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Media Smart Citizens: Sharing Your Story

Sharing Your Story

Sharing your story brings it to life. On whichever medium you have chosen to share it, you are offering an opportunity for your audience to identify with, learn from, and be inspired by your craft. Storytelling allows one to share meaningful messages that connect with society, often, on a global scale. The same story can take shape in many forms. You can write a book, post a blog, or distribute audio or video recordings, all while using low-cost or free community resources such as the tools offered at your local library. 

With so many paths to follow in the pursuit of publishing, The New York Public Library’s collection of writers’ reference, educational tutorials, and technology tools can help you navigate all of the ways to present your story to the world as a Media Smart Citizen for you to #ExpressYourPower. 

"Sharing Your Story" is the final episode of “Express Your Power”, a four-part nationally-recognized media and information literacy learning video series produced by Media Smart Citizens in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library.


LinkedIn Learning

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LinkedIn Learning is an online educational site that features thousands of courses and video tutorials where you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests. It is free to access from anywhere using your NYPL library card. Here are some of the online classes offered:

Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer
Have you ever pored over a beautifully written article and wished you could write with the same kind of flair? If so, this course is for you. Join Shani Raja—a former editor for the Wall Street Journal—as he shares practical techniques for making your writing sparkle. Shani dives into the mindset of an elite writer, spelling out the key principles that help great wordsmiths keep their writing purposeful, concise, and pleasurable to read.

Writing a Compelling Blog Post
Publishing your thoughts and ideas is easier than ever. The internet has given everyone a platform. But without engaging content and precise writing, you might not attract an audience. Discover content, structure, and style strategies that will make your blog posts irresistible and keep readers coming back for more. Award-winning journalist and writing coach Starshine Roshell shows you how to turn your expertise into concise, passionate, insightful posts that will make people want to follow you.

Video Journalism: Storytelling Techniques
How you choose your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your videos. The ultimate goal is to use video to tell a good story. In this course, digital media producer and former TV news reporter Jeff Sengstack uses real-world examples to show you how to create compelling stories using video.

Script Writing for Nonfiction Video
Content creators are producing more reality-based videos than ever before. Nonfiction videos can promote advocacy, fundraising, training, and even "edutainment." But producing any video without a solid script is a challenge. Even corporate or documentary films. By learning effective script writing and script-to-screen process, producers can lower their overhead costs and improve storytelling impact and audience engagement.

Producing Podcasts
Want to share your message with the world? Start a podcast. Podcasts are more popular than ever, which makes podcasting a great way to capture an audience of engaged listeners. With today's inexpensive recording equipment and editing software, it's possible to self-produce a podcast from anywhere. This course is designed to take you step by step through the entire process, from planning your format and buying the right equipment to recording your podcast and uploading episodes for distribution.


Tech Connect

The New York Public Library's TechConnect program helps people of all ages develop confidence in their computer skills and grow more comfortable in today's digital world.

TechConnect offers more than 80 technology classes at libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—all absolutely free! From learning the basics of how to use a computer to mastering essential computer business programs, there is a class for all students from beginner to advanced, including series classes for those who want more in-depth knowledge and classes on media production (video, podcasts, etc.).

TechConnect classes are offered online and onsite. Please visit the TechConnect website for more information and the upcoming class schedule. Inside the Pasculano Learning Center of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), patrons can visit their Studio 40 media lab and attend in-person training on media production.

On October 30, 2020, TechConnect presented a panel talk with special guests from Pineapple Street Media’s celebrated podcast Back Issue to talk about everything podcasting: launching their new show, tech tips & tricks, industry secrets, an exclusive tour of the quarantine studios, and more. 

Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth

With the support of interviews, archival documents, and an inquisitive mind, documentaries have the power to take a deeper dive into a controversial issue and expose concealed information. In part of Media Literacy Week in 2021, documentary filmmakers shared their craft and process in this panel discussion, and how they take a unique approach to storytelling to create more awareness around an issue for their audience.

In partnership with Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library and Center for Communication, presented on October 28, 2021.

To learn more, visit the event page on the Center for Communication website.

Tech Kits

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Tech Kits for Performing Artists program is a resource to enable performing artists to document their works and publish them online. This kit contains a number of items that are commonly used to document and post performance work online. Though designed for performing artists, a patron looking to create their own media can utilize the Tech Kits as well. 

Tech Kits include the following:

  • 12.9” iPad Pro with cellular data
  • Logitech Slim Folio Pro case with integrated keyboard
  • Logitech B100 Corded Mouse
  • AKG Lyra USB microphone
  • Behringer HC 2000B Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth
  • Xcellon usb c - 4-port usb 3.1 hub
  • GVM LED Ring Light with Phone Tripod Stand Kit
  • Connection cables and chargers
  • M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI keyboard (available with select kits)

Anyone over the age of 18 with a New York Public Library card can reserve a Tech Kit. Don't have a card? Sign up for one here. To reserve a Tech Kit, search the catalog for "Tech Kit" and request the item as you would any other circulating materials from the Library. Tech Kits are available for between one and three months. For more information, please email