The voice of every city is that of its citizens. In order to “capture” that voice, every person needs to be given the opportunity to share their story in an engaging low-barrier way. There are three major ways that libraries can support this learning: equipment, skills, and platform.
The Inspiration Lab at Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has recently completed the Capturing Vancouver citizen journalism project that taught community members the theory behind citizen journalism, put low-cost recording equipment into their hands, and provided the editing software and instructions to edit their very own video stories of the city. VPL is also able to provide hosting for the videos created during this project on the existing This Vancouver website, raising the voices of patrons’ stories and sharing them widely on an accessible, public, and secure website.