7 ways medium can help you tell your story

Medium Tips. From the internet.

At the 2016 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, students are creating multimedia stories about global migration. It is my job to figure out how we can make the most impact with our product, and how their stories can reach a larger audience.

That’s why we decided on using Medium and creating a digital publication where their stories will not only be collected, but also cross linked with each other. We hope this helps readers see how our own cultural stories overlap and that we exist not in isolation, but within a globally connected world.

The problem is, not many people here have used Medium or know what the heck it can even do.

Most people like myself forget that even the easiest, most user friendly platforms can be intimidating and downright confusing for those who don’t use them, see the need to use them, and/or understand their value.

aka. why we don’t just make a Myspace

Instead of writing an extensive post about how to address this, I figured the internet probably already did this for me. And instead of giving you all a list of 69 links to every guide on the internet, why not find the coolest and most simple explanation tips and post them in one story? Who knows. Maybe others would want to use this as well?

But first things first: the media is only as important as the way the media is being used!

Snowfall changed the way digital journalism was done. That doesn’t mean every good multimedia story needs to be Snowfall. The most important part of multimedia storytelling is the storytelling, not the media.

This 2013 article by Bobbie Johnson is ESSENTIAL READING!!!!! and still relevant

But anyway. Here are my tips:

1. TimelineJS to create horizontal content

With TimlineJS, you can customize what appears and what doesn’t on the timeline. The best part? If you know how to enter data into a spreadsheet, you can make a timeline. Pretty rad!

go to timeline.knightlab.com to learn how

2. Use StorymapJS to make interactive maps that tell stories horizontally.

This can also be used without the map function and just be used as a way to show multiple forms of media in a slideshow. Knightlabs rule!

3. Use GIFs to add animated content to quickly get your point across.

Just download a gif and upload like a picture. It will automatically animate and make your story pop. I like to use GIFs to illustrate ideas, feelings, etc. that reflect the point I am making with text.

Or sometimes I just like them because they make me happy. Like Michael Scott. He makes me happy.

see? Now you are laughing. If not, it isn’t the GIF’s fault.

4. Share your draft will others for feedback and to see how it looks when published

you can do this and then publish later

You can then have a person leave you highlights and notes for feedback. Only the author can see these notes, and can reply to them.

5. Make an image a link to somewhere on the internet

Medium has a slew of commands that can be used to do some cool things

6. Upload multiple photos at once to create a grid, automatically


Credit to Emily Marks for figuring this out for me. I should have followed the next tip myself.

7. Embed a responsive survey or poll with Wedgies

You can only do on question per poll, but if you want an active engagement on one question or important concept, this is a good one to use!

8. Every other Medium tip you need. Seriously. Just read this. Please.

What better place to get tips than from the source?