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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.

Watch the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism Live

2014isojdateThere are few occasions when the world’s greatest minds in journalism gather to discuss, brainstorm and learn with and from each other, and the annual International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) is certainly one of those occasions.

The 15th iteration of the meeting is this upcoming weekend, April 4-5 at the University of Texas-Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art, and the ISOJ schedule promises some great information and top speakers from all over the world including media execs, writers and academics.

But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Lone Star State for ISOJ (some of you just returned from SXSW 2014, right?). You can tune in to the event’s livestream here on Friday and Saturday, where the ISOJ will be broadcast in English and Spanish. Read more

SXSWi Day 3: Journalism Can Make For Great Business, Says The Atlantic‘s Scott Havens

IAP22928The “future of journalism” topic has almost become trite in journalism circles, but for The Atlantic‘s President M. Scott Havens, thoughtful discussions and observations on the media landscape, both present and future, make the difference between being in the red and black.

At his SXSW talk, “Can Great Journalism Make for Great Business?” Havens, who will begin his post as Senior Vice President, Digital at Time Inc. March 31, explained how he helped propel a struggling then-Atlantic Monthly back to relevancy and progressiveness in the biz. A few of his “core beliefs” on producing and financially sustaining digital journalism are:

Magazines are here to stay

Sure, the definition of magazines is increasingly open for interpretation, but Havens says they’re not going anywhere. Readers are seeking stories with depth, analysis and craft, unlike so much of the content that permeates the web. “There’s something special about a well-researched magazine article,” he said. It’s fair to assume that print magazines won’t last (other than giants like TIME, Harper’s, The New Yorker, etc.) unless publishers can keep making profits from them. In The Atlantic’s experience, “Print advertising is actually sorta stable,” he said.

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Internet Week New York Headliners Announced

internetweekFair enough — all of our minds are still on SXSW. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark your calendars for Internet Week, taking over New York City from May 19-25th. Organizers announced the first headlining speakers Wednesday and Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Netflix’s Neil Hunt, and Omar Epps are on the bill.

This year, there will be over 250 events — ranging from the Webby Awards to workshops on Google Analytics — throughout the city. If you want to cover it, you can sign up for press credentials here. If you aren’t technically press, you can get early bird VIP passes here starting at $325. Just don’t tell the guys in accounting.

Have you gone to Internet Week in the past? Would your far-away newsroom foot the bill for a spring retreat in the Big Apple? Tell us in the comments or @10,000Words.

Watch Industry Pros Discuss the Future of Digital Longform Friday

logoComing up Friday, Dec. 6, several heavy hitters in the world of longform digital publishing will make appearances at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to discuss the future of longer narratives online. Interested journalists can also watch a livestream of the event.

David Remnick of The New Yorker is on the bill at Friday’s one-day conference “The Future of Digital Longform” in Manhattan, as well as professionals from nonprofit investigative journalism effort ProPublica, science journalism venture Matter, the crowdfunded Narratively, Longform and The Atavist.

The event was planned for a couple reasons: 1) We’re smack dab in the middle of a really interesting movement in digital storytelling. Some call it a renaissance, even, and it’s clear that a new phenomenon has surfaced; as the Tow Center notes, narratives are being weaved together through multimedia, moving comics and powerful data instead of being one-dimensional. And, 2) Tow Center fellow Anna Hiatt, also of The Big Roundtable, which I’ve written about for the blog), is finished with her research about digital longform journalism, which is part of an ongoing look at the definitions and challenges of longer online news.

Over the course of the day, several important questions like “Just because we can design another “Snow Fall,” should we?” and, considering the fairly recent influx of startups for digital storytelling, the toughest question — “How do we pay writers?” — will be posed and pondered.

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