“A Surgeon In Somalia” Audio Slideshow Critique

The audio slideshow I decided to critique for JRN 340 is A Surgeon in Somalia  and it is about just that, a surgeon fighting for healthcare facilities in underprivileged areas. Dr. Omar Saleh is a surgeon that travels to locations without healthcare and helps to create sterile areas where people can come and have procedures done safely.

The slideshow has a definite beginning, middle and end as Dr. Omar Saleh narrates first, the history of the lack of health care in areas such as Somalia and what services he offers to those residing there. He concludes with personal stories of his best and worst experiences and leaves you with a message of motivation and appreciation of what we have here in America.

There is good pacing and transitions in the slideshow but I thought that there may have been too much time spent on certain photos that did not have a large impact. Also, I was a little disappointed in the first photo because it should draw the listener into the story but in this case it was not related directly to the story. The final photo was good for the conclusion though because of its reference to the youths that are affected by the lack of healthcare.

The problem with the captions is that there are none. I wish the creator would have taken the time to right captions and also give more information on who was in the photos. The only people referenced on the whole page were Dr. Saleh, the photographer and the producer. The audio did match up well with the photos though and as we discussed in class, the relationship between audio and visuals is very important.

There are a lot of things I would have done differently for this audio slideshow. First, there was not enough natural sound; there was only one clip of natural sound at the very beginning. Second, there should have been a title slide and I think captions were necessary for some of the photos. Overall, it is an inspirational program within the World Health Organization but I think the slideshow could use some more work.


The Life of a Working Student

The story behind this interview was supposed to represent students that go to school full-time but are also responsible for their own bills. I think the struggles of students like this go unnoticed sometimes and many people don’t realize how stressful it can be.