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Longform Journalism is Alive and Well, Say Co-Founders of Byliner, Atavist

Over the weekend, I found myself at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. It was my first trip to the gathering, even as a native north Texan, but I must say it was an extremely valuable and exciting place for any nonfiction storyteller to be. Speakers and authors came from all over — The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Outside magazine and more, offering nuggets of wisdom that you just can’t get working in a newsroom.

One talk, in particular–“Rejoice! There is a place for long-form journalism online–and it pays”–proved especially interesting, and I thought it’d be fun to share some takeaways with an audience that couldn’t be at the Mayborn.

The session was led by Byliner co-founder and editor-in-chief Mark Bryant and Evan Ratliff, co-founder of the Atavist, and it included esteemed writers Susan Orlean and David Dobbs.

Here were the resounding choruses of the conference discussion:

Ignore what you’ve heard: “longform journalism” as we know it isn’t going away.

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New Mediabistro Online Conference: Copy Editing 101

All the copy editing skills you need rolled into one incredible online learning event. Join us for our 4-week Copy Editing 101 online conference and event starting March 6, 2013. We’ll show you how to launch a career as a copy editor.

Each week, watch and interact with our keynote speakers through live webcasts. Group discussion, peer interaction, and homework assignments will give you the confidence to take on copy editing as a career and land work. Speakers include Jack Murnighan (content director for Babble) and Constance Hale (author, Vex, Hex, Smash, and Smooch). Early registration rates are available now, so sign up soon.

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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How Can Gaming Platforms Be Used For Participatory News? Conference Will Explore Possibilities

TechRaking, the conference series dedicated to “collaboration among journalists, innovators and community members at the intersection of journalism and technology” is back for round two, this time focusing on gaming platforms as a way of engaging participatory news gathering.

You may remember when we covered the first TechRaking conference at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View back in April. That conference focused on investigate reporting, bringing together technologists and muckrakers. The second installment, to be held in September just before the start of the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, will focus on social gaming’s role in public information.

And the conference itself will be gamified, too. Participants will be divided into teams and develop pitches for game ideas that connect palyers in “radically new ways.” The winning team will receive incubation money to jump-start its idea with the Center for Investigative Reporting, a sponsor of the conference.

The event will be held at IGN headquarters; registration is limited.

Online Journalism Awards Entry Deadline A Week Away

It’s that time of year again! Seven days remain to enter for the Online News Association’s 2012 OJAs, the “premiere awards” for online journalism. The deadline for entry is June 21.

This year, there are changes to the awards categories, expectations, partnerships and metrics in order to keep up with a rapidly-changing industry. Via ONA:

“Since its inception in 2000, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair. “Over that time, we’ve witnessed incredible innovation in the tools and techniques journalists have used to tell their stories. Not only are journalists publishing content on the web, but they’re making interactive applications, mobile apps, tools and more. We need to make sure the awards reflect that innovation.”

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