“A boy’s struggles”: A well-made audio slideshow from LA Times

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The pictures above are from an audio slideshow by the Los Angeles Times multimedia journalist Liz O’ Baylen called “A Boy’s Struggles.” The piece is about a young boy who revealed to his mother that he was molested by a school aide at the age of 6.

The single most impressive thing I found about “A Boy’s Struggle” is how the photographer, Liz O’ Baylen, hid the boy’s identity in very creative ways. The most interesting way O’ Baylen hides the kid’s face is through shadows. In other shots, the photographer shoots him from behind, or just his mouth. We see the boy a lot, but we never see his full face. We get to learn about his story, but he remains anonymous. He gets to share his very personal story, but it remains a secret to his classmates and neighbors.

It is evident that the photojournalist became very well-acquainted with the mother and boy before interviewing them. The mother and boy are telling a very poignant and private story, but they sound very comfortable talking about it.

The first 1:00 of the piece is inter-titles that explain the context to the story. While one minute is ordinarily an excessive amount of time for inter-titles in an online news video, it is necessary for this example. The information in the text effectively got my attention.

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