For this post I have to critique to audio slideshows. I have to say it was very hard trying to find audio slideshows to critique that pertained to the topic of my blog. However, both of these slideshows are about sports and sports is something that’s relevant to this blog so I believe these will do.
A Boxer’s First Professional Fight
This first slideshow is about a boxer who is embarking on his first professional fight. Photographer Tom Jenkins of the guardian followed boxing prospect George Kean’s journey through his victory over opponent Rick Boulter. The slideshow begins with Kean walking into the arena and details his night all the way until the gloves are taken off in the locker room after the fight. What I liked about this slideshow was that there was no one talking over the photographs. You just had the sights and sounds of what was going on in the pictures, and I must say that the audio matched up with the pictures perfectly. When Kean is punching the boxing mitts of his trainer in the locker room before the fight the sounds are sharp and crisp, while the sounds of the audience while he’s entering the ring make you feel like you’re there. The images are on long enough to let you get a good look at them, and while there aren’t any captions for this slideshow you can clearly tell what’s going on in the photos. What I like about this slideshow in particular is how it gives you the options to fast forward to specific parts using a menu, not unlike a DVD. The journalistic value of this piece is that the sights and sounds help envision the people watching the slideshow like they’re actually there at the event, which is something that I also find inspiring since I’ve always wanted to go to a boxing match. You can really see the detail and effort that’s put into one single fight, stuff that you don’t see on TV.
A Big Red Revival
This second slideshow deals with the University of Nebraska welcoming their new head coach, Bo Pelini, into their community. The story was by Chris Machian for The New York Times and was voiced over by Joe Drape. What I like about this slideshow is that it shows just how much college football means to the community in Nebraska. They take their college football very seriously, as it’s practically the only thing they got out there. The passion of the fans and the burden that’s placed on Pelini’s shoulders to do well is shown brilliantly in this piece by describing how Nebraska’s the only major university in the area and how Nebraska has a tradition for doing well. The actual slideshow itself details a luncheon event that welcomes Bo Pelini as new head coach, but a sense of tension can be detected even through just photographs and audio. This is done by explaining how the previous coach, Bill Callahan, failed to bring Nebraska back to relevance. From a journalistic standpoint the photos themselves are terrific; you got close up shots, wide shots, medium shots, and detailed shots of things such as a championship ring and a Nebraska shaped cookie from the luncheon. You can tell by the pictures and audio about the laid back atmosphere of the luncheon. What I find inspiring about this slideshow is how much Nebraska’s culture towards football resembles a lot of SEC schools in a way; it’s like their whole existence is based on how well the football team does. However, my question for my audience is this: should a town or community be so heavily involved in sports to the point where it struggles to function without it?