My documentary, Duterte's Hell, won a World Press Award, was nominated for a Grierson Trust Award, and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. The film highlights the impacts of thousands of extrajudicial killings of alleged drug users and dealers in the Philippines. It was produced by Field of Vision, published online by The Intercept, premiered at MoMA in New York, and has screened at numerous film festivals across North America and Europe.
humanizing the opioid crisis
My doctoral project is a digital memorial for Michael Stone, a B.C.-based meditation instructor who died of an opioid overdose in 2017. The purpose of the participatory project is to challenge dominant and stigmatizing narratives about the opioid crisis and its victims. The research methods that I adopted include autoethnography, participatory methods developed by documentary producers with the NFB, counter-memorialization, collaborative testimony, and interactive storytelling.
For decades, documentary photographers and photojournalists have produced stigmatizing images of injection drug users. From 2014 to 2015, I attempted to produce humanizing counter-narratives of three long-term and vulnerable heroin users taking part in North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment program in Vancouver, B.C. known as SALOME.
After a year chronicling the participants' lives, I realized my photos were unable to communicate the full story of drug users’ lives and that addictions often stem from past traumas. In order to help amplify the participants' voices and experiences, I conducted photo-elicitation interviews and asked them to express their thoughts about the photos.
I invite you to view the The Outcasts Project and hear Cheryl, Marie and Johnny's voices. I also a three-part series published on Medium (links below), and wrote about the study in The Conversation and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. My scholarly chapter about the project was published in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction. The study was profiled by BBC3, CBC News, and Postmedia.
Innovative journalism pedagogy & empathy
Training journalism students to tell stories with marginalized communities
I am expanding my innovative approach to training students to produce humanizing narratives with marginalized communities. In order to do so, I am building on a course that I designed and taught at Emerson College in Spring 2019, titled Humanizing Multimedia Stories. Students used photography, photo-elicitation, and explored the role of empathy and reflexivity in journalism to create multimedia stories with people in recovery from substance use disorder.
I am excited to use this methodology to support students who are reporting on a number of vulnerable and marginalized communities. I plan to publish a paper about my pedagogical approach in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, and present students’ work and details at scholarly conferences.
Empathy and journalism
I am intensively examining the role of empathy in journalism, and building on the work of Janet Blank-Libra (Pursuing an Ethic of Empathy in Journalism, 2016). She states that empathy can allow journalists to support reconciliation among people who are divided by political beliefs, culture, nationality, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and more.
My research involves research-creation in the form of:
+ Documentary video and photography focused on social and humanitarian issues
+ Interactive storytelling
+ Collaborative testimony production
Other research methods and scholarly interests:
* Visual methods (photo-elicitation, digital storytelling, and more)
* Participatory methods with marginalized and stigmatized populations
* Oral history
* International humanitarian reporting
* Transmedia journalism
* Independent and alternative journalism
* Citizen journalism
* Public journalism
Goodman, A. (2018) The Outcasts Project: Humanizing long-term heroin users through documentary photography and photo-elicitation. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction. Hanna Pickard and Serge H. Ahmed, eds.
Goodman, A. (2018) Digital Storytelling with Heroin Users in Vancouver. International Quarterly of Community Health Education.
Goodman, A. (2016) Outcasts: Exploring Documentary Photography and Photo-Elicitation with Long-term Heroin Users. Afterimage 44(3): 8.
digital storytelling workshops
StoryTurns facilitate innovative and empowering digital storytelling workshops by collaborating with community organizations across North America and around the world. Trained facilitators support participants in script writing, photography, storyboarding, and video editing. By the end of the workshop, each participant has created their own film.
A short video about StoryTurns digital storytelling workshops.
My Mother's Light
By Lenee Son
Lenee Son explores how her mother's Cambodian origins have shaped their relationship. The story was produced by StoryTurns and Aaron Goodman.