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Learning together’ with Families of Opioid Overdose Victims: Transmedia storytelling, oral history and memory

Learning together’ with Families of Opioid Overdose Victims: Transmedia storytelling, oral history and memory

KPU Surrey
Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110

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March 20, 2017 – Tuesday, 1:00-2:00pm, Aaron Goodman, Department of Journalism & Communication Studies

"Learning together’ with Families of Opioid Overdose Victims: Transmedia storytelling, oral history and memory"

Canada is facing an unprecedented and growing opioid crisis. In 2016, at least 2,458 people across the country died from opioid-related overdoses. B.C. is Canada's worst-affected province with nearly 1,000 deaths in 2016. In spite of these deaths, there have been few public memorials for overdose victims. Families of those who have died often feel as sense of shock, grief and shame which leads many to stay silent. Meanwhile, photojournalists and mainstream news organizations frequently represent overdose victims and drug users in stigmatizing ways and this is shaping public memory about the situation. This research-creation project aims to amplify the voices and experiences of overdose victims and their families. The methods include slow transmedia journalism, oral history recording and testimony production with individuals who have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis. This project builds on a Katalyst-funded study titled The Outcasts Project (www.outcastsproject.com) (2014-15) which focused on humanizing long-term and vulnerable heroin users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside through documentary photography and photo-elicitation.

America/Vancouver Learning together’ with Families of Opioid Overdose Victims: Transmedia storytelling, oral history and memory March 20, 2017 – Tuesday, 1:00-2:00pm, Aaron Goodman, Department of Journalism & Communication Studies Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110 KPU Surrey