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Show + Tell: Multimedia Cross Training
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke (March 3-6, 2011)

This was the first multimedia institute from Big Shed and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. 18 media makersphotographers, writers, radio producers, editors, publishers and otherslearned new skills in either audio or photography and composed their first original multimedia content. We had such a good time and learned so much, we're looking forward to more of these in the future. In the meantime, we hope you'll take a minute to enjoy the beautiful work they created. (Click here for full workshop description.)
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Participant Projects
Everyone worked in teams to create an audio slideshow. They recorded and photographed local subjects to create their stories. We limited their work to 60 seconds (more or less), and what resulted was a beautiful bevy of multimedia haikus. Enjoy.

The Scrap Exchange: Ruth Warren
Diana Greene (audio) + Patty Fung (photo)

Darko Urban Farm: Rochelle Sparko
Minnie Sagar (photo) + Brooke Darrah Shuman (audio)

Marry Durham: Kaferine de Nerve
Laura Harbert Allen (photo) + Krissa Palmer (audio)

Duke Farm: Emily Sloss
Marla Pierson Lester (audio) + Allison Swaim (photo)

Cleveland-Holloway Neighborhood: Ken Gasch
Mary Anne Andrei (photo) + Ted Genoways (audio)

Patanjali's Place, a community yoga space: Bryan Carey
Ashley Milne-Tyte (photo) + Alix Blair/Jen Deer (audio)

Food Drive: NC School of Science and Math
Kathryn Mobley (photo) + Kim Rishi (audio)

Dogwalk: Beth Bakke
Lindsay Patterson (photo) + Sarah Stacke (audio)

Cleveland-Holloway Neighborhood: Jessie Gladin-Kramer
Kate Long (photo) + Marc Maximov (audio)

Rivermont: Wendy Jacobs and Michael Meredith
Lisa Sorg (audio) + Forrest McCuller (photo)

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Show + Tell: Multimedia Cross Training
March 3-6, 2011 | Durham, NC

Big Shed and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke are partnering to bring you an intensive, three-day institute for photographers, writers, radio producers, editors, publishers and other media makers who want to improve their ability to make gripping multimedia content. This cross training is designed for those with experience in field documentation (audio, photo, or writing), digital editing, and story construction. Participants will learn fundamental skills in a new medium—photography or audio production. Using your new skills, we’ll then teach you to create strong, standalone multimedia work. Storytelling for multimedia has its own parameters. You must find the right mix of tension and agreement, image and sound, story and stimulus. Show + Tell offers a rich combination of technical training, aesthetic approaches, and an exploration of industry trends.
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Audio I / Photo I: Fieldwork* – Strategies for finding good content and capturing it professionally. From learning how to get the most out of your equipment to finding great content and documenting it well.

Audio II / Photo II: Digital Production* – You’ll learn new editing software, you’ll learn important techniques for editing your raw audio or photo content. Once you understand the technology, we’ll help you find, clean and begin composing the digital conent you gathered in the field.

Multimedia I: Audio Slideshow Production – You will receive training in technical and aesthetic approaches to creating audio slideshows. These slideshows can be rendered as either flash slideshows or video files. We will be working in a flash composer, instead of video editing software, because we can teach you more in a shorter time.

Multimedia II: Team Fieldwork Exercise – Working with a partner, you will use your new fieldwork skills to gather audio and photos to tell a multimedia story.

Multimedia III: Final Production Exercise – Working with your partner, you will use your new digital editing and multimedia composition skills to create an audio slideshow.

* These are cross training tracks. Each participant will focus on either photography or audio.
This is a cross training, designed to build on what you already know. Whatever your background, we’re going to teach you techniques and strategies in a new medium—skills for fieldwork and digital editing. Then we’ll teach you how to combine still photos and audio to create an audio slideshow. For your new medium, you can choose either photography or audio storytelling. If you’re a photographer, we’ll teach you audio skills techniques. If your specialty is audio, we’ll teach you core photography skills and techniques. And if you’re coming from a different background—writing, editing, etc., you can choose either medium. In workshops, you’ll develop new skills. In field exercises, you’ll put what you’ve learned to use, and during evening presentations, we’ll explore some of the larger issues surrounding this work. All of this towards your leaving the training with a working knowledge of the elements you need to plan and create topnotch multimedia stories.

What We Mean, When We Say "Multimedia" – A media-rich tour of the multimedia universea history of it's recent evolution, an exploration of the aesthetic issues raised by all of this media convergence.

The View From the Field – Media makers share their work and discuss the practical realities of doing this work on the ground.

The View From the Desk – Editors discuss the present and future of publishing multimedia stories.
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Amy O'Leary is a news editor at The New York Times, where she edits online features and multimedia. In 2007, she was the first-ever audio producer hired by the Times, where her work has been nominated for three Emmy awards. Prior to that, she worked as a producer for public radio's This American Life. As a freelancer, Amy has produced stories for Radio Lab, On The Media, Weekend America and Studio 360. She’s originally from Renton, Washington. Amy will be on hand throughout the training.

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Shea Shackelford is an audio documentary producer and media educator. In 2009, he created The Place + Memory Project in partnership with NPR Weekend Edition — a public media project mapping a landscape of remembered places. In 2010, he won a Bronze for Best Documentary from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Shea is a regular producer-in-residence at CDS. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shea is assisting educators, organizations, artists and other producers in using sound and storytelling to spread their own ideas. Shea co-founded Big Shed with Jennifer Deer. (Audio + Multimedia)

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Jesse Dukes has been working as a journalist since 2005, producing audio and multimedia stories for radio and the web. He also writes magazine articles. His radio work has aired on Studio 360, Weekend Edition and Day to Day and other national and regional radio programs. Print and multimedia work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and Global Post. When he isn’t working from his home in Charlottesville, VA, Jesse’s frequently on the road, reporting from places as far and wide as central Alaska, Downeast Maine, or Cairo, Egypt. Jesse joined the Big Shed team in 2009. (Audio + Multimedia)

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Maisie Crow is a freelance photographer, videographer and multimedia producer based in New York City. In 2010, her multimedia project, "A Life Alone", was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy. That same year, Maisie attended the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. She has worked with MediaStorm, Save the Children, Robin Hood Foundation and Bread for the World. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Ian Parry Scholarship and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant. Her multimedia work has been screened at LOOKbetween and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. (Photo + Multimedia)

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Jennifer Deer is a writer, performer, and audio producer living in North Carolina. Her work for radio has been aired on such nationally syndicated public radio programs as All Things Considered, Day to Day, Weekend Edition, and Weekend America. She co-founded Big Shed, an audio and multimedia production shop, where she co-curates their audio documentary podcast. Jennifer also teaches workshops in radio production at CDS. (Audio + Multimedia)

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Elena Rue is a multimedia storyteller who uses the camera as a tool for exploration and learning. As a 2006 Lewis Hine Fellow, Elena spent 10 months working with a non-governmental organization, Hope for Children, in Ethiopia. For three years she coordinated the Literacy Through Photography program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she was a 2010 News 21 Fellow and is currently a fellow with the Reese Felts Digital Newsroom. (Photo + Multimedia)
A Life Alone
Produced by Maisie Crow

After the loss of his wife, Tom Rose must confront the present while
reminiscing in the past and preparing for a future alone.

Fighting Season: Three Summers in Kandahar
Produced by Jesse Dukes
with Shea Shackelford

Features the images and field recordings of award-winning documentary photographer Louie Palu. Published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2010, Online Edition.

A Son's Eyes
Produced by Elena Rue

Renee Pinkney’s 19 year-old son Don’Tay suffers from a mental illness and committed a crime during a psychotic episode. Renee and her husband Joey are fighting to gain rights for their son and help him get out of jail to receive the treatment he needs.

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1) What will I walk away from this training knowing how to do? (i.e. What can I tell my boss?)

We're designing the course so you can develop three core competencies. We think there are several auxiliary benefits, but at a minimum, you will:

a) Learn basic techniques and strategies for fieldwork and digital editing in one new medium (either photography or audio storytelling ... you'll choose). Those techniques will be tailored for getting what you need for creating a multimedia story.

b) Learn to create a multimedia slideshow using still photos an audio, both technique and approaches. This will include the "how-to" of building a multimedia slideshow, but we will also talk about aesthetic strategies to telling stories using more than one medium so they strengthen rather than convolute the overall story.

c) Develop a practical understanding of the fieldwork and composition that's involved in creating good multimedia products. Whether it's you, alone; you working with collaborators; or you assigning staff to create a product, we want you to be able to plan and execute a project without over or under-budgeting your time and resources.

Some of the extra things we'll be covering:
- how to manage multiple media gathering jobs in the field
- how to collaborate with other media producers when working on a common product
- what elements you need from the field to create successful multimedia work
- how to approach work that integrates multiple mediums
- industry trends in multimedia work

2) How should I be thinking about this training fitting into the process of learning how to work with audio/multimedia?

This training will be a practical and theoretical grounding in the technical and aesthetic aspects of multimedia storytelling.

Media makers will get the tools to up their game in a related medium, and a solid primer on making top-notch multimedia work. While you're here, we'll do hands-on practicing of everything you learn. But the real work will begin after the training, when you take what you've learned back to your own work.

For some folks, this training will be enough to get them going. For others, this may serve as an overview of what's possible and how it's done.

We're building this training on the notion that you already have some strong instincts and skills as either a photographer or audio producer. We're going to teach you some solid strategies to begin gathering either the audio or photo equivalent of what you're already gathering in your chosen field. Then we're going to give you the basic tools to learn how to edit that work effectively. In particular, we'll be focusing on what to gather and how to use it for the purpose of multimedia storytelling. You'll learn how to mix audio and photography to mix and create your own multimedia slideshows.

3) I'd like to know specifically what skills are going to be covered. Is there an itinerary for the training? I'd like to get stronger skills in both audio editing and using my camera to create videos. Is what the workshop is about?
We're going to be working with still photography and audio to create audio slideshows. Specifically, we are asking folks to choose one of two tracks during the training--either photography or audio. Those tracks are designed as "audio for photographers/writers/editors/etc." and "photography for audio producers/editors/writers/etc." And everyone will be working together on the multimedia training.

A detailed itinerary will be provided to registrants. And detailed information about gear/software/etc. should be listed here soon.

4) What software will you teach for audio, photography and multimedia?
In terms of software, we've decided to go with a new generation of faster/lighter/cost effective media packages.
Audio - Hindenburg Journalist
Photo - Adobe Lightroom
Multimedia - Soundslides

Our concept for the digital editing and composition part of the training is to get you into the work as quickly as possible--applying principles and concepts in solid but simplified digital environments. If/when you decide to move from Hindenburg to ProTools/Audition, Lightroom to Photoshop/Bridge, Soundslides to FinalCut, etc. the same principles will apply.

5) I have a compact camera, will that work? How about recorders?
We expect people to be bringing both SLR cameras and nicer compact cameras. The participants who are working with SLR cameras will be working with fixed and auto settings, so everyone will be in the same situation.

We expect a range of audio gear, as well.

We want you to learn to make do with what you have, but to understand what you would gain upgrading in the future.
Dates/Times: Training begins on Thursday afternoon, March 3 and ends midday on Sunday, March 6. A detailed schedule will be provided to registrants. But here are some of the basics.

- Gear Checkout (2pm to 3:30pm)
- Registration 3pm to 4:30pm)
- Training begins 4:30pm to 8pm (diner provided)

Friday and Saturday
- Training runs from 9am to 8pm
- Lunch is provided. Dinner is on your own.

- Training begins at 9am and ends at 1pm
- Lunch is provided after final session

Housing: CDS can help you to find affordable lodging while you're in Durham. For assistance locating housing options, send an email to: with "Show + Tell housing" in the subject line.

Gear Pre-Flight: If you’re bringing your own equipment, we will be available prior to the opening workshop to check out your gear, help you get it set up properly for the weekend, and answer any questions you might have about your gear.

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