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By Mark Grabowski
www.markgrabowski.com
Online Journalism
What’s an audio slideshow?
• A combination of still photography and audio
recordings.
• This content is posted to the inte...
Some history
• Online news was initially static. Mainstream
media outlets simply posted content from
their traditional med...
Some history
• One new offering was audio slideshows.
• Photojournalists often take hundreds of
photos and only one gets u...
• In 2005, interactive producer Joe Weiss and
instructors at Western Kentucky University
created a software program that h...
Types of audio slideshow
presentations
• The audio slideshow medium lends itself to a
lot of experimentation with storytel...
TV news package
• This type of slideshow is just like a TV news
video story, except the images are stills.
• These are pop...
• http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/20
• http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-defen
• http://nyti.ms/2l22KPS
• http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion
• https://youtu.be/5_Qo8XQL3YU
– http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7910843.stm
– http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/8443887.stm
• http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18628644
News
• The event speaks for itself: Audio from the
scene provides the soundtrack with images
laid over it. This approach w...
Events
• 1 subject, 1 experience: Tell the story of an
event through the eyes of one person. Hear
that person’s voice narr...
Sports
• Multiple subjects, 1 experience: Hear from
several people involved in a story. This has
similarities to a traditi...
Features
• Profile: A self-narrated story about oneself or 
one’s experience, or a story about someone as 
told through ot...
Keys to a good audio slideshow
• The key is that both the sights and sounds involved 
should be interesting and important ...
Why not just do video?
• Sometimes some stories are told better in more 
limited storytelling forms. For example, print is...
Why not just do video?
• Sometimes you can’t always utilize a 
particular storytelling form or forms. The 
White House, fo...
Why not just do a photo gallery?
• A photo gallery enables the user to click through the 
photos one by one, and it genera...
Why not just do a photo gallery?
• On the other hand, the sounds of an audio 
slideshow create a multimedia experience 
th...
Your assignment
•You will create and narrate a 1:30 to 2 minute 
audio slideshow using photos you took.
•Plan for each pho...
Provide context
• Don’t just post your audio slideshow online, 
whether it’s YouTube, social media, a blog 
post or webpag...
Don’t just post
your slideshow
online. Include
a title and
description so
readers know
why they
should click.
Why we do this?
• Learn a worthwhile multimedia storytelling
skill
• Get wet feet with reporting and video editing
• Start...
Also…
• There’s a very practical use if you work in
journalism
• Many newspapers, from small weeklies to the
New York Time...
For example
• Online class lectures:
http://vimeo.com/25025063#at=0
• Sorority/organization slideshow
https://www.youtube....
Also
• Or you can make audio slideshows for things
where you have a lot of photos and want to
share them.
• Set it to musi...
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  1. 1. By Mark Grabowski www.markgrabowski.com Online Journalism
  2. 2. What’s an audio slideshow? • A combination of still photography and audio recordings. • This content is posted to the internet and is viewable through a web browser or on mobile devices. • It’s also known as “soundslides”
  3. 3. Some history • Online news was initially static. Mainstream media outlets simply posted content from their traditional mediums online. • Start-ups and non-traditional media began offering news types of coverage and updated their sites round the clock. • The news media realized they needed more dynamic website content to compete.
  4. 4. Some history • One new offering was audio slideshows. • Photojournalists often take hundreds of photos and only one gets used in the newspaper. • This was a way to put that unseen content to use and also a way to tells stories in ways that weren’t possible in the newspaper.
  5. 5. • In 2005, interactive producer Joe Weiss and instructors at Western Kentucky University created a software program that had a short learning curve and could make quick audio slideshows.
  6. 6. Types of audio slideshow presentations • The audio slideshow medium lends itself to a lot of experimentation with storytelling form. – News stories – Events – Features (profiles)
  7. 7. TV news package • This type of slideshow is just like a TV news video story, except the images are stills. • These are popular on websites for in mainstream media outlets.
  8. 8. • http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/20
  9. 9. • http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-defen
  10. 10. • http://nyti.ms/2l22KPS • http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion
  11. 11. • https://youtu.be/5_Qo8XQL3YU
  12. 12. – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7910843.stm – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/8443887.stm
  13. 13. • http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18628644
  14. 14. News • The event speaks for itself: Audio from the scene provides the soundtrack with images laid over it. This approach works even better if the sound and images are presented with some kind of narrative thread (e.g., a beginning, middle and end). – https://youtu.be/U54Vga0HYIs
  15. 15. Events • 1 subject, 1 experience: Tell the story of an event through the eyes of one person. Hear that person’s voice narrating. This can also be achieved by going back afterward and having the subject talk about what is in the photos. – http://archive.theithacan.org/25235
  16. 16. Sports • Multiple subjects, 1 experience: Hear from several people involved in a story. This has similarities to a traditional broadcast report except that it lets the people involved do all the talking. • http://media.freep.com/drivingdetroit/assets/feat her.swf
  17. 17. Features • Profile: A self-narrated story about oneself or  one’s experience, or a story about someone as  told through others.  Paul Fusco, Magnum photographer was aboard the train carrying the coffin of President John F. Kennedy from New York to Washington, D.C and documented the nation’s reaction http://nyti.ms/1TGEdtL 
  18. 18. Keys to a good audio slideshow • The key is that both the sights and sounds involved  should be interesting and important to the story.  There should be enough visual variety that you will  be able to have a collection of strong images to fill  the time without the images becoming redundant. • For example, kids playing on a swing may get  redundant fast. But a day in the life of kids playing all  over, or a day in the life of a park playground might  better provide enough visual variety for an entire  slideshow.
  19. 19. Why not just do video? • Sometimes some stories are told better in more  limited storytelling forms. For example, print is often  best for in-depth investigative reporting.  • Video is great for showing things in motion, and  sometimes watching the event just as it unfolded is  key. Other times, though, it can be more informative  to do without a lot of those frames and spend the  same 5 to 10 seconds looking at a specific stop- action image from what happened. 
  20. 20. Why not just do video? • Sometimes you can’t always utilize a  particular storytelling form or forms. The  White House, for example, sometimes  restricts video recording or cameras. – http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/16/slideshow.p ope.two/index.html 
  21. 21. Why not just do a photo gallery? • A photo gallery enables the user to click through the  photos one by one, and it generally does not contain  audio. A photo gallery is good for things like awards  ceremony arrival pictures, where users want to stop  and stare at each image in their own time, or when  the order/timing of the pictures is not important. A  photo gallery is also good when the situation does  not have good audio possibilities.
  22. 22. Why not just do a photo gallery? • On the other hand, the sounds of an audio  slideshow create a multimedia experience  that can transport the viewer into the time  and place shown in the images. Audio  slideshows are plotted out in a cinematic way,  meaning the timing and order of the images  and sounds can be adjusted to heighten the  effect of the storytelling.
  23. 23. Your assignment •You will create and narrate a 1:30 to 2 minute  audio slideshow using photos you took. •Plan for each photo to be onscreen for about 5  seconds. So, for each minute of slideshow that  means about 12 images, give or take.  •Upload to YouTube and make sure video is  publicly visible. •Instructions available on class website.
  24. 24. Provide context • Don’t just post your audio slideshow online,  whether it’s YouTube, social media, a blog  post or webpage, without some context. • Otherwise, readers will have no idea why they  should click play. • Include a title featuring keywords on what  your slideshow topic is about. • Include at least a brief description on what the  slideshow is about.
  25. 25. Don’t just post your slideshow online. Include a title and description so readers know why they should click.
  26. 26. Why we do this? • Learn a worthwhile multimedia storytelling skill • Get wet feet with reporting and video editing • Start building a portfolio • Have fun!
  27. 27. Also… • There’s a very practical use if you work in journalism • Many newspapers, from small weeklies to the New York Times, use audio slideshows on their websites. • Plus, there are many uses for audio slideshows beyond journalism and our classroom.
  28. 28. For example • Online class lectures: http://vimeo.com/25025063#at=0 • Sorority/organization slideshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSuKMiVhqUY • Commencement slideshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPo-tbUNLXo
  29. 29. Also • Or you can make audio slideshows for things where you have a lot of photos and want to share them. • Set it to music and it beats flipping through photos. • There are many different types of audio you can use with slideshows : narrator, natural sound, music – or some combination.

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