Aaron Goodman is a multimedia producer, documentary maker and instructor in the Journalism and Communication Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey and Richmond, B.C. He is the founder of StoryTurns, a Vancouver-based organization that facilitates empowering digital storytelling workshops for community organizations worldwide. Recent workshops have been held with youth at risk in Surrey, B.C., patients in a heroin-assisted treatment program in Vancouver, B.C, and female reporters in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. StoryTurns workshops are inspired by the storytelling method developed by the Center for Digital Storytelling (www.storycenter.org) in Berkeley, CA.
During his 15-year journalism career, Aaron has reported on the search for tens of thousands of boys and men forcibly disappeared by government forces in Sri Lanka, the earthquake in northern Pakistan in 2005 that claimed more than 70,000 lives, and armed conflicts in southern Thailand, Nepal and East Timor. His award-winning stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio, Associated Press Television News, CNN, PBS Frontline/WORLD, VOA and Al Jazeera English. His writing has been published in the Toronto Star, National Post, Vancouver Sun, The Tyee and the Calgary Herald. Aaron holds a Master of Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia (2001), a Certificate in Digital Storytelling from the University of Colorado Denver (2013), and is a PhD candidate in Documentary Practice at the University of Edinburgh.
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