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Our 9 Favorite Multimedia Storytelling Platforms for 2018

It's like BookTV, but better.

A Story To Tell

Fear not, doomsayers, the art of storytelling isn’t dead – it’s just evolving, perhaps for the better. Multimedia storytelling platforms and apps aimed at journalism, social impact inspiration, education, and entertainment are proving that immersive, beautiful narrative works are now easier to produce than ever. Here are some of our favorites.

Sequel

Historically, robots aren’t known for their storytelling abilities, but a new generation of bots are trying to change that. Sequel helps you create interactive storytelling bots for messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, Kik, and Telegram.

Atavist

If any modern media house is redefining longform journalism, Brooklyn-based The Atavist began life as a monthly collection of stunning, interactive long-form journalism. They’ve since pivoted to offer their software platform for both professional and personal use. To see what The Atavist is capable of, dig into this whopper on New York City’s flood risk, complete with infographics, video interviews, and historical pictures.

Twine

Want to create a “Choose Your Own Adventure” for the 21st-century? Twine is an open-source platform that will help you build non-linear stories with a distinctly game-like vibe.

Steller

Who says the digital revolution spells the death of the book? The flipbook design of free iOS app Steller is ideal for smartphone viewing and allows for artful layering of text on top of photos and short video clips. Check out this story of an adventure through Welsh mountain Cader Idris.

Story Maps

A good map has enriched entertainments like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lord of the Rings. So why not go geo with your next multimedia storytelling piece? Story Maps will make it happen.

Hatch

The Rockefeller Center’s social good storytelling platform Hatch emphasizes the brass tacks of an impactful story. From strategy to evaluation, Hatch guides social impact organizations through the content crafting process, and it seems to be working – they’ve already attracted partners from TIME to Facebook to the US State Department to date.

Medium

If Twitter made communications microscopic, consider Medium the equal and opposite reaction from Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Now over five years old, the cross-platform and share-friendly blogging platform has become a new age multimedia storytelling publisher of sorts.

Shadow Puppet

Designed for the classroom, iOS app Shadow Puppet allows users to combine photos and videos, record voiceover and add music, overlay text, and even add images from educational vanguards like the Library of Congress and Met Museum.

iBooks Author

How could we ignore Apple’s place in the multimedia storytelling sphere? iBooks Author’s interface is unsurprisingly beautiful, and boasts interactive diagram and 3D capabilities for the more ambitious digital book publishers. Drag-and-drop customization and template options mean iBooks Author is easy to use for storytellers of any digital skill level.

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