The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Chilling package of audio slideshows paints a grim commentary, in images and numbers, of poverty and inequity in Texas.

Texas is home to the most Fortune 500 companies and has the second largest economy in the nation. But it also boasts the highest number of people without medical insurance, executes more people than any other state, is the biggest polluter of cancerous emissions and is home to the three poorest counties in the country. The list of bottom rankings goes on and on.

This ambitious collection of audio slideshows by the Dallas Morning News ( humanizes these bleak statistics. It won an Award of Excellence for Best Multimedia Project in the Pictures of the Year International contest.

In addition to an overview slideshow, the project is divided into seven self-contained segments: Juvenile Justice, Pollution/Health Care, Teen Pregnancy, The Working Poor, Capital Punishment, Medical Insurance and South Texas Poverty. Each section contains a short narrated story that puts a human face on the issue at hand. Stark black-and-white photographs combined with audio interviews provide chilling portraits into the lives of these Texas residents.

Photos and Audio: Mona Reeder
Video Editing: Ahna Hubnik
Multimedia: David Guzman
Editing: Brad Loper/Chris Wilkins