Colin Mulvany has a great post (and nice examples) on his blog highlighting the benefits of [using your archive pictures for slideshows](http://masteringmultimedia.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/your-photo-archives-can-make-great-multimedia-content/). It came off the back of a comment commending the Spokane Review for a piece looking back at [40 years of snow](http://www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/video/archive.asp?postID=337#comments).

Colin points out how easy these things are and how popular they can become. And he’s so right.

It’s one of the first things I tell editors when we are looking at multimedia. You have loads of archive. Stuff that no-one else has and it’s easy to get online.

There are two key things to note with archive slideshows

  • **They don’t need to be flash or soundlsides.
    **The Spokane Review use Final cut pro and deliver in flash video. You could just as easily use Windows movie maker or Imovie. The content is still a slideshow.
  • **They don’t need narration
    **But text and music is a good idea. This is especially important if you use a video delivery as you don’t get the non-linear navigation you do with soundslides.

If you are looking for a first stage of training then what about this:

  • Check your diary and see what anniversaries are coming up
  • Go through the archive
  • If you are on a PC fire up Windows movie maker or imovie on a mac
  • Create a slideshow of your best images.
  • Link it to a follow up in the paper

As a follow up try another story but record an audio interview with someone associated with the story. It may even be the reporter, photographer or editor at the time.