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HOW AND WHY JOURNALISTS CREATE AUDIO SLIDESHOWS

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Abstract:

Almost all newsroom staff now create content specifically for the Web. Only a handful of studies address aspects of multimedia news production, and no studies have focused on the increasingly popular audio slideshow format. This paper reports the results of an exploratory, qualitative survey of 38 newspaper workers who produce audio slideshows to understand better how and why journalists use them. Although videos are published by a greater percentage of newspapers than audio slideshows, the survey respondents by-and-large prefer the latter as a storytelling medium. Many reported newsroom contention regarding how video verses audio slideshows should be used and feel pressure to focus on the quantity, rather than quality, of multimedia news stories.

Keywords: audio slideshows; convergence; multimedia news; online journalism; online newspapers; technology adoption; video

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2010.530977

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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