In order to provide comprehensive coverage to supporters of the Global Sports Mentoring Program and its participants, the U.S. Department of State and its cooperative partner, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace & Society, invest in a range of high-quality storytelling strategies. These include two forms of visual media (photography and videography), podcasting, and blog posts.
Since 2012, more than 20,000 photos have been shot, edited and uploaded to Flickr albums and provided to GSMP alumnae. Many of these photos have been requested for newspapers, magazines, and prominent websites including ESPN.com, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Shape Magazine. During this same timeframe, 44 videos were produced and uploaded to YouTube channels, amassing more than 25,000 views. For the 2015 edition of GSMP: Empower Women through Sports, podcasting was introduced through SoundCloud and allowed for the stories of all 16 emerging leaders to reach more than 1,700 listeners.
We believe the stories of these global changemakers matter and that is why we always seek new, creative ways to share their stories.