All right, its more like "one camera and a microphone" and Jeff Beck has probably never put one together, but slide shows have emerged as a simple but powerful story telling tool we've been neglecting.
That changes now.
One of the key goals of a lot of our recent innovation has been finding ways of expanding our storytelling and the range of 'voices' that appear in our paper and on our website. For me one of the most powerful ways of doing this is pairing someone's own words with compelling images - a technique pioneered here to great effect by Sheryl Nadler's people watching.
In the next few months we hope to take that approach to a new level, using video and slide shows on our web site and expanded "people watching" style profiles in print.
To do this we'll need to forge some tight partnerships between reporter and photographer. It's not too different from ways many of us are used to working, but it will take some adjustment. For reporters it means parking a piece of their ego but wWhile it reduces the role of the "writer", it takes no less reporting skills to find these stories and draw them out of people. For the photographer it means finding a series of powerful images that tell the story, not just a single great shot.
And it will take some collaboration and new skilsl to knit it all together.
Here's a couple of example of this kind of work being done at other papers, one a feature about an refugee woman who finally found herself free from the clutches of a murderous husband and the other a whimsical, single day assignment looking at grocery store shoppers in the pre-thanksgiving (USA) rush.
Jack in your headphones and take a look.
And for more examples of multi-media art, visit Joe Weiss's blog. Have a look around get some ideas and lets start getting them into the paper and on our website.