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Soundslides practice

This will be slideshow week. After a brief update and review of your audio pieces, we will jump in to telling a story with images and sound. Remember that you have guest experts to help with visual storytelling next week.

You’ve got two Soundslides handouts (from Poynter; by Michelle Johnson from Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar) and Prof. Culver’s Gradesheet for slideshows. I’ll also link to another rubric for the images (Sue Robinson, Wisconsin) and a PDF on video and audio storytelling by Mark Hiland (also Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar).

Then I’ll show you some powerful examples from NPR (1 and 2), and ExploreHoward.com, and this which could help with your final project, as well as a student project from Prof. Culver that has one instructive flaw.

Don’t forget the Journalist’s Toolkit intro to Soundslides

Finally, I created a demo of a trip along the King’s Way in Prague (Soundslides version).

The King's Way, Prague

The King's Way, Prague (click image to launch)

as well as two versions of President Obama’s inaugural without sound using Soundslides and Lightbox (which I got from DynamicDrive). There’s also a program called Flash Slideshow Maker that I used for this slideshow of Europe. (I bought the $50 version so there was no watermark and I could get Web options.)

To practice with the program, here is a set of photos I took around campus. These are in a Facebook album, but it’s not allowing downloads easily. So here they are the old-fashioned way (click the image, then Right click-Save Image/Target As) from an earlier post.


You need to

  • download these
  • play them as a slideshow on the desktop to get a feel
  • sketch out a script to go with them; about 3 to 5 seconds per slide, aiming for about 45 seconds to a minute total
  • use this audio file to build on (Right click, Save Link/Target as—don’t try to open it
  • follow the Johnson tutorial to import the photos and audio
  • add a headline, some titles, a caption, a lower third, adjust the timing of some slides, change the order of some slides, delete at least one slide
  • export to the Web and view (click on the index.html file)
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