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Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects is an innovative tool for crafting interactive and engaging stories. It is a formidable platform for digital storytelling, offering diverse project types such as timelines, maps and interactive narratives. This user-friendly tool allows for high customisation, offering options for embedding media, adjusting layouts, and incorporating a variety of visual elements, thus facilitating the creation of rich, engaging, and personalised story experiences.

Tool Categories

Fact checking
Writing/scripting/text creation/editing/proofing
Audio creation/editing/recording
Graphic/image design creation
Animated graphic/image design creation
Photography – tools to take and edit.
Video – shoot/edit videos.

What Makes Knight Lab’s Storytelling Projects a Great Storytelling Tool

Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects stand out as exceptional tools for digital storytelling. These tools' uniqueness lies in their ability to weave narratives with interactive and immersive elements, leading to more engaging and impactful storytelling. The suite of tools, including TimelineJS, StoryMapJS, and JuxtaposeJS, among others, cater to a range of storytelling needs, allowing creators to construct timelines, map-based stories, and compare visual elements interactively.

What sets these projects apart from other tools is their capacity to augment narratives with rich media. Users can incorporate text, images, videos, audio, and interactive components to their stories, enabling a multidimensional narrative that captivates and informs. This immersive, multi-sensory aspect of Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects makes it an ideal platform for our Youth4Change initiative.

In the context of Youth4Change, which aims to empower young people to advocate for social change, these storytelling tools can be highly beneficial. Participants can use them to share stories of activism and change, present historical progress, or map out geographically relevant narratives. For example, TimelineJS could help visualise the evolution of a particular social issue, while StoryMapJS could elucidate the global impact of climate change or socio-political issues.

Moreover, Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects encourage critical thinking and creativity among youth, as they have to decide how to structure their stories most effectively. Whether it's a chronological narrative, a geographical journey, or a visual comparison, these tools enable young storytellers to choose the best medium to share their message.

Example Use Knight Lab’s Storytelling Projects to Create a Storyboard

You can create interactive, engaging narratives using Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects. These tools are designed to help you weave your ideas into a captivating digital story, whether you're planning to show the timeline of events, map a story's progression, or compare contrasting visuals. Knight Lab's suite of tools will aid you in planning and presenting your narrative in the most compelling and intuitive way.

The Elements of a Story in Knight Lab's Projects:

The timeline, map points, or sliders, depending on the tool, serve as the "panels" of your story.

You can use a combination of images, videos, text, and other media to fill each point of your story.

Annotations and captions are used to provide context, dialogues, and further explanations.

Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects:

Step by Step How to Create a Story with Knight Lab's Projects:

  • Choose the appropriate tool from Knight Lab's suite based on your storytelling needs.
  • Follow the provided instructions to set up your story's structure.
  • Explore features like timeline points, geographic markers, or image sliders.
  • Customise your story by adding media, adjusting your layout, and incorporating your text.
  • Publish and share your story by embedding it on your website or sharing the generated link.

For a comprehensive guide on how to use these tools, refer to each tool's specific guide on Knight Lab's projects page:

Learn More About Knight Lab’s Storytelling Projects

Want to Give Knight Lab’s Storytelling Projects a Try

Getting started with Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects is straightforward and can be done on your desktop browser, without the need to create an account or login. These tools are web-based, meaning they're accessible from any computer with an internet connection. All you need is your content, and you can start creating your digital narrative right away.

However, Knight Lab's projects work in conjunction with Google Sheets, where your story's data is stored. Therefore, having a Google account where you can save and manage your Google Sheets is advisable.

Unfortunately, there is no dedicated mobile app available for Knight Lab's Storytelling Projects, but the web-based platform can still be accessed on mobile browsers.

To start using Knight Lab's tools, just go to their project page at, select the tool that suits your storytelling needs, and follow the instructions provided.

Please note, while these tools are accessible and easy to use, they offer complex functionality, so taking some time to familiarise yourself with their capabilities can greatly enhance your storytelling experience.

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