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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.

Knight Center Announces Free Online Investigative Journalism Class

knight invest. journo post picIf you’ve ever wanted to learn the nuts and bolts of investigative reporting, here’s your chance, courtesy of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

A five-week, massive open online course (MOOC) on “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age,” will begin on May 12 and end on June 14, 2014. Read more

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.

Join Us Tomorrow for Our First ‘Career Lunch’ Google+ Hangout!

mediabistro career lunchWe’re excited to announce Mediabistro is launching a new Google+ Hangout series tomorrow called Career Lunch to help our ever-growing community stay ahead of the job curve. We’ll be talking to a wide variety of media pros, all of whom are from our talented pool of MediabistroEDU instructors. Our first Career Lunch will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.

Join our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Maurice Cherry, creative principal at 3eighteen media, a design and consulting firm.

We’ll find out how you can leverage web design along with social media and digital strategies in order to catapult your career to the next level.

Join the conversation with your questions and comments on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ with the hashtag #mbhangouts.

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