Step Five: Editing

Common Good City Farm

The teens in the summer youth program at Common Good City Farm in Washington, DC edit their photographs and stories for Community of Gardens. Read—and watch—their story here.

Decide on the final format of the story. Here are some ideas:  

  • Transcribe the interview into a question-and-answer format (see an example here).
  • Write a narrative story, or profile, from the interview (see an example here).
  • Create a multimedia video, audio, or photo story with a written introduction (see an example here). 

Go through all of the material you collected (written and audiovisual) and make choices about what to include in your final story. Remember to save your files (both original unedited files and edited copies) to a stable back-up source such as a flash drive.

  • Images for submission should be about 200kb each.
  • If you would like to submit your full video or audio interview to be archived, please email us at communityofgardens@si.edu. We will create smaller clips to share on the Community of Gardens website and will include your full interview in our archival files.
  • If you need assistance editing or resizing your multimedia, we are more than happy to help! Email us at communityofgardens@si.edu

Remember to create a caption list that describes what each photo shows and any other relevant information. You can include this in your story. 

Example of an okay caption: Paths and arbor, Sue’s garden, Washington, D.C., 2009.

Example of a better caption: The perennial garden and path. Arbor on the side of the house is for old-fashioned roses. Sue’s garden in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, Washington, D.C., June 17, 2009.