I love the slideshow assignment. It gives students a break from writing and a chance for a few of those lessons to sink in while they work on something physical and hands-on.
And studying slideshows gives us something fun to do in class. Here’s four I always use:
- One in 8 Million, The New York Times. Pick any story here. They are all fantastic.
- The Marlboro Marine, by Luis Sinco, The Los Angeles Times. Though at 16 minutes its a bit long, the interview and the images are compelling and intimate.
- The Water Dance, by Bill Cunningham, The New York Times. I love Cunningham’s work and really enjoy hearing him laugh in this piece.
- The Chess Competition, by Jenna Isaacson, Columbia Daily Tribune. You can’t listen to this soundtrack without falling in love with this kid. There’s a lot of attention paid to the details here. Notice the nat sound, the combination of wide, medium and tight images and the way the photos and sound match.