John Spink at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an audio slide show looking at a homeless woman who lives by the CSX train tracks. All told through her voice in just over two minutes, pay special note to the opening image and the signs in the background.
Canon has announced it’s replacement for the long-in-the-tooth 5D, the 5D Mark II. All of the goodness you’d expect are there – higher resolution (a whopping, card-massacring 21 megapixels), better autofocus, better shadow detail, better noise control at high ISO, etc., all with the pure joy of a full frame CMOS chip.
The New York Times has a neat multimedia feature up on the city’s subway system. But they’re done it with a little twist: Ever wonder where the train goes after you get off? The rode all of the lines to the end, and then did photos, audio slide shows or videos about the areas at the end of the lines.
Scott Strazzante and MediaStorm have published his story looking at the transition of a farm into a sub-division, as told through the farm’s family and one of the new home’s families.
Reuters has put together a multimedia package looking at the first five years of the war in Iraq. The introduction piece is a nice summation of what Reuters has been doing to cover the war, specifically talking about using local journalists as opposed to parachuting in folks. (The intro runs just under five minutes, watch your audio – the video clips are jarring.)
Because I still haven’t produced enough audio slide shows (I mean, who has?), I decided to do another so I had examples and samples. I scanned images at home last night (after digging through several boxes), recorded the audio in my office this morning (on the Olympus WS-300M with a Nady SP-4C mic), then edited in Audacity and SoundSlides.
Total time, excepting scanning, was less than 60 minutes. I don’t expect they’ll get through this that quick (though they’re supposed to have their audio and images ready to edit), but, really, this isn’t that hard.
We’re looking at doing a series of online/multimedia/new technology workshops for faculty later this semester. The biggest thing we’ll need to do is get them over The Fear. And that’s the same battle I have with some of my students: they are afraid of what they don’t yet know. They know they need this, they know they have to learn it. But they are afraid of failing more than they are excited by learning.
So for the 5990ers that are reading this before class: Go Fail. It’s good for you.
They have dabbled, they have played. They have experimented.
Now, they’ve figured out some stuff …
In Wednesday’s edition, they broke a story about a faculty member with a history of sexual harassment charges having been filed against him, dating back almost 20 years. They also created an infographic timeline that ran on page one. Online they posted the documents they collected during their reporting.
In Thursday’s edition, they reported on a meeting with university officials. And they included a link to the audio they recorded along the right hand side (below the photo). And they posted a video of student responses to the issue.
So, let’s sum this up: They reported the story and then presented their readers with a series of “traditional” text stories, an infographic, the original source documentation, audio from a follow-up meeting with officials and a video of student responses.
There was a lot of thinking going on with this and this is a nice model of how to bring multiple tools to bear on a story.