Teachers have been creating a supportive and inclusive environment in this school in Sri Lanka where these children can improve their reading skills with tremendous support from school faculty, parents and the community as a whole. Credit: Save the Children
Actively seek the perspectives and opinions of contributors throughout the content-gathering and story development process.
Allow contributors to decide on how they want to present themselves, including where and when they would like to be interviewed, filmed, or photographed, and what they would like to wear.
Do your research in advance on the social, political, cultural, economic, and religious context of the community.
Pause for ‘empathy’ checks prior and throughout the story gathering and telling process, considering whether I/we would be comfortable sharing the story if it were a depiction of ourselves or of someone dear to us.
Ask for advice if unsure on whether a particular story, message, or image upholds the dignity of the contributor or the community.
If there is risk of harm, retribution, or loss to the person, family, or community, choose NOT to tell the story.
Obtaining informed, full, and free consent from contributors.
Show realities and change prospects with accuracy and authenticity.
Processing, managing, and using content responsibly.
Allow time for discussion with contributors to make sure that everyone fully understands and is comfortable with the purpose of the story, any associated risks with telling their story, where the story will be used, and their right to withdraw consent at any time.
Use a skilled interpreter if different languages are spoken.
Ask contributors if they wish to be named or identified and abide by their wishes.
Use all content only with the full understanding, participation and permission of the contributor and/or, in the case of a minor, the contributor’s legal caregiver.
Do not digitally manipulate or edit visual or written stories in a manner that changes the meaning or the connotations of the original content.
Allow for complexity and nuance; refrain from presenting over-simplified or over-sensationalized narratives of change to appeal to donors or audiences.
Follow international law and standards, particularly related to vulnerable persons (for example, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as regional or local data protection guidance and laws.
Working to mitigate the harmful effects of bias, stereotypes, social stigmas, and power differences.
Holding local social, moral, and cultural norms in high regard.
Considering the impact of any story on individuals, communities, and the natural environment.
Seeking to use storytelling as a means of inspiration and empowerment for both contributors and audiences