Talk to The Times: One in 8 Million

The 'One in 8 Million' Series in the New York Times is a great example of how to do the audio slideshow well. (I will do my damndest to avoid calling it multimedia for as long as I can!)

Now the newsroom staff have gone online to answer questions about the series, which is worth a read for several reasons. Here are a few of them;

1 - To see how many skilled people are actually involved in the production of these pieces. The myth being pushed in many journalism circles these days is that as a lone journalist struggling to survive in this industry you have to go out into the field with four still cameras, two video cameras, a host of microphones and audio recorders, three cameras with HD video capability and a notebook for good measure, and that you have to take the pictures, record the audio and shoot the video all at once and edit it before bedtime. Not true in this case. It takes a whole team amd a long time. As it should.

2 - Stories are difficult to do. Possibly my favourite quote "We're perpetually trying to break into neighborhoods and ethnic communities that are less visible, less predictable, less familiar — but it's hard."

3 - There is lots of people doing this, and doing it well. Not only are there a wealth of people's stories, told through these slideshows, but this kind of series is not unique to the Times. Check this one from Brazil for example. (Could someone with knowledge of Portuguese translate for me please!)

4 - Multimedia (oops) might well be the future.

5 - Then again....

1 comment:

Thomas said...

Tom,
I find your first point especially noteworthy, and the NYT site a good example. There have been times, when a photographer went out shooting the story and the (darkroom-) printer developed and printed his pictures. Why should a photographer be a jack of all trades nowadays? Teamwork should be discussed far more in the field of digital storytelling. Otherwise the photographer might forget one day to capture a good picture over struggling with the 0101s!