Photography and New Storytelling Platforms

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In the last years we have seen the emergence of new platforms allowing image makers to combine words, still and moving images into beautiful self-published stories and connect them organically to different communities.

These storytelling platforms such as Medium, Atavist, and Rockefeller Foundation's toolkit platform for storytellers Hatch help image makers, journalists, but also nonprofits and other social impact organizations to use the power of narrative and networks to increase their reach, resources, and impact.

What can we learn from these empowering tools and how do and will they shape the future of visual storytelling?

Moderated by Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer at Media Storm. Panelists: Evan Ratliff, CEO and Co Founder of Atavist; Erich Nagler, Founding Art Director of Medium; and Jay Geneske, Director of Digital at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Presented by Studio55 | @st55nyc.

Brian Storm | @BrianStorm

Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York. MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives on the human condition, offers advanced multimedia training seminars and collaborates with a diverse group of clients ranging from international corporations to individual photojournalists and artists. MediaStorm's stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including five Webby Awards, four Emmys, five Online Journalism Awards, and the first-ever duPont Award for a Web-based production. Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. Storm led Corbis' global strategy for the news, sports, entertainment, and historical collections, and he directed the representation of world-class photographers for assignment work with a focus on creating in-depth multimedia products. From 1995 to 2002, Storm was the first director of multimedia at, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography, and video elements of the site. In October of 1998, he created MSNBC's The Week in Pictures to showcase visual journalism in new media, a forerunner of the photography galleries that have become a standard offering of all major content sites today.

Evan Ratliff | @ev_rat

Evan Ratliff is an American journalist and author. He is CEO and co-founder of Atavist, a media and software company. Ratliff is an award-winning journalist for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he has been a contributing editor for over a decade. His 2009 Wired story "Vanish," about his attempt to disappear and the public's effort to find him, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for feature writing. He has been a finalist three times, as both writer and editor. His writing has appeared in numerous Best American anthologies, and he is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award. Evan also serves as the story editor for Pop-Up Magazine, the world's first live magazine, and co-hosts the Longform podcast.

Erich Nagler | @designmeans

Erich Nagler is a writer and designer based in New York City, currently the founding Art Director at Medium as well as Matter, the flagship publication of Medium. He holds a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons. Nagler was previously an Art Director at The New York Times, and Associate Art Director of Newsweek/The Daily Beast under editor Tina Brown. As a freelancer before that, Nagler worked as an Interactive Art Director at Travel+Leisure Magazine, Designer/Art Director on Paula Scher's team at Pentagram, and Book Designer at HarperCollins Publishers.

Prior to his freelance practice, Nagler was Assistant Art Director of Metropolis Magazine, finalist for the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and a Designer at Nest Magazine, winner of National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in 2000 and Outstanding Design in 2001. While at Nest, Nagler worked on a team to redesign Editor-in-Chief Joseph Holtzman's showpiece estate in upstate New York. In addition, he completed a six-month residency in Helsinki, Finland, where he worked as part of the Anteeksi design collective. Now, in addition to The New York Times, Nagler continues to maintain his freelance design practice and independent studio, and is Creative Director of the queer-nerd journal FAQNP. He is also at work on an illustrated novel.

Jay Geneske | @jgeneske | @RockefellerFdn

Jay Geneske is the Director of Digital at The Rockefeller Foundation. Jay directs the Foundation's digital strategy to engage internal and external audiences, champion organization-wide collaboration and knowledge sharing, deliver data that informs organization decisions, and pioneer new ways to hear and share innovative ideas and perspectives on serving the needs of poor or vulnerable people in a time of rapid change.

Geneske previously served as the Director of Online Communications for Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed capital and support to early-stage social entrepreneurs. He has also served in digital and brand strategy roles in the cultural sector, including Carnegie Hall, Shedd Aquarium, and Steppenwolf Theatre. His work has been featured in The New York Times, AdAge, Crain’s, Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Geneske holds two bachelor's degrees from Drake University and is currently enrolled in the global affairs graduate certificate program at New York University.