Archive for February, 2013

26Feb

Ram Wows Audience with Farmer Ad That’s an Audio Slideshow

As a kid, whenever I’d visit my Great Aunt Bet in Jackson, Wyo., at about noon every day we’d stop everything and listen to the Paul Harvey radio show. I was pretty young, and didn’t always understand his messages, but I did love the brash energy of his voice. So I wasn’t surprised last month to hear Harvey’s voice narrating the Ram Trucks Farmer ad during the Super Bowl. What I was surprised (and excited) about is how the ad agency used the audio slideshow to deliver its message.
Audio slideshow goes Ram tough
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18Feb

Audio slideshows: Perfecting the art of hanging out

This audio slideshow about two street musicians on Chicago’s Red Line El train reveals some nice storytelling skills.

The "Chicago Street Musicians" audio slideshow is published on the award-winning hyperlocal news site The Red Line Project, created in 2011 by DePaul University students and their College of Communications instructor Mike Reilley. Photos are by Forest Davis, and audio recordings are by Kevin Dempsey and Jake Scott.
Musicians are good audio slideshow subjects
Musicians are always a great audio slideshow subjects because they provide natural material for ambient sound. The musicians performing on the train platform are in a setting ... Read the full story

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14Feb

When is a story right for an audio slideshow?

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How do you know a story will make a good audio slideshow? Matching the story to the storytelling tool is key, explained Mike Reilley in a chat with Soundslides recently. Reilley is an instructor in DePaul University's College of Communications. The hyperlocal news site redlineproject.org that he and his students started two years ago has won awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and the Online News Association. (See more about The Red Line Project in our last post.)

How do you know when a story is right for an audio slideshow. Tell us, below.
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07Feb

The Red Line Project — a hyperlocal news site at DePaul University

 

In 2009, when Mike Reilley joined the faculty at DePaul University's College of Communication journalism program in Chicago, he and his students had an arsenal of multimedia software at hand, including Soundslides. But they needed a thematic focus and an online platform for their work. Choosing a theme wasn't easy. Their subject would have to produce continual news stories and present easy access. The students also wanted to publish stories about areas of the city that were underserved by some of the major media outlets.

They zeroed in on Chicago’s Red Line, a 23.4 mile-long El train ... Read the full story

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