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13Nov

Kate Holt’s audio slideshow insights, part 1

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The first of four installments on British freelance photojournalist Kate Holt's advice for planning, creating and using audio slideshows to tell compelling digital stories. This month and next month on Twitter and Facebook, Soundslides will feature a selection of Holt's work. Keep an eye out.

When Kate Holt was 19, she heard stories about the awful maltreatment of children in Romania’s orphanages. In January 1991, she left her home in England and volunteered to help. The conditions she observed inspired her career.

She studied photojournalism, and soon was documenting some of humankind’s darkest situations — famine, poverty, war and ... Read the full story

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19Oct

John Freeman shares student audio slideshow projects

John Freeman's study abroad students staying up late in their Berlin hotel editing images and audio into Soundslides.

Photographer and University of Florida professor John Freeman takes students to Berlin, Germany every May for a two-week study abroad program. (See previous post on Oct. 3.) One takeaway from the program is a finished Soundslides project telling the story of a person who has moved to Berlin to pursue a passion. Through their photography and interviews, the students explore such questions as: How is life in Berlin? How do you put the pieces together to achieve your goals? What’s your average day like? The cumulative projects, posted on the Berlin program website, convey the spirit of a city ... 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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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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