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April 4

Hope you got the message. The change that made today Monday was also not apparent on the portal, as far as I could see. Anyway, here are some links that might be helpful concerning Spark (tutorial that sort of matches your assignment), how to post a slideshow on Instagram, how to think visually in a [...]

March 28

Hello—my name is John  Beatty … it’s been a while. For that reason I have adjusted the Schedule and Assignment pages from this week forward, so let’s start with a quick look there. Then I’ll give back the last posts (Pyramid/skills). I’d like Group 3 to present next and you all will write a post [...]


Let me put this in a separate post for class this week.  I have a Spark video (a slideshow, actually) that I did for a workshop here at La Salle last year. The idea is for you to try embedding it by pasting the HTML in your Text/HTML editor (did it work? Does support [...]

Videos, Soundslides

A reminder that you can get the full trial copy of Soundslides and then bring your files (be sure you have everything in one project folder folder; there’ll be several folders starting with 200_200 400_300 and so on, as well as the publish_to_web folder if you’ve already done an Export; also be sure you have [...]

March 24

Seems this is networking night, as several of us have to be at events all or part of the evening. Often at this time when I am asking you to go out into the field, we would give credit for that and reduce class time (in some years we have been able to shoot during [...]


We will use Soundslides (our software, and like Audacity, sort of the standard, powering for example New York Times shows). For now, take a look at their site, support, etc., and these examples:

Indiana student who was new to multimedia
Indiana student who had a good deal of experience at photography.
One from our Great Migration class of [...]

March 10

Here’s the plan:

return items
intern possibility for summer at BillyPenn
sign up for discussion #4 next week; in addition to earlier suggestions (e.g. NYTimes innovation report, or Andrew Sullivan links), here’s a piece with a long video on best writing practices for Twitter (and we’ll try the retweet test)
reminder that audio and an are due tonight [...]

April 24

After we get things rolling, and I return a few items including reporting plans, we will have “lab” time to finish Soundslides, including narration, final export, FTP,  and the gigya shortcode to embed it in your blogs. Most of these details are back in the April 3 post and you have a handout on the [...]

April 17

Tonight’s agenda:

look at what NPR is doing with new media (post below)
return Goldbacher assignment, comments, chart, video
check in on status of slideshow content (due next week) and video from food drive, other
visit from Prof. Jule Ann Henstenburg; ASSIGNMENT: Write a 200-plus word post on our guest’s visit tonight; the angle is up to you, [...]

April 10


last call for posts on Dr. Goldbacher’s visit
look at her slides and video and video download add-on’Jon Matos will continue his duiscussion of video including the summer project from last year
other video resources including:

some other video resources for you to consult as you go to the field next week: NewsU self-directed course on video storytelling;  [...]

April 3

Main areas for tonight are planning for slideshows and video, prep for our visitor at 7, the “press conference,” and post assignment, and looking at slideshow design and tutorials, then practice with my photos and sound file, and try embedding a test in your blog. A reminder that we will be in lab in Holroyd [...]

March 13

Quick agenda:

no class next week
return of HTML/PHP
reminder to finish nutrition labels post by tomorrow morning
last chance to post audio either in WordPress or Soundcloud
finish due tonight as well
probable visit from LGU students and Bill Durham, La Salle Community liaison in preparation for slideshow assignment
slideshow assignment
handout on Soundslides and possible practice with the images below
look [...]

February 27

OK—hope you are all up on what happened with the new nutrition labels. Here is tonight’s agenda:

take a look at the posts yesterday and assign you the next Nutrition Issues post: 200+ words on what was actually decided, with some art (I took my own picture of a yogurt label) and at least two  links [...]

April 15

Transition day, of a sort—hope it’s not too taxing.

Here’s the plan

Update on Soundslides project; please make a note to bring all of your photos to class Wednesday so I can get them on a USB (also final audio MP3 if possible)
Reporting plans back, with discussion of Fresh Grocer issues. In continuation of that discussion see [...]

New slide embed

April 10

Continuing on …

A bit of a soap box first. Several people for various reasons, some of their making, some not, did not cover an Easter Food Drive event. In the former case, you need(ed) to come forward and admit and explain that to me; in any case, we needed to talk to make alternative plans. [...]

April 8

Big day (aren’t they all?).  Three main areas to address:

Slideshows—status of content, work on Soundslides on laying out slideshow and Export to Web (see March 18 post)
Issues related to press conference Wednesday with Jule Ann Henstenburg, director of La Salle’s Nutrition Program (plan on one person in your group doing a video; check in Olney [...]

Video conversion, audio this week

If you are trying one of the Panasonic cameras (don’t forget they also take good-quality stills), you might want to consider this free video converter (not sure if it times out) from Cool Utils.

Free video converter (?)

Also when you are out reporting on the food drive, consider taking an audio recorder to ask the [...]

Test Soundslides embed

Recall that I pasted the embed code supplied by the Soundslides embed tool (link in March 18 post) into the Text window of the dashboard, not the Visual. Also you can do more before you embed (resize it, etc.) and you should pick a template in Soundslides that fits your color scheme.

March 18

Agenda for today, mainly continuing Soundslides and introducing video:

a handout from the Wall Street Journal on menu calories at McD’s and note the food elasticities study I posted March 5 (below)
reminder to get in movie reviews (should be back to you Wednesday)
look at a few more instructive slideshows
finish exploration of Soundslides; note that some of [...]

March 13

Take a look at the second installment on the slideshow assignment. Then go back to the examples of slideshows on the Feb. 27 post.

You’ve got a Soundslides handout by Michelle Johnson from Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar. I’ll also link to another rubric for the images (Sue Robinson, Wisconsin) and a PDF on video and audio storytelling [...]

February 27: churches, slideshows, movie review

We now have our list of other participating churches, food pantries, etc. The best place to see them all is on the Google map that I have updated (I suggest you link to this somewhere or try embedding it as I have done here. A caution for iframe embeds is to paste the code in [...]

Week 12

OK—we only have two more classes in lab, so this week will be a busy one. The main segments will be:

Group reports and discussion about your video “mission statements” plus a look at some of the footage you plan on including
Video tips on shot selection, editing, and a walk through with Windows MovieMaker (again, best [...]

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 [...]

Soundslides embed

Just saw this on Campfire Journalism. It said (but help page was done in 2008) that you can use embed code for, but not .com. So that problem remains. But the SoundSlides utility here  lets you create the embed code for a video you have in a Soundslides publish_to_web folder. This is the result:


(Oh [...]

Slideshows and taking stock

Here’s the plan for today:

update on who owes what (law, ethics, 8 posts)
another look at Soundslides (e.g. Movement under Slide Info can be useful e.g. as a zoom effect but even that can be overused)
photo tips explained and a look back at some examples; plus here are a few more: force the flash if sun [...]

Posting Flash (.swf) in Soundslides

As I was saying in the previous post, playing a Soundslides presentation directly in WordPress, rather than on an HTML page (via its publish_to_web feature) has a non-obvious solution. You’ll see that at this point I have links only. I tried to Add Media via Upload/Insert but got only the link again. It’s exported as [...]

Soundslides and slideshows part 2

Your assignment is to create a slideshow with audio that lasts from 1:30 to 2:00. It needs a narration at least, but for extra credit and a better product, you can also add recorded sound/interviews and music. For free music, try  The procedure is up to you but here are some tips:

storyboard the show [...]

Practice photos

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margin: auto;
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float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 33%;
#gallery-2 img {
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;
#gallery-2 .gallery-caption {
margin-left: 0;

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