How to

Delete a Story

To delete a story line, click "Edit stories" on the gray menu bar at the top of the screen. Identify the story you'd like to delete in the list, and click "edit." In the "edit story" screen that follows, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "delete."

Note that this will not delete any posts associated with the story. The posts will simply become "story orphans," accessible only in blog view. They can always be re-associated with other story lines, or deleted altogether.

Delete a Post

To delete a post, you must first be in the "Edit" view for the post. (You can access the "edit" view of a post by clicking on the title of the post, and then clicking on the "Edit" tab. )

Scroll down to the bottom of the edit window, and simply click the "delete" button to delete your post permanently.

Find Your Posts

There are several things that can effect where your posts show up:

If you are using the e-mail to post option ( your post might not have arrived, e-mail is checked only every hour.  Click here to check now.

If you are using search, the search index for posts is only ckeced every hour, Click here to update the search index now.


At the very bottom of the Add Blog form in the section Publishing options is a check box for Published.  Un-Published content is not added to any menus / searches / or page lists (like your blog, or story lines).
All content has the published check box checked by default, but if you have to stop before your done with a post and want to save, you can uncheck it.

Insert Commentary

Do you have some text that you want to add to your storyline that doesn't quite constitute a "post?" Maybe it's a little blurb to set up the next post, or bridge the gap between two posts, or maybe it's an addendum or an afterward. In any of these cases, inserting commentary is what you want to do.

It is important to note that commentary is NOT the same thing as a comment. Commentary is text that is part of a story line, whereas a comment pertains to an isolated post. Commentary is only visible in story view, and comments are only available in blog view, or when looking at isolated posts.

To add commentary within a storyline, click the [+] to the right of the post where you want your text to appear. You can choose to insert commentary before or after a post.


Recording Great Audio: How to do it

Do you have all the equipment you'll need to record your audio? If not, consult the previous article, "Recording Great Audio: What you'll need." If so, great! Here's a list of tips and best practices for recording great audio in the field.

Note: this text is adapted from CNN's iReport toolkit series of "How To" articles.

Archiving Your Original Files

In the rush to finish a project, it's easy for the original source files used to create the project -- the raw video, audio, or photographs -- to fall through the cracks and become lost. Often times, you don't even realize that things are lost until months later, when you want to re-edit the piece, or re-use or reference the footage for a new purpose. When it's months after the fact, old media may have been discarded or overwritten, memories are fuzzy, and people involved in the project have moved on and are more difficult to contact. Therefore, it's best to archive your source on a regular basis.

The best way to do this is to purchase an external Firewire or USB hard drive and use that as a central repository of all your media. You can capture media directly to the external drive, or simply use it as a back-up. Here are some basic steps:

Recording Great Audio: What you'll need

Sometimes, a person's story is best told in their own voice, in their own words. Nothing makes a story as immediate is hearing the voices of the people at its core, and the sounds of the environment where it is taking place. Personal interviews and other audio documentation are a valuable tool in any documentarian's arsenal. We'll now talk through the equipment you'll need to be able to do high-quality audio field recording. Don't be intimidated!! There are options for any budget, even no budget.

Note: much of this text is excerpted from Andy Kolovos' excellent Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide at the Vermont Folklife Center's website:

Shooting Great Video

Here's a list of tips and best practices for shooting great video on location.

Note: much of this text is adapted from CNN's iReport toolkit series of "How To" articles.

Taking Great Photos

Even the most inexpensive point-and-shoot camera can yield beautiful photos. Conversely, you can still take bad photos with the fanciest SLR camera.  It's all about knowing how to use your camera and being prepared. Here are some tips to help you get great photos.

Note: this text is adapted from

  1. Know Your Camera Chances are, you've never read the 100-page manual that came with your digital camera; you learned to use it just by fiddling around. You owe it to yourself, however, to be acquainted with the ins and outs of your camera. Learn how to control exposure, how to use different camera modes and how to use the flash. The knowledge you gain about the camera will be invaluable when you're out in the field.

Rollup Your Story

At any time, you can "roll up" your story by clicking on it in the "Story Lines" list. Any story with at least one post will appear in this list.

When a user views your story in this way, the story is presented in chronological order in a more polished, readable view than the standard blog view.