Even in Pandemics, Storytelling Must Continue

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We’re in the middle of a public health crisis. Schools are closed. Major sports have been postponed. This is unprecedented in modern human history. We’ve been reaching out to members of our community to make sure that they and their loved ones have been able to stay healthy while COVID-19 has been spreading. We’ve also provided guidelines for our freelancer community to remain safe. This is a time when all of us need to prioritize health above all else.

That being said, Storyhunter will continue to operate and be a resource for our clients and community members. Here’s why: media companies have an urgent obligation to provide the latest news about COVID-19, there is burgeoning demand for informational content as more people get quarantined, and of course freelance media professionals need to feed their families. We’re now all working with smaller budgets, travel restrictions and anxiety about our loved ones. But even during crazy viral outbreaks like the one were going through, for the sake of humanity, storytelling and Storyhunter must go on.

In times like these, where politicians and governments are occasionally obfuscating information, we need a strong, independent media to know what’s actually happening on the ground. Moreover, we, as humans, need stories. They help us make sense of the world,especially in times like these. It’s up to us to ensure that alongside this horrific virus, truth goes viral alongside it.

Here are some ways Storyhunter can help you continue telling stories that matter:

Hire Freelancers in Wuhan, Wyoming, and Wherever this Darn Virus Spreads

Leverage our network of 30,000 world-class filmmakers, animators, writers and livestreamers in 192 countries. Whether you need someone to interview lawmakers on the latest outbreak, or want to talk about precautions being made in an area that hasn’t been hit yet, there’s a freelancer ready to help you out.

Minimize Unnecessary Travel

Fortunately, you don’t have to send your in-house crew to the shooting location. With planes departing less, and travel proving dangerous to individuals and the general public, working with local freelance teams is the only way to go right now.

Tap Into Local Intelligence

The unique knowledge that freelancers have of their own areas can often manifest into a full story just waiting to be told. On Storyhunter, you can post what we’ve dubbed a “Call For Pitches”, where freelancers can pitch you stories that fit exactly what you’re looking for. If you want a story about a local doing extraordinary things to help their community combat COVID-19, odds are one of our freelancers has an inside scoop.

Save Time With A Local Expert

Hiring locally means that you have someone already familiar with the area, so they’ll be able to get around as quickly as anyone because, well, they know how! Local freelancers also mitigate the need to do extensive research on the area, or hiring a fixer, because of their expertise and language skills.

Show Your Customers or Audience That You Care

There’s a lot of misinformation about coronavirus making the rounds right now, and this is a time where the more informed and cared for the public is, the better off we will all be.. Be a genuine source of news for them, and build a relationship based on trust: they can trust you to be honest and insightful, and you can trust them to tune in.

Co-authored with Jake Watkins (Storyhunter Head of Stories)

Video Journalist, Optimist, Founder @Storyhunter

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