Trevor Cadigan Audio Slideshow

A behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the control and on the floor during a 10 p.m. newscast at WFAA. Floor Director Bill Sons tells why he loves his job and his co-workers.

:05 – WFAA Anchor John McCaa records a teaser for the 10 p.m. newscast.

:10 – WFAA Sports Anchor Dale Hansen reads the updates for the day’s sports and Floor Director Bill Sons readies the next camera.

:14 – Cameraman Dode Vigley adjusts his rundown before it’s time to go on the air.

:19 – Cameraman Jared Phillips adjusts his camera and Sons gets ready to cue the anchors for the start of the show.

:24 – McCaa waits patiently for the commercial break to be over.

:29 – Producer Jenny Lyon and Director John Rios anticipate the D-block and review the CGs for the next story.

:38 – Sons checks how much time is left before Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus delivers his weather forecast.

:44 – McCaa and co-anchor Cynthia Izaguirre read the opening stories for the 10 p.m. newscast.

:48 – Delkus teases his weather forecast outside of WFAA’s Victory Plaza Studio.

:52 – The on-air talent converse with each other, while the floor director cues the next camera for TV.

:58 – Delkus educates the viewing public about the weather to come.

1:09 – Sons crosses off a story on his rundown.

1:12 – McCaa and Izaguirre check their scripts for upcoming stories.

1:16 – Vigley and Phillips converse before the commercial break is over.

1:22 – The crew gets ready for the end of the newscast and Hansen’s sports update.

1:28 – McCaa and Izaguirre react to a joke told by Sons and get ready to end the newscast.

1:36 – The talent of the 10 p.m. newscast react to a joke told by Delkus.

1:41 – Hansen delivers the updates from Moyal and ends his sports segment.

1:45 – Sons alerts the talent where to look next.

1:51 – Lyon and Rios look over the details of the script for the 10 p.m. newscast.

1:54 – Sons counts down the time until the 10 p.m. newscast is over.

1:56 – Rios brings in the final CGs for the newscast and takes a 2-shot of McCaa and Izaguirre.

1:59 – Sons takes off his headset and heads out the door after a successful night of delivering the news.

Storyboarding and Audio Slideshows

We’re getting to the point where it’s time to come up with a specific, cohesive plan for your audio slideshow. Over the next week or two, we’ll be refining your storytelling structure through storyboarding.

We’ll spend most of today’s class in group critique sessions of five audio slideshows. But first, I wanted to pass along these organizational tips from Jen Friedberg, a multimedia journalist who previously spoke to SMU Digital Journalism classes:

(Jen Friedberg,

1. Decide what the angle of your story is. You should be able to state this in 3 words and one of those words should be a verb.
e.g. Camels carry people

At most, it should take a short sentence to explain your angle.

2. Keeping your topic in mind, do a pre interview and get an idea of what the person is going to say. This might be informal, just a conversation.

3. Pick 3 or 4 questions to record. This keeps the amount of audio you have to wade through down. Re-ask those questions on tape in a quiet place. If there is an event going on, you may have to move your subject elsewhere.

4. With an idea on what your audio will say, start shooting.

5. If there is a live event associated with your piece, collect natural or ambient sound (background noise) at the event – at least a minute or two that you can use later sort of as a soundtrack. Try to get sounds that go along with the pictures you are taking. You can layer this in under your primary interview.

This is not un-ethical. It’s like using a flash.

6. Shoot a lot, especially detail (close-up) photos. Plan to have your photos stay up for 5-7 seconds max. So, if you’re doing a 1:30 piece, that’s 18 photos.

Also, get shots of your subject – people want to see who is speaking.

Plan to ID your main subject with a lower-third – this can save valuable time because the subject doesn’t have to take audio time to introduce himself.

If it is impossible to show a picture of your subject when he/she starts speaking, your lower-third can say “Voice of XXX”

7. Edit your audio together in a way that it tells the story. If you get really stuck, use text slides – especially if you want to present complicated facts or figures.

8. Select your photos and arrange them so they make sense with the audio. Try timing the pictures to the words. Don’t have each one play for the same amount of time.

Elizabeth Lowe Audio Slideshow

The Plot Against Hunger at the Our Savior Community Garden is part of the Gardeners in Community Development, a Heifer International-sponsered organization in Dallas, TX.
At the garden, community members learn to grown their own organic vegetables. Other community members volunteer at the garden to help harvest crops.
Half of the garden’s harvest goes to the Pleasant Grove Food pantry across the street. In this way, GICD has found a way to bring people together for the betterment of the community – learning new trades and feeding those in need.