Digital storytelling Telling real world stories with technology

Studio Canek is a small media company dedicated to telling stories and helping others tell theirs with digital technology. We produce innovative digital documentaries, author educational material for communication, and we build tools for talking, telling and listening. Our team has more than twenty years experience in journalism, education, social research and community outreach. We focus on countries and communities that have hard time getting their voice heard.

Map stories

Neglected Waters Tour In this interactive 3D map, visit Haiti's Trois Baies Marine Protected Area, find out about the native flora and fauna and the growing threats to their ecosystems.view

Migrant Routes Listen to the stories of migrants from Asia and Africa as they cross the perilous Darien Gap, en route to Mexico. view

Audioruta Vidas Cruzadas Follow two young Salvadoran brothers trying to reach their parents in the US, and hear from other migrants along the way.view

Video stories

The Life of Ice Learn about the lifespan of ice, from tiny frazil crystals to meters-high pressure ridges, and how that lifespan is getting shorter thanks to climate feedback loops unique to the far north. view

Missing the Train A migrant father brings his daughter with him on the route north. He's done the trip many times but when he lifts the girl to the moving wagon, she's loses her grip. view

Crisis Migratoria Interview with Cameroonian migrant in the Mexican border town of Tapachula. Produced for Periodistas de a Pie, in Spanish. view

Audio stories

Everyday Haiti An occasional podcast from Haiti about ordinary people living in extraordinary times. view

Vidas Cruzadas A podcast about migration in Central America and Mexico. Real-life stories told in the form of radionovela, created for Spanish-language community radio stations in the region. view

Storytelling Tools

Data analysis Explore large databases with custom queries and machine learning algorithms. In this example, view a recent dump of Mexico's poorly kept records of unidentified victims of violence. view

Gloss A drag-and-drop script-writing interface for radio reporters, researchers and podcasters. Upload your audio, transcibe by hand or AI, extract clips, sort them into a script and mix! view

Newsicles Analysis of local media sources with natural language processing. Built originally to complement reporting where field work is difficult or dangerous, Gloss can help identify key entities in the news, track stories over time and find patterns in undercovered topics. view

Collaborative Storytelling

New Roots Radio Twenty-five young volunteer reporters from across Canada covered underreported issues on immigration, refugees, integration and the changing meaning of multiculturalism. view

Neglected Waters Produced in conjunction with environmental news agency Haiti Climat and funded by the Society for Environmental Journalists, a multimedia look at protecting marine environments in the middle of social crisis. view

Partners


Our team

Conrad Fox is an award-winning journalist and producer. He has reported from Mexico, Central America and Haiti, with his work appearing on the CBC, NPR, BBC World Service and other outlets. He is dynamic and creative instructor, and has taught journalism, English, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in classrooms, lecture halls, boardrooms, mud huts, playing fields and online. He is also a developer, specialized in Python and the web.

Rosi Rodriguez is a social anthropologist with specializations in education, migration and the environment. She has spent more than 30 years involved in education of children and adults, in formal and informal settings. She was co-founder of the first indigenous-led community development organization in Southern Veracruz, bringing together dozens of communities through workshops, events and educational activities. She is still happiest seated in front of a palapa with a group of neighbours, sharing thoughts and experiences.