The Digital Storytelling Tool

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„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.


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


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


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.


Some exciting stories, told with Pageflow

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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A story by Eric Makswitat

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 Thomas Senf

On our planet there are hardly any white spots. Everything has been explored, surveyed and documented. There are very few valleys that have never seen man, a mere few mountains where no one has set foot. Extreme climber Stephan Siegrist is heading out to unexplored summits.

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A story by by Tosin Sulaiman

In Nigeria, Ghana and Niger, around 75 per cent of children who leave school after five or six years are unable to read a sentence. There are on average 50 or more pupils per primary class in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo and Mali, compared to below 30 in European Union and OECD countries. Public schools are often not free, charging for uniforms, desks and textbooks.

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A story by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Experience passion for nature and birding with ZEISS and Simon King. All of Simon King`s projects share the same goal: to give nature its own voice, and bring the everyday miracles of the natural world to the wider public. By inspiring people’s interest in nature, he hopes to promote its conservation and protection.

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A story by Chika Oduah

Lukman's community, Bagega, was in crisis. Hundreds of children were dying. International health workers desperately wanted to come in to provide chelation therapy for lead poison, but before they could administer the treatment, the community needed to be completely cleaned of lead contamination.

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Pageflow in detail


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


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


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


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


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


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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