Convergence Conference: Slide shows
Jonathan Lillie, Loyola-Maryland: Newspaper journalists as multimediators
Exploratory study of audio slide show producers – ended up with 30 papers
• Most doing it are photojournalists (27). Others: multimedia specialists (16)
• Most self-trained
• Almost all use Soundslides
• On average create one or two a month
Slideshows were seen as an alternative to video, which management pushed but photojournalists resisted.
Almost all said it improved their reporting – more involved in the process. More competition with reporters to get good assignments.
Most see themselves using an "NPR" style more than a local broadcast style.
• It does require extra work, and that cuts into the time for better photojournalism.
• But most do believe they are worth the extra effort
• There is pressure to "get it up" without necessarily an emphasis on quality.
• Pressure from management still to do video. Management believes video gets the most hits and that pressure is on for "hits."