Free online course, Audio Photo Slideshow Storytelling, to start Feb. 10

A free 5-week online course in audio photo slideshow storytelling that teaches participants how to make a slideshow, which is two skills in one: create an audio slideshow, and tell a story using visual narrative techniques.

This course is offered by MulinBlog Online J-School, an initiative by this blog to offer free web-based training in digital production. For more information about this J-School and how to enroll in a course, check out the About page and the How to Enroll page.

It’s now easy and popular to create an audio slideshow, but it takes training and expertise to create a good audio slideshow story. To best leverage the narrative power of audio slideshows, one needs both production and journalistic skills:

  • production skills: how to use audio recording devices; how to use a camera; how to use audio editing program; how to use slideshow authoring program
  • journalistic skills: how to find a story that engages audience; what questions to ask and how to ask questions; what photos to take and how to frame photos; how to arrange and edit photos in the slideshow

This audio slideshow course will start on Feb. 10 and run for five weeks. If you cannot view the embedded syllabus below, click here to download it in a Word document.

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[br] Sample student work: This course was first offered in summer 2013 and here is a sample slideshow produced by Samuel Okocha, a course participant from Nigeria.

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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