Posts Tagged ‘Teaching Tips’

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.
When is a story right ... 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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12Oct

John Freeman teaching audio slideshows in Berlin, Part 2

Photographer and educator John Freeman teaches an annual study abroad multimedia program in Berlin for the University of Florida. Soundslides is an important part of the program, as students need to quickly produce a project they can share during the workshop. The students often gather together in their hotel late at night to edit their audio slideshows.

Freeman describes a couple of guidelines he thinks greatly improve the student's success with the software.

“When teaching Soundslides, I have really strict guidelines that help to make the projects look really good,” he says. “One is, the students have to use all ... 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

Mindy McAdams teaches Soundslides audio slideshow software in West Java

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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

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