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 was a five-week national call-out to all Canadians from April 3 - May 3 asking what's new and changing in your neighbourhood and what that change means to you.
After the submission period was over, we revealed the finalists of the competition. We asked Canadians to thumbs up the entry(ies) they liked best to crown CANADA'S CHOICE. The winner of the public vote was Wayne Chan with his story "Epicycles of Time."
A jury panel consisting of CBC's Ian Hanomansing, writer Lisa Moore, and award-winning NFB Interactive producer Jeremy Mendes reviewed all of the finalist entries and selected grand prize winner Melissa Bull, who received a MacBook Pro laptop computer and whose story was turned into an interactive experience by the National Film Board of Canada's Digital Studio. Congratulations Melissa!
And, we still encourage you to put your story on the map (though it won't be eligible for the prize), and explore the map to discover neighbourhoods across Canada through stories from famous Canadian writers, bloggers, and Canadians from coast to coast.Share your story of neighbourhood change »
Twelve bloggers from across Canada share their own reflections on changes in their neighbourhoods online and on CBC Radio. 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 adapted 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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