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3 Ways of Remembering Nelson Mandela Around the Web

Nelson-MandelaWhen a man as inspiring and good as Nelson Mandela passes, it’s hard to do him justice in memorial. Some have tried – with timelines, photo galleries, and interactive spaces where readers can share their memories of him. Here are a few ways the news world is remembering Mandela:

1) The New York Times has a timeline and a photogallery, but my favorite part is the collection of his speeches, arranged by category.

2) The Washington Post and The Guardian, among other papers, opted for a timeline with photos, maps, and depscriptions of life events.

3) The ever visual La Repubblica went with a sleek, easy to navigate photogallery, and, knowing it wouldn’t be enough, added links to other galleries around the web.

Have you seen other tributes you like around the web? Share them in the comments or tweet us with them.

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Discover Is Looking For Multimedia Pitches

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Discover magazine is on the hunt for freelancers. The monthly has recently undergone some transformations (relocating their headquarters, changing up their editorial staff) and are looking for pitches on technology, physics, chemistry and other sciences.

With 95 percent of the pub’s content generated by freelancers, editor-in-chief Stephen C. George says that he needs writers for several media platforms:

Discover seeks pitches for its website, especially for “The Crux” and “Visual Science” (stories on images and video). Editors are also looking for “great multimedia content that we can put online or in digital editions,” said George.

Furthermore, Discover recently made a foray into long-form, digital eBook singles. The series is called In Depth and stories are available as Kindle Singles. The editorial team had a goal of two long-form digitals for 2013 and “mission accomplished,” said George. As a result, “we are actively looking for longer-form stories,” he said. A bonus is that Discover shares a percentage of the sales of its Kindle Singles with its writers.

For editors’ contact info and more details on how to get published, read: How To Pitch: Discover.

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Snowed In? Read, Watch NYT‘s Avalanche Multimedia Package

On this holiday week, I’m out of town but still couldn’t escape the blizzard conditions blanketing the Midwest and much of the rest of the country. So I’m settling in with a story and amazing piece of multimedia from the New York Times that I bookmarked last week. It’s an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking tale of an avalanche in Washington state, both the events leading up to and the people involved in the event in the moments before, during and following the event. The reporting, the writing, the photography, the videography, the audio, the use of animations and maps, and the overall story design… everything comes together into one of the single best pieces of multimedia content I’ve ever seen. This story is what multimedia packages ought to aspire to be.

NYT Snow Fall intro

So if you’re like me, home from the office and snowed in for the day, take a half hour (or more) to browse through the beautiful and thrilling story, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” It’s a great read and a great example of how old-school reporting and storytelling play perfectly with new media tools to take a story from good to great and tell it in a way online the Internet could allow.

Students Can Win $5K and Publication With Multimedia Story

Students of the journalism craft have a chance to show off their multimedia skills with The Digital Storymakers Award. Not only do entrants get the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 and publication, but all participants get to use the Atavist’s spiffy software to craft their stories. Here’s how it works: Read more

Freelancers With Multimedia Skills Wanted

“I come from a print background, and I think we have an advantage on the Web,” says Loop21′s newest EIC.

Instead of decrying the decline of print, Lisa Armstrong is embracing it, and making the site truly reflects the ethos of the Internet. “Rather than just presenting information to our audience, we want people to respond. So, whether it’s through some form of social media or on the website, we wanted it to be like we’re having a dialogue about issues that are important,” she said.

Armstrong is actively seeking new writers, and those who are new to the journalism game are just as welcome as seasoned pros. “It’s less about how many years you’ve been in the industry and more about what skills you bring to the table,” she said. And multimedia skills are in high demand. So if you can show off strong writing, reporting and multimedia chops, you might start landing regular assignments.

For more info, read How To Pitch: Loop21. [subscription required]

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