Workshop for Journalism Students

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Soundslides tips & tricks

Download Soundslides –> here (Windows or Mac).

  • Soundslides: A Brief Introduction — this is a short summary of some of the things we discussed in class. It includes links to a few other helpful resources.
  • Examples — explore some good examples of what kind of stories you can tell with Soundslides (links).
  • Soundslides Storytelling — watch this PowerPoint to learn how to think about the story you want to tell.

As we discussed in class, if you want to try Soundslides, it is free to download. You can add any photos and any music track and just experiment. Remember to SAVE and EXPORT after you have finished editing the project.

To tell a real journalism story, you must record and edit an interview. Do not be lazy and use music.

A good journalist will write a caption for EACH photo. Include the names of everyone in the photo. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct!

NEW: One student encountered a problem with her audio in Soundslides. Before import, the audio file sounded okay. After import to Soundslides, the audio is bad — high and squeaky, sounding strange. This happens because the project settings (in the editing program) are not correct. Please read about how to solve this problem. The audio file must be 16-bit and have a sample rate of 44.1 kHz.


Software list for the workshop

The following software will be used in the workshop. Please download and install it on your own computer. The software will also be available for your use on the lab computers.

  1. Audio editing: Audacity (read instructions in this tutorial so that you install it properly — the link to the download page is in the tutorial also). NOTE that you must download the LAME encoder and follow the instructions for installing it. There are SIX STEPS on page 1 of the tutorial. FOLLOW THE STEPS.
  2. Slideshows: Soundslides (download)
  3. Video editing: If you have Windows 7, install Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM); if you have an older version of Windows, you should already have Windows Movie Maker (WMM). If you have a MacBook, get iMovie 09 or iMovie 11.
  4. Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop version CS 4 or later
  5. Animation: Adobe Flash version CS 4 or later

Before installing new software on a WIndows computer, you should ALWAYS first run the Windows update program and install ALL the security updates and Service Pack updates. If you do not do it, you are very likely to experience problems caused by Windows after you install new software.