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Tool of the week for journalists: Story Wheel, for easy audio slideshows

Tool of the week: Story Wheel

What is it? An easy audio slideshow tool using Instagram and SoundCloud

How is it of use to journalists? If you are a journalist who regularly uses Instagram to share photos, here is a tool that will allow you turn the images into a story.

Go to the Story Wheel site, connect your Instagram account, click the pictures you want to use and then record audio, hitting the space bar every time you want the picture to change to the next in your selection.

An audio slideshow takes just minutes to make and is a quicker option than using tools such as Soundslides.

Although you can’t embed the audio slideshow, it does offer journalists a great way of telling a story around their images and sharing via social media.

You can see examples of Instagram audio slideshows on the Story Wheel site.

According to the Story Wheel site, the tool come out of a hack day. It was built using the SoundCloud api for the audio part and is now part of SoundCloud Labs.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – inspiring audio slideshows made by students

Online journalism tutor Mindy McAdams has provided links to a series of audio slideshows, all created by journalism students.

Writing on her blog she says:

Sometimes it’s a challenge to find appropriate examples to show to students. Of course we professors love to show them work by top multimedia journalists — but that can be intimidating. Seeing good work by other students can inspire undergraduates to step up and do better.

Here is a link to the post detailing the audio slideshow examples.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link– we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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App of the week for journalists – Voddio, for slideshows and video

December 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted by in App of the Week, Multimedia

App of the week: Voddio

Operating systems: Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)

Cost: Free (you will need to pay £2.49 to unlock the sending and sharing functions)

What is it and how is it of use to journalists?

Voddio allows you to record and edit audio and video in multitrack and produce audio slideshows.

It is the latest app from Vericorder, which makes apps for journalists, and combines the functionality from its other paid-for apps – 1st Video, VC Audio Pro and Showcase – in a single app, which is free to download.

Voddio has has the ability to produce richer slideshows than earlier app Showcase, introducing titles and transitions for images.

After testing and creating audio, video and slideshows users can then opt to pay to unlock the sending and sharing functions.

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Have you got a favourite app that you use as a journalist? Fill in this form to nominate an app for Journalism.co.uk’s app of the week for journalists.

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App of the week for journalists – Showcase, for creating audio slideshows

November 23rd, 2011 | 4 Comments | Posted by in App of the Week, Mobile, Multimedia

App of the week: Showcase

Operating systems: Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)

Cost: £5.49

What is it and how is it of use to journalists? Showcase allows you to record audio or import audio and photos to create an audio slideshow.

The app is made by Vericorder, maker of mobile journalism products and the people behind 1st Video and VC Audio Pro, both previous apps of the week.

Showcase enables you to use audio or photographs already on your iOS device or take photos and record audio. You can then edit them together and export the video file in a variety of sizes over a wireless network, upload it directly to YouTube or email the file.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – audio and video inspiration

For video and audio slideshow ideas check out the National Press Photographers Association competition galleries, with new winners posted each month. Tipster: Judith Townend.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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