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Learn How to Be a Multimedia Journalist with a Pro

Good storytellers are hard to find, but good storytellers with multimedia skills are golden. Learn how to translate news stories into fascinating multimedia packages. We’ll take a look at the best multimedia news stories on the Web and get a feel for how photos, audio and video can enhance the written word.

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Early Bird Rates for Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp End Tomorrow

On October 18, Mediabistro brings you Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, an interactive online event and workshop. The event includes keynote speakers, practical how-to sessions, and strategic assignments to provide a dynamic training on social media. By the end of eight weeks, you will create an integrated strategic plan using various social media platforms to build an engaged audience and convert traffic into sales.

Early bird rates are available today. Save $100 when you sign up before they end tomorrow, September 20.

Our speakers include:

Michael Bepko, Global Online Community Manager, Whole Foods Brian Carter, Author, LinkedIn For Business
Keidra Chaney, Digital Content Strategist, The Web Farm Lauren Cucinotta, Branding + Editorial Manager, TEDx
Jennifer Dubrow, Global Social Business Transformation Leader, Inside Sales, IBM Frank Eliason, Senior Vice President of Social Media, Citibank

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Celebuzz EIC Dylan Howard: Reporting is More Than Just Getting the Scoop

To succeed in journalism, it is important to not only find your story, but to tell it in a way that’s different from the competition. (And let’s be honest, there is a lot of competition nowadays.) So, to take on that 800-lb gorilla of celebrity news, TMZ, Celebuzz editor-in-chief Dylan Howard says his team works overtime to give readers the most in-depth coverage possible.

“We must provide the most comprehensive coverage of the top 40-plus stories each day that are being aggregated by our rivals. I want our stories to go beyond the headline. That sounds jingoistic, but there’s method behind it,” he said in his Mediabistro So What Do You Do? interview. “When you look around the Web, the top showbiz stories are all covered the same way, packaged like Associated Press copy.”

And how does Celebuzz distinguish itself from the rest? “Putting these stories into context, often through the use of expert analysis,” Howard said.

Read more in So What Do You Do? Dylan Howard, Editor-in-Chief of Celebuzz.

Andrea Hackett

Show Off Your Brain Power at Pacific Standard

As a glossy dedicated to “academia, research and primary source investigation,” Pacific Standard wants fresh FOB stories that will make its readers think outside the box.

“We’d love to look at the work coming from the most innovative thinkers, those doing on-the-ground research, and how their findings will turn conventional wisdom on its head,” said editor Maria Streshinsky. Stories should be well-researched yet concise, as most freelance articles average around 1,200 words.

For more insight from the editors, read How to Pitch: Pacific Standard. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor

For writers looking to shift their careers, an editing position often seems like the next logical step. But, before you start eyeing that spot on the masthead, make sure you have these key magazine and newspaper editor skill sets.

No. 5: A gift for finding the “so what?” in a story

It’s great that you can spot comma splices and sentence fragments, but great editors can also pull out the important elements of a story so readers don’t end up feeling like they just squandered their last five or so minutes.

“One of the things I can do really well is I can see a story in my mind before it’s written. When you’re writing, it’s all about getting the ideas out. It’s more emotional,” said Kweli WrightJuicy contributing editor. ”When you’re editing, you have to think like a writer but also think like a reader and make sure that the beginning, middle, conclusion and quotes make sense to make the story come alive.”

Read more in 5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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