Stories, maps, images, media, and videos are powerful. They can advocate for change, create awareness, and influence change. Story Maps are web-based applications that allow you to tell stories in an interactive way by integrating a variety of media, text, and maps. There are two digital story-making platforms for you to choose from.
"Create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, interactive maps., and other multimedia content. Publish and share your story with your organization or everyone around the world" - Esri
To access ArcGIS StoryMaps you need an ArcGIS Online account. There are 2 types of accounts:
For more details on ArcGIS StoryMaps, go to the ArcGIS StoryMaps Overview page. Check out the Gallery for examples and the variety of StoryMaps, and Resources for tutorials, tips and tricks, and how to make your first map.
"StoryMapJS is a free, open-source tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. [...] StoryMapJS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more!" - Knight Lab
StoryMapJS is developed and supported by Knight Lab at Northwestern University. It's a simple tool designed for creating interactive maps and timelines for journalists and historians with limited technical experience.
Requires a Google Drive account and map software from OpenStreetMap.
For details on how to create a StoryMapJS check out the 3 part tutorials to help you get started. For additional customization, check out StoryMapJS for Technical User documentation.