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IS THIS SHOWING UP Canada Writes presents #hyperlocalCBC: an interactive story map hyperlocal-brand.jpg

Change is everywhere and all around us. Though we live it differently, it is one common experience we all share. Hyperlocal is an interactive story map that strikes at the very heart of this premise. Rooted in place, it brings together true personal stories of changing neighbourhoods from Canadians across the country, guest bloggers and well-known writers, all found at cbc.ca/hyperlocal.

The essence of the project is a five-week national call-out to all Canadians starting April 3: we want to know what's new and changing in your neighbourhood and what that change means to you. Send us your true, personal stories as text, photo essays, audio or raw video. Stories may touch on some of the big issues we face in a fragile economy, or may reflect small changes in a neighbourhood as it becomes gentrified, as the last post office closes, as a new restaurant opens with a fusion of cultures and cuisines, or as memorable characters move in or out. All stories will be posted online, and at the end of the month one winner will be selected by a jury panel. The grand prize is an interactive adaptation of the winning story by the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio and a laptop computer. Deadline to submit is May 3, 2013. 


Twelve bloggers from across Canada share their own reflections on changes in their neighbourhoods. We'll be checking in with them on a weekly basis for the duration of the project, and you may also hear them on local CBC Radio shows talking about the changing face of their neighbourhood. Our bloggers are: Willow Yamauchi, Vancouver; Zoey Duncan, Calgary; Jason Lee Norman, Edmonton; Paul Dechene, Regina; Colleen Simard, Winnipeg; Shawn Micallef, Toronto; Trevor Pritchard, Ottawa; Allison Sparling, Halifax; Andrea Callanan, St. John's, NL; Kate McDonnell, Montreal; Mark Leger, Saint John, NB; Andrew Robulack, Whitehorse


Hyperlocal features seven of Canada’s best-known writers - David Bezmozgis, Joseph Boyden, Esi Edugyan, Will Ferguson, Lisa Moore, Heather O’Neill and Miriam Toews - who tell stories of change in places close to their hearts. Tune into The Sunday Edition starting April 7 to hear a selection of these stories. 


In an exciting, innovative collaboration between CBC and the National Film Board, the NFB will adapt five personal stories from our featured writers into interactive web-based story experiences. The full interactive experience can be viewed at nfb.ca, with each individual interactive story also displayed on our interactive story map. In addition, the winning entry from the Hyperlocal public call-out will be produced by the NFB as a sixth multimedia interactive project. Through the work of the NFB, Hyperlocal branches into the realm of interactive storytelling, using interactive sound and visuals as well as words to create snapshots of the way change is occurring in various communities across Canada, and to reflect that change back to Canadians in a dynamic and creative way.

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