SSHRC Storyteller Wednesday: Alanna Mager

We’re not the only ones presenting big ideas in creative ways. One of our main partners, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is giving Canada’s best and brightest young scholars the spotlight to tell the world why research matters. The SSHRC Storytellers contest issued this challenge to postsecondary students from across Canada: Give us your best three-minute pitch about the impact of a great SSHRC-funded research project.

Every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing one of these pitches here in our blog. This week we’re featuring the work of Alanna Mager, which explores the impact of gamification on our culture.

Alanna Mager is a master’s student in Ryerson University’s School of Professional Communication. A Torontonian with a background in English literature, print publishing and journalism, Alanna, as part of her graduate research, has shifted her focus from analog to digital. Her graduate research focuses on cross-platform, brand storytelling. Informed by narrative, transmedia and marketing discourses, her project aims to establish a new model for creating digital engaging content that communicates brand narrative across platforms. With this focus on storytelling, Alanna hopes to help organizations better promote their work through creative, shareable audio, visual and written content.

More about SSHRC Storytellers:
The Top 25 finalists were revealed on April 1, 2014 and they each won $3,000 and a trip to Congress, Canada’s premiere social sciences and humanities conference. At Congress, they will receive hands-on mentoring and training from experienced communications professionals. They’ll also deliver their pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of experts. A jury will select the final five to present a final talk as part of the SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony in fall 2014.


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