10Dec

Kate Holt Part 3: Making audio slideshows for NGOs and the news media

NIGERIA - SIGHTSAVERS

Photo by Kate Holt

Above Photo: Community Director Distributor (CDD’s) distribute Mectizan, the drug used to prevent river blindness, in the village of Kudaru in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 8th October, 2012. River Blindness was endemic to this area before Sightsavers started their intervention by distributing Mectizan  and sensitising the community to the risks of river blindness ten years ago. Now no more cases of blindness have been reported.

British photojournalist Kate Holt travels to the world’s most difficult places to create audio slideshows about the human effects of poverty, war, famine and other devastating hardships. Often, her way is paved — and paid — by non-governmental organizations such as the Red Cross, Action Aid and UNICEF.

Holt’s job for the NGOs is to create a visual project that suits the needs of the organization. At the same time, she gathers material for additional digital stories that she then shapes for the news media.

“The media won’t take PR”

Respecting the line between digital storytelling for an NGO and producing an unbiased, researched piece of reporting for a news agency requires a depth of experience, she says.

“The media won’t take PR,” she says. “I’ve worked in TV at the BBC, and in print editorial in London, and I’m able to see the different strands needed for a complete news story.”

Two digital stories, one project

Check out these examples to see differences in subject, tone and reporting angle:

  • In 2010, Holt traveled with the International Chapter of the Red Cross to the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan to document how the hospital is treating patients suffering injuries or disease as an indirect result of the conflict there. The slideshow produced for the Red Cross cuts a broad swath revealing a variety of tragic circumstances.
  • For the BBC, Holt delved deeper into one man’s story, exploring how he worked many different angles to recover from the loss of both legs in the violence.

See more of Kate’s work on her Facebook Page and website.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview with Kate Holt.

— Interview and story by Laura Read

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