Archive for September, 2012
Mindy McAdams — journalist, teacher, and author of the 2005 book “Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages” — is fresh back from Bandung, West Java, where as a Fulbright Senior Scholar she taught multimedia journalism at Padjadjaran University in the city of Bandung.
McAdams used Soundslides to teach the Indonesian students how to combine audio recordings and photographs for compelling stories. Recently we caught up with her to ask how the students liked using the audio slideshow software.
“The undergraduate journalism students at my university in Indonesia found Soundslides very easy to learn and easy to use,” she said. “They ... Read the full story
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Keith W. Jenkins, the supervising senior producer for multimedia at National Public Radio, will teach a Poynter Institute Webinar on how to create powerful stories with Soundslides.
Jenkins’ one-hour online Webinar is part of the Poynter Institute series “Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist.” The class will teach more than the basics of Soundslides; it will enter the next level of audio slideshow production by showing students how to stay focused on the story narrative while creating the simple layers of photos and sound. (For those who can’t watch the Webinar live, the video will be archived for downloading to view anytime later. Check out thePoynter Institute course.) We reached Jenkins in his Washington, D.C. office this week to get his take on Soundslides.
Here is a favorite Soundslides project suggested by photojournalist and teacher Tewfic El-Sawy, “My Name is Dechen.” It's by one of his students at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Dhiraj Singh. El-Sawy uses the slideshow as a model during his workshops.
“I’m impressed with the intimacy of the project, itself,” El-Sawy explained. “The woman is a schizophrenic in India, and Dhiraj Singh connected with her very much. I tell my students you have to connect with your subject matter, and this is what makes an audio slideshow really come to life.&... Read the full story
Photojournalist Tewfic El-Sawy teaches Soundslides in his Multimedia for Photographers class at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. This year, students who were in other classes told him they wished they'd also learned the audio slideshow program. He blogged about their conversation, and then wrote to Soundslides retelling the anecdote. We called him to discuss it.
“The workshop has 120 to 150 students, most of whom are photographers and photojournalists,” El-Sawy said. “There are two multimedia classes. Mine is based on Soundslides. The rest of the instructors teach photography in the traditional sense — still photography.”
As he wrote in his ... Read the full story