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Audio slideshow: Pentecostals in Harlem
January 16, 2007, 1:00 pm
Filed under: audio, Flash, journalism, multimedia, photojournalism, storytelling

The story of a Latino storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem: House Afire. Three parts in a purpose-built audio slideshow. Excellent audio, beautiful photos. There is also a very nice use of embedded video that works wonderfully to tell the story, in each one of the three segments. Vea esta presentación interactiva bilingüe en la Web. Gabriel Dance and Geoff McGhee made the Flash for The New York Times.

The outstanding thing about this package is the reporting. Everything about it tells me that time was spent and care was taken to tell a story about why people love this church and what it brings to their lives. I’ve walked past hundreds of churches like this in several American cities, but I never knew what they were about. Now I have an idea.

The reporter is David Gonzalez.

Update: Produced by Juliet Gorman. Not clear from the credits on the package what that entails, but according to a comment from Gabriel, it means a ton of editing work!

Update (Jan. 21): Just got an e-mail from David Gonzalez with some clarification about who did what to produce this package:

Angel Franco: Photographer who shot the series (using film, not digital). He also did all the video, except for the baptism footage (which was taken by Juan Carlos Matias, one of the members of the congregation). Angel also did a fair amount of audio recording, more or less providing all the audio for Days One and Two. He was so taken by the audio that he pushed to do this bilingually.

Juliet Gorman: The producer who put it all together, doing an amazing job of integrating the various elements seamlessly and making sure the bilingual features worked well. She also did the audio recording/interviews (along with me) for the Day Three chapter on the kids. She also fine-tuned the narration.

Meaghan Looram: The main photo editor for the stills. She worked closely with Juliet too.

Dave Frank: Edited the video footage shot by Angel.

Me: Reported and wrote the series. Scripted and did the narration (which was minimal, since we wanted the piece to focus on the people in the stories).

Gonzalez also wrote that everyone at the Times is quite pleased with the final product, “especially the bilingual features.”

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hi mindy,

so glad you enjoyed the piece. i think that it is a fantastic piece of multimedia journalism.

i wanted to point out, however, that while i’d love to accept more credit than i am due, it is juliet gorman who in fact produced the piece. geoff and i tweaked out the interface, made things run a little smoother, added subtitles, etc. but all the actual production credit should go to juliet. she worked long and hard and was involved with the story (audio, photos, video) from the very start.

this piece was nicely promoted in print as well as on the site and is a flagship piece of integration for nytimes.com.

Comment by gabriel dance

I wish you guys (and others, like the LA Times) would put full credits on these packages. I mean audio editor, video editor, etc. This is hard work, and I think people should get credit for it. Like Hollywood movie credits! Also, who gathered the audio? Was that Gonzalez?

When I say “built the Flash,” I mean the container, the FLA. Not the content, the photos, video and audio. This one is MUCH nicer than a lot of the older NYT FLAs, so don’t step back from that. It’s a very fine piece of journalism AND design.

Comment by Mindy McAdams

usually it breaks down something like this:

If there is only one producer listed. that producer was responsible for selecting and sequencing the photos, recording and cutting the audio, and any other media that might be involved.

if there are two producers listed usually one is responsible for the audio and the other is responsible for the photos.

i suppose there is an argument for listing exactly what each producer did, but if you think about multimedia in terms of the equivalent of a story, there are plenty of times in which a story has several contributing authors, but you don’t know which part was written by which author. this is similar. it was worked on by several producers, each of whom played a role in shaping the final story.

now was that intentional when the templates and credits were designed? i doubt it. and it very well might change with the next set of templates.

Comment by gabriel dance




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