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          10 stories we've enjoyed this week      

Hi All,
Hope you've all had a great week. Just a couple of quick ones from us to begin. 

This is the last shout-out to any Operations Coordinators wanting to come and work with us. Get your application in now.

This week we published episode 6 of A Brief History of Stuff, the podcast we make with the Science Museum. Find out why the museum has a tin can in its collection, and hear astronaut Tim Peake talking about his eating habits whilst floating in a tin can. If you'd like to talk to us about podcasts or developing new formats, get in touch.

That's it from us. Thanks to Dense Discovery, Ben Dietz, and Neil Perkin. Go subscribe to their things.

Have a great weekend and "C'mon England".
Hugh
The Short Story
YouTube Culture and Trends Report
(18 min watch)

NPR Joy Generator
(Interactive)

1998 Nike Advert That Is Yet To Be Bettered
(90-sec watch)

The Pop Star Versus the Playlist 
(8 min Read)

The 19 Best Virtual Museum Tours in the World
(6 min read)

Why You See What You See on Instagram 
(9 min watch) 

"Cat Person" and Me
(12 min read)

Photos of Euro 2020 Fans Across Europe Celebrating Their Teams
(Photo Gallery)

A Great Thread About YouTube Channels For Learning
(Twitter thread)

Artist Fills Potholes With Colourful Mosaics
(Instagram account)
An English footballer leaps in the air. In the background fans go wild.

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1. You want to talk to us about content production: podcasts, videos, animations, illustrations, editorial. 

2. You want to talk to us about content strategy or format development.

3. You want to create a brand or an identity that makes it easier to communicate your message.


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The Full Story
YouTube Culture and Trends Report
If you're fascinated by new and innovative formats, this is a must-watch. This 18-minute interactive video, with branching interviews that allow you to go deeper, is crammed with fascinating new formats that either began during lockdown or grown massively. Lots of inspiration in here for anyone thinking about new video formats.
(18 min watch)

NPR Joy Generator
This is lovely. It's a joy generator that offers different joyful experiences every time you hit refresh. The experiences include audio, video and interactive ideas designed to bring calm into your mind. Experiences include sounds from nature, tools for drawing, poetry and more. Keep clicking until you find the "Why we find cute animals so beguiling" experience.   
(Interactive)


1998 Nike Advert That Is Yet To Be Bettered
You can argue all you like, there hasn't been a better Nike advert since. 
(90-sec watch)

The Pop Star Versus the Playlist 
Vox has a series on gatekeepers that's worth dipping into. This essay looks at how music playlists make it easier for listeners to find music worth playing, but are also breaking fans’ relationships with artists, making it harder for artists to stand out. Check out some of the other stories in the collection too. 
(8 min Read)

The 19 Best Virtual Museum Tours in the World
One of the positive impacts of lockdown was that some organisations were forced to rethink their digital strategy. In doing so they've created a much better experience for virtual visitors, opening themselves up to a much larger audience. This weekend visit 19 museum virtual tours taking in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands and China, as well as the US and UK.
(6 min read)


Why You See What You See on Instagram 
If you use Instagram to connect with an audience, this is essential viewing. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri talks about how the platform ranks content in the Feed, Stories, Explore and Reels. 
(9 min watch) 

"Cat Person" and Me
You may remember the New Yorker Cat Person story that was heavily shared in 2017. The fictional story follows its protagonist, Margot, a college sophomore, as she navigates a relationship with an older man named Robert. Around the time it was published, friends started texting Alexis Nowiki to ask if the story was about her. She read it and couldn't believe how similar some of the details were with her own life. So she wrote to the author in an attempt to get some clarity.  
(12 min read)

Photos of Euro 2020 Fans Across Europe Celebrating Their Teams
It might be coming home. It might not. You may not care either way. Regardless, this gallery from The Atlantic is a joy. 
(Photo Gallery)

A Great Thread About YouTube Channels For Learning 
Someone on Twitter asked: "What are the best YouTube channels for learning (any subject welcome)?" The replies are full of fascinating learning channels on a wide range of subjects. 
(Twitter thread)

Artist Fills Potholes With Colourful Mosaics
These are very clever, and lovely, from French street artist Ememem. 
(Instagram account)
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Thanks for reading and see you all next week,

Hugh, Matt, Anjali and the team at Storythings
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