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Online News Association Releases Schedule for #ONA14

Aolk0TmBIt’s official-ish. The Online News Association has posted the first iteration of the schedule for this year’s conference and awards banquet. Eeek!

The event is in the Windy City the weekend of Sept. 25-27 and promises lots of opportunities to learn about digital tools for journalists and network. Broken into four different categories, scheduled sessions tackle various tasks: Listen (core sessions), Solve (conversations), Make (workshops) and Midway (hands-on).

Now for the meat of the program. Who will be there? Vivian Schiller, Twitter’s Head of News, will lead a panel called “Tweet Storm: Making Sense of the Twitter Tempest,” Melissa Bell from Vox.com will discuss how to make a story go viral and Robert Hernandez of USC Annenberg will talk about wearables. Workshops on using Snapchat and Vine in the newsroom are sure to entertain and inform, and a thoughtful presentation on doing branded content with integrity should be animated.

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Three New Tow Center Reports Out May 30

TowCenter_Horizontal_v5_for_NewsletterIf you haven’t been following along with the Tow Center conference “Quantifying Journalism: Data, Metrics, and Computation” live-stream today (May 30), don’t worry.  You haven’t missed all the good stuff.

Over the weekend, you can back-read some of the fascinating conversations about metrics in the newsroom and sensor and data journalism on Twitter using the hashtag #towtalk.

Plus, be sure to pore over the three research reports highlighting various facets of digital journalism that Tow Fellows are releasing today:

Amateur Footage: A Global Study of User-Generated Content in TV and Online News Output“, by Claire Wardle and Sam Dubberley

Sensors and Journalism“, by Fergus Pitt

The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism“, by Alex Howard

The live blog for the conference is worth a gander, too.

2014 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to Highlight Science, Tech Writing

maybornI’m a big believer in journalism conferences. Attending one forces you to focus on your craft for a few days and is an incredible opportunity to talk to people who are smarter than you and can help you in your career (I guess that’s what they call networking, but I just hate that word).

That said, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is one of the best, in my opinion. I love technology and gadgets and doodads just as much as the next millennial, but it’s nice sometimes to forget about apps, tablets and wearables for a second and hone in on the extremely basic yet oh-so-difficult craft of writing. Not to mention, it’s much less stressful than SXSW, which will matter to you if you’re not a crowds person.

Anyway, the Mayborn, sponsored by the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The conference’s theme this year is “Narratives on the cutting edge:  writing about science, technology, medicine and innovation,” and the program boasts an impressive list of accomplished writers.

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Save the Date: Social Media Summit in London

socialmediasummitNext Friday, BBC Academy’s College of Journalism, the New York Times, and the Knight Foundation are holding the Social Media Summit 2014 in London. If you are already across the pond or just loaded enough to jet set, it’s possible that you’re still out of luck. Tickets were going quickly.

But you can still follow along using, of course, social media. I’d tune into Twitter around 2pm (UK time) to follow Vivian Schiller’s keynote speech. Earlier in the day, Andy Carvin of First Look Media joins a panel of international journalists to talk about covering world news and using social media to do it better. You can see a full list of speakers and the agenda here. Set the reminders. Next Friday. May 16. #SMSLDN. See you there.

Under the Umbrian Sun: How To Enjoy the International Journalism Fest From Afar

ijf14If you aren’t a little jealous of everyone in Perugia at the International Journalism Festival, you must be somewhere really nice. What’s better than an international program of speakers, talking about actually practicing journalism, in Umbria? If you’re there, just try not to brag.

Time to mute all the #ijf14 tweets before I am sick with envy

— Jacob Harris (@harrisj) April 30, 2014

But actually, please, do tweet. Though I’ve ranted about following Twitter chats, I have no qualms about hashtags. The festival is happening in Italy, so if you’re on the east coast, perusing #ijf14 tweets is a perfect way to spend your commute and be inspired. If you’re on the west coast, or anywhere in between, I’m sorry to say you’ll have to adjust for the time difference yourself. The festival organizers have also compiled a Twitter list of all the speakers, so waste some time seeing who you’re missing out on and follow them.

I spent a lot of time in Italy, so I’m well prepared to read things in Italian and appreciate how Italian journalists operate. It’s almost a political, or at least activist, act. Which is why I’m surprised that they’re letting TIM, the Italian Comcast, handle the livestream. Chissa perche (insert handgesture here). With time differences and poor prompts, it’s confusing and difficult to find a schedule. You can give it a go here. Or just head to the festival’s homepage by late afternoon each day to watch the panels. It’s much more efficient, in my humble, cable-company-hating opinion.

Any panel you’re looking forward to hearing? Want to buy me a ticket for next year? Let me know in the comments or @10,000Words.

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