DU LSA wishes to be heard

The photos I took for the audio slideshow were hopefully able to add a new layer to the recordings. I imagine my slideshow as a composition of two parts: 1. the introduction with some general information and 2. the conflict and important issues.  For the first part I wanted to convey the qualities that make the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) and that describe their head, Carina Garfio.  In order to accomplish this, I attended an LSA meeting to get some pictures of the club discussing and collaborating with one another. To properly explain who Carina is, I took pictures of her sorority’s flag and her work location. As a whole, I hope my images where able to develop some helpful context for the issues that were discussed later on in the slideshow.

The second half of the slideshow was trickier but still important to accomplish. In this part Carina talked about the issues Latino students face on Campus and how they could be resolved. Part of the issue was DU’s inability to be a campus that shows “inclusive excellence.” What I did for this part of the story was take pictures of the various areas that explained the diversity movement that DU is trying to take part in. This is meant to create a juxtaposition of Carina’s complaint and what DU thinks its doing. I then choose  to include the sanctuary photos to include a visual of the topic that is important to LSA.

The photos I included in this slideshow are meant to provide a better context of what Carina is saying. I chose these photos in particular because they were the best representations for the story. For example, I found the sanctuary posters to be great visual representations of this topic since they were visually appealing but powerful nonetheless. In deciding on the order of the story, I wanted to make sure viewers were left with a thoughtful note. I didn’t want to end on a light note because it would make it easy for viewers for quickly forget about the LSA and I would rather they try to think for a while afterwards about how the organization’s concerns came to be and why they matter. With this goal in mind, I had the slideshow begin on the light, feature-y details in order to introduce LSA and then explain DU’s inability to listen to their minority population about the issues they supposedly care about since they aim for inclusive excellence.

In hindsight, I wish I had stopped myself from asking so many follow up questions during the interview. What was meant to be a quick interview, ended up being 25 minutes long. This made the editing process to be unbearable. But this mistake did discipline me to really dig for the story and find the clips that provided the best opportunities for good pictures. This was my first time in a while using premiere. At first it was overwhelming, but allotting myself some time to get the hang of things and experiment was beneficial for me. By doing this, I  was able to discover how to fade in and out of my slideshow. Photography is not my strong suit so I just kept focusing on getting the most appropriate images for my piece. Perhaps in the future, once I get better at figuring out what images would be best for my articles, I can be more flexible about how I take the photo.


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