‘Interviews w/ photojournalists, teachers, digital media producers’ Category

28Mar

The BBC’s Picture Editor on the Magic of Still Photography

Those of you who’ve been reading the Soundslides blog posts and tweets for a while realize we refer to many audio slideshows posted by the BBC. A blog written by the BBC's picture editor, Phil Coomes, is a great place to get an editor’s take on how to capture compelling stories in photos and audio. Here are a couple of interesting excerpts from Coomes about the value of still photography in audio slideshows:
Studying a split second
“Working for a broadcaster often means answering the question why don't you shoot it in video? Well I'd guess most of ... Read the full story

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22Mar

Check Out These Soundslides Tutorials

Many of you are sending us links to free Soundslides tutorials you either like or have made yourselves. It’s time to round up some of them so you can click on down the list and find the ones that work for you. Some of these were written about older versions of Soundslides. Many of the concepts and tips still apply and will shake up the way you create simple, appealing Soundslides stories.

If you want to share a Soundslides tutorial, send us a link via Twitter (@Soundslides) or in the comments section below. Thanks!
Soundslides tutorials to shake you ... Read the full story

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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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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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27Jan

Eva Gilliam: making great audio slideshow profiles of people

Audio slideshows are especially suited for people profiles. In a conversation with Soundslides earlier this month, freelance digital media producer and videographer Eva Gilliam suggested we look at an audio slideshow that was part of the Children’s Radio Foundation Young Reporters Network project.

(What are your techniques for making great audio slideshows about people? Tell us in the comments section below.)

Yolanda Benya: Cape Town, South Africa from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

In the piece, 18-year-old Yolanda Benya of Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town, moved with her family from a corrugated zinc hut in an impoverished slum, where people ... Read the full story

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16Jan

Eva Gilliam’s audio slideshow checklist — Don’t leave home without it!

Photo by Lerato Maduna 2012

Editors can only do so much with the material they’re provided. Freelance audio slideshow and video producer Eva Gilliam, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and produces videos and audio slideshows for various news agencies and NGOs, likes to provide a checklist to photographers and reporters she works with. One late night on Skype, she shared her list with the Soundslides community. What do you have on your field checklist? Tell us in the comments section below.
Photography strategy

Develop a rough scripting of the story before you go out: where is it, who are the characters, what ... Read the full story

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