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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!