracy and acclimatizing to their new environment. A team from WDR accompanied them for a whole year.

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A story by Nextmedia Hamburg

"Hamburg is a hotspot in the German start-up scene. The strong and diversified economic structures as well as a lively start-up ecosystem provide a good basis for successfully implementing ideas. With a start-up rate of 2,36 percent*, Hamburg is Germany's second highest state in terms of start-up activity.

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A story by Eric Mülling

The weak protest against mass surveillance through foreign and national intelligence services in Germany comes as a surprise. Most people do not really believe that they possess any information worth gathering. But does insensitive data still exist? This story is part of a research project at the University of Potsdam.

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A story by Deginvest

„What drives our customers? What do they value in their working relationship with us? And what do they want to achieve together with us?“ These were the questions „Deginvest“ asked their customers while travelling through southern Africa.

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A story by Toneelhuis

Interview with director Guy Cassiers for „Toneelhuis“, a big theatre in Antwerp. Guy Cassiers is known for mixing video projection and acting on stage. This is one of the reasons why this interview, rich in imagery, works properly as a Pageflow.

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Pageflow in detail



User-Management

Every client has an integrated user administration and can choose the front-end theme.

Media-Management

Upload pictures, videos and audio files directly with ease. Files are automatically encoded into the correct formats.

WYSIWYG-Editor

The Pageflow-editor provides a live preview (WYSIWYG) and is easy to handle, even for users with little technical know-how.

Modular

The modular structure of Pageflow allows a continuous adding of new types of pages and features.

Accessible

The no-frills design and the use of HTML5 instead of Flash, makes it possible to view the reports on almost all modern devices.

Advantages

The main aim of Pageflow is to merge various multimedia elements. In combination with its full screen format, it gives you a great storytelling experience.

How can I use Pageflow?

Open Source

The source code of Pageflow is available via GitHub. Anyone can view, download and contribute to it.

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