Posts Tagged ‘Teaching storytelling’

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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03Oct

Behind the Berlin Wall with John Freeman

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When photographer John Freeman was a teenager in the late 1960s, he lived in West Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. The 13-foot-high barrier was built by the German Democratic Republic in 1961 to cut off the free West Berlin from the rest of communist-gripped eastern Germany. Between 1968 and 1971, Freeman’s dad was stationed in the military there. Even though the family was allowed to travel freely between West and East Germany, Freeman nonetheless experienced the chill of the oppression.

Forty years later, Freeman, a University of Florida professor, still is intrigued by the effect that that physical divider ... Read the full story

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29Sep

Photographer & Teacher Tim Broekema on Soundslides and audio slideshows

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29Sep

NPR chooses audio slideshows to create compelling stories for the Web

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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.

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21Sep

Tewfic El-Sawy on why photojournalists love audio slideshows

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.”

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As he wrote in his ... Read the full story

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