By: JIE JENNY ZOU | Published: August 28, 2012

The finale to August’s multimedia boot camp came in the form of an audio slideshow–a marriage of the audio and photo immersions.

In theory, this makes a lot of sense. In theory.

Anyhow, here’s the resulting baby.

And yeah, 2 days of shooting + 2 reporters = 1 minute video. Journalists really do have a way with math.

I’m not knocking audio slideshows. I’m a big fan of the LA Times multimedia crew, which still cranks out some great audio/photo pieces like this. And I’d be remiss not to mention NY Times’ One in 8 Million series, which literally occupied hours of my life the year it came out in 2009.

But truth be told, I’m a video kind of gal.

This particular project also proved to be especially difficult for another reason. We were required to work in pairs and at first, I was thrilled. It took a lot of the pressure off, since we only had access to equipment for two days, and I was eager to work with my peers.

But everything comes with a caveat.

I’m told I’m a bit obsessive. This is an understatement.

I’d done an audio slideshow previously as an undergrad (see here), but I had been limited in both experience and equipment. But it still worked (I think) !

As a graduate student working with another graduate student and now having learned recently how to shoot manually, I felt empowered to turn out something doubly or triply as good.

The conundrums with these kinds of shared assignments usually tend to concentrate in a few areas: editorial choices, labor division, and essentially, personality differences.

Luckily, Columbia decided to take out one of the confounding aspects by requiring each member produce their own version using identical ingredients.