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Audio Slideshow Critique

Here I am again so soon!

For my next critique I will be looking at two audio slideshows about food. What interests me about audio slideshows is that it combines the element of listening for people who like to listen to stories more and images so someone can still focus on items throughout the story-telling process.

I’m interested to see how these are put together!

1. Daily Bread Food Bank by Jeanna Reasonover with the Tennessean.

This audio slideshow is about a family that opens a food bank after realizing there was a need for food in their rural community.

I think this is a good slideshow because it shows the steps the family takes to helping the community through each picture and it also shows who they are impacting with their service. Although it’s a decent slideshow, I wish there were more action shots in the slideshow.

The captions in the slideshow are not very very good because there was one caption for a lot of photos in a row, when they could have come up with different captions for each photo to give more detail to the story.

Another thing I liked about the slideshow is they interviewed someone that was impacted by the service the family was providing.

The journalistic value in this content is showing a story of people from the community and how their act of kindness can really change people’s lives. I think journalists need to cover more heartwarming stories to show the world isn’t all bad.

I find the story behind the slideshow inspiring because it makes me want to get out there and find a need I can help eliminate in my community. Would you make a difference in your community if it only took a few steps?

2. Tom Colicchio’s sea bass with olive oil vinaigrette

The photography is by Anne Cusack and Jennifer S. Altman with The LA Times. The audio is by Russ Parsons and Tom Colicchio and the slide show is by Jenn Harris.

The audio slideshow is about Tom Colicchio, Top Chef judge, demonstrating his recipe for sea bass with olive oil vinaigrette.

Although I love watching people make food, this audio slideshow went way too fast and the captions were only on the screen for no more than five seconds. That was way too fast for me to get the information I wanted out of the slideshow. Usually people only want to watch a slide show once, so if they have to go back because they didn’t catch the information, they won’t be very happy.

The captions did have a lot of detail in them and were better than the previous slideshow’s captions because they varied between each picture, but the speed of them was really one of my concerns.

The captions also detailed a lot of what the speaker was saying, so I wish the captions added some information that wasn’t already being said.

I think there is some journalistic qualities in this slideshow because it’s opening the minds of individuals who watch the slideshow and helping them learn about something new.

I love food, but not so much the cooking part. Although this was a quick video, it still intrigued me to want to branch out and try new foods.

Overall both of these slideshows inspired me in different ways!

Slideshows that not only make me hungry, but they inspire me

While searching for food-related photo slideshows for a Multimedia assignment, I realized that I should be doing this a lot more often. Not only because I can learn new recipes, but learn from the creativity of others.

I hope these slideshows inspire more than just me.

1. Essential Thanksgiving by Julia Moskin and Melissa Clark from The New York Times.

This photo slideshow, multimedia presentation includes more than just photos. Detailing different Thanksgiving recipes and different styles of making each dish, the slideshow also provides videos associated with each Thanksgiving favorite.


I think what makes this a journalistic piece is the way the authors gathered the information for each dish to figure out the best way to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. I like how this was even written about in the first place because I know if this story interests me it will interests many others. The way they incorporate lots of multimedia aspects into the piece also keeps readers interested throughout the entire article.

I find the way they make cooking sound so fun inspiring. It makes me want to go out to the store and cook a five-course meal for me and my friends.

Now readers even though you may not be an excellent cook, this photo slideshow will make you want to try. Go have a delicious look.

2. A Soup Saved from the Cold by Ligaya Mishan and photos by Michael Nagle from The New York Times.

This photo slideshow shows the story of a restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y. that  is one of the only Chinese restaurants to serve a sacred Yunnan Province dish called Guoqiao Mixian, or Crossing-the-Bridge Noodles. It shows the process of the dish and the people behind the dish.


This is journalistic writing because they went out in the the Big Apple and found a story in a small Chinese restaurant. I feel like journalism is all about making small, what seem like insignificant things, a story.

This piece is inspiring to me because it makes me want to go out and find a story in an unexpected place. It also inspires me to go out and talk to people to find that interesting story that’s not seen right away.

Do you think people if more people made the effort to go out and search for interesting stories that more people would take interest in soft news and features?

3. Sugar Love: A Not So Sweet Tale by Robert Clark with National Geographic.

This photo slideshow is about how people have grown to love sugar throughout the ages. Who doesn’t love that? Unfortunately, it also details the extreme unhealthy nature of sugar.

I think this has journalistic value because it’s telling the public something they need to know about their well-being and health.

I find this piece inspiring because first of all I love candy and second of all, it takes a new look into a different aspect of candy than someone would normally do. Everyone loves to talk about candy, but not everyone tells you the truth about it.