It’s 2 a.m.

I know this without looking at the clock, or out the window. I always wake up at 2 a.m.

Monty is lying next to me.

“Good morning sunshine,” he whispers coyly.

I roll over, and try to ignore him clawing at my back, tickling my spine in a way that sends shivers down my limbs. My eyes are clenched shut in a desperate attempt to fall back asleep, but I know it won’t work. It never does.

I claw at the duvet and pull myself into a cocoon, but the warmth of Monty’s foul breath beating onto…

Source: Snapchat

An interview with De’Graft Mensah

When Snapchat was first released back in 2011, it was primarily used for sending the ugliest selfies possible to your friends, knowing they’d only be able to see it for 10 seconds before it disappeared. Seven years and many selfies later, the app has developed to include features far beyond that of sending and receiving incriminating photos — and in turn, the demographic for Snapchat has expanded, too.

Nowadays everyone from Philip Schofield to DJ Khaled has a Snapchat account, allowing fans to view events in their everyday lives as they unfold. Furthermore, over time…

Quality content in the third sector

Having now worked with charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the past 18 months, I have seen first hand the impact that quality content-driven communication can have on development and social change.

Here are three different examples of content I’ve come across this past week that highlight how effective multimedia storytelling within the third sector can be:

1. “The billionth treatment for river blindness” — Graeme Robertson

Source: The Guardian

Although not commissioned directly by an NGO, this photo essay by Graeme Robertson praises the work Sightsavers has done in the battle against river blindness.

River blindness (also known as onchocerciasis) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD)…

That is the question (well — sort of).

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Twitter.

I made my first Twitter account when I was just 14. Seven years and 2.5k tweets later, I still use that account every. single. day. It’s an addiction — I just can’t stop scrolling. I often find myself on the iPhone app with no recollection of how I got there. It’s become kind of a second-nature, like making a cup of tea, or riding bike.

But, like any long-term relationship, Twitter and I have had our ups and downs over the years. At times I’ve sworn I’ll delete the app…

Considering law in the search for the perfect portrait

“Don’t you feel bad?”

That’s the question I was asked moments after taking a photo of a girl peering into our tuk-tuk in Pune, India.

“Bad?” I thought, “Why should I feel bad?”

“You haven’t asked her permission.”

It was true — I hadn’t asked her permission. In the mere seconds we paused in traffic, she had walked up to our tuk-tuk with flowers in her hand, and I quickly snapped a photo on the (already open) front-facing camera of my iPhone. As quickly as we had stopped, we were on the move again. …

My thoughts on Steller, the multimedia story-telling app

As someone who likes telling stories, enjoys making videos, and loves taking photos, I am an advocate for the power of multimedia storytelling. So when I heard about Steller, I was immediately intrigued, and couldn’t resist giving it a look…

“Everyone has a story to tell. Tell yours with photos, videos and text.” (Source: Steller)

What is Steller?

Steller is multimedia story-telling app for iOS and Android devices. Its simple user interface and pre-set layouts and themes make it easy for users of all technological capabilities to create aesthetically pleasing magazine-like narratives with photos, videos and text. …

April Waterston

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