Apply for StoryLab

StoryLab is a national program preparing people to bring new perspectives to Australian media reporting about drugs

Unharm brought together a team of narrative, media and legal experts to develop StoryLab, and launched the program in February 2020 with a pilot group of people with lived experience of drugs. Their feedback helped refine the program, and now it’s ready to grow.

This year, StoryLab 2022 will be taking place in March on Wednesday evenings. Over four sessions and two masterclasses, you’ll learn how to share your story with the public confidently and safely, navigate tricky questions from journalists and gain expert advice from legal and media specialists.

Are you keen to join the next phase of StoryLab? Let us know a bit about yourself in the expression of interest form on this page. 

New perspectives about drugs.

Do you have a story that hasn’t been heard?

StoryLab prepares people like you to bring new, honest perspectives to media reporting about drugs.

For people talking about personal experiences with drugs, there are legal and social risks in being honest. And talking to the media can be a daunting prospect if you’ve never done it before. If you’re going to make the effort to do it, you want to be sure it’s going to be worthwhile. StoryLab can support you to share your story safely and effectively.

Alice Pierce

StoryLab Co-ordinator

Alice Pierce coordinates Unharm’s StoryLab program including speaker support. Alice brings extensive experience in designing and implementing support programs and is a passionate advocate for the rights of people who use drugs. Her personal and professional experience gives Alice the capacity to support a wide range of speakers including people with lived experience. If you would like to know more about the program, contact Alice at [email protected]. You can also see speakers from the first cohort of StoryLab – where we focused on lived experience perspectives – on the Unharm Spokespeople page.