October 25th, 2013
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"The growth of the Internet will slow drastically [as it] becomes apparent [that] most people have nothing to say to each other. … By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s…. Ten years from now the phrase information economy will sound silly."

-Paul Krugman, 1998 (via New York Review of Books). Read more on the past, present and future of the Internet.

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October 25th, 2013
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atavist:

Friday, August 14, 2009

5:38 p.m.

Day 1

wired announces the disappearance of one Evan Ratliff, with a $5,000 bounty on his head.

During the month-long manhunt for our CEO, thousands of people combed through dozens of clues to try to find Evan’s location. During his journey, Evan recorded video diaries and collected ephemera that no one has seen. Until now

Using the Creatavist tool, Evan reimagines life on the lam, and for the first time is able to share some of the digital scraps he collected along the way.

See Evan’s story here: http://atav.st/1choVYP

And build your own with Creatavist: http://creatavist.com

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October 25th, 2013
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millionsmillions:

What’s better than being a writer? A writer who gets paid. Manjula Martin and Jane Friedman have launched the new digital magazine Scratch, which gives writers information on how to advocate for their work. The preview issue is free and contains essays on what freelancers can learn from street vendors, Cord Jefferson on outgrowing his materialism, and an interview with Jonathan Franzen. You can subscribe here.

millionsmillions:

What’s better than being a writer? A writer who gets paid. Manjula Martin and Jane Friedman have launched the new digital magazine Scratch, which gives writers information on how to advocate for their work. The preview issue is free and contains essays on what freelancers can learn from street vendors, Cord Jefferson on outgrowing his materialism, and an interview with Jonathan Franzen. You can subscribe here.

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October 25th, 2013
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June 3rd, 2013
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LJ Digital: The Codex Funeral by David Christopher Lane explores the death of the book. Is it really fully dead yet or will it take some more time? Do our minds need the accelerated pace of grabbing information? Is distraction okay? How have iPads, Kindles, Nooks, etc. shaped the way we absorb information? Is it better? Find all this out and more through Lane’s video and article now!

These questions are what this blog revolve around. Are ereaders in fact the correct next step? Can we have both? Which do you prefer and why?

May 28th, 2013
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May 28th, 2013
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The Word Count: Call for EDITORIAL TEAM MEMBERS

The office of the Campus Writing Coordinator at UC-Irvine is pleased to announce plans to create a new online publication for student writing and is currently accepting applications for volunteers to join the editorial board. The new publication, tentatively called The Word Count, will be student-centered, containing undergraduate student writing that has been selected and edited by an editorial board made up of undergraduate student peers. This publication will showcase exemplary writing produced across the curriculum in writing courses at UC-Irvine.  As such we hope the publication will encourage students to see writing courses as an opportunity to produce writing that engages a wider academic and potentially public audience. Internship credit can be arranged through the Department of English.

To apply to be a part of this exciting editorial team, contact Professor Jonathan Alexander atjfalexan@uci.edu.  Include a resume and writing sample with your email, stating your interest in joining the team and what specific skills and interests you could bring to the project.  We will collect applications through September 1, 2013.

LJ Digital: This sounds like an excellent opportunity for all you UCI writers out there! What a great way to be a part of the the UCI writing community as they take to the Internet. Don’t hesitate to apply before the deadline. It’ll be a solid internship to add to your résumé and course credit is always a plus! Good luck!

May 18th, 2013
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May 17th, 2013
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Students, Professors: We Want Your Best #College #Longreads

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Throughout May and June, a new generation of reporters, writers, editors, and essayists make their way out of school and into the professional world. They come bearing clips, work samples produced for class or during an internship. Hundreds of media outlets at colleges and universities across the country publish student work, and an equal number of professors, instructors, and advisors help students report, write, and edit their best journalism. We’d like to encourage those writers to produce more and better work, and introduce these new voices to a wider audience of readers—and maybe even future employers and mentors.

To help in this effort, we’ve teamed up with Aileen Gallagher, assistant professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, to help search for and share outstanding student work.

Students, writers, publishers, professors: We need your help to find and share the best work of the past year.

If you’ve read (or written) something this school year, just tag it #college #longreads on Twitter or Tumblr, or email it to aileen@longreads.com.

Student publications are the easiest and best place to find college #longreads, like Mary Kenney’s account of an Indian sex worker, published earlier this year by Indiana University’s INSIDE magazine. Or Project Wordsworth, the outstanding new pay-what-you-want experiment from Michael Shapiro and students at Columbia University.

Sometimes a piece that a student writes for class, such as the one Syracuse University grad student Danielle Preiss wrote about high suicide rates among Bhutanese refugees, lands in a professional outlet. And of course, we’ll also tout good work produced by students as part of a fellowship or internship, like Columbia undergrad Jack Dickey’s investigation for Deadspin about Manti Te’o.

The only rules for #college #longreads are: Stories should be over 1,500 words and written by a student enrolled in a college or university at the time of publication.

Share stories worth reading by tagging them #college #longreads.

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Know of a writer or publication we should keep an eye on? Tell us about it in the comments below.

LJ Digital: Calling all literary journalism students! Check out this spectacular opportunity to submit your stories to Longreads.com! If you are unfamiliar with Longreads, it is a website that aggregates literary journalism pieces and is constantly posting new stories for you to read. There is NO deadline to submit and this opportunity is designed for students in our program so hop to it. Polish those stories up, get a few more pairs of eyes to read them, and SUBMIT! 

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May 11th, 2013
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Old-fashioned and New Journalism

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Pulitzer Center grantee Sarah Neville:

The Financial TimesAusterity Audit has proved a vehicle for some of the most innovative digital journalism the paper has ever done.

But the genesis of the idea was a piece of old-fashioned shoe leather reporting.

In November 2011, in order to write a piece about changes to welfare benefits for the long-term sick, I had visited Barnsley, in the former industrial heartland of the north of England, where large numbers were affected by the imminent shake up.

In passing, a number of people mentioned to me, in interviews, their concerns about the likely impact on local businesses and shops of a wider raft of welfare reforms which, from April this year, would reduce the scope of benefit entitlements and also the value of benefits.

It struck me that if we could find a way of calculating exactly how much money was being taken out of local economies – and the hit to spending power – we would have a truly original take on the austerity story and one which would have a particular appeal for theFT’s business readership.

… continue reading here.

May 11th, 2013
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“Journalists are getting big stories wrong, over and over again.” - Scott Pelley

LJ Digital: “Journalism is the antidote to gossip.” -Scott Pelley 
This is an interesting video. I appreciate this speech because it touches on the dangers of needing to get a story in first. Mistakes are bound to happen and do happen all too often. The transition of journalism on the Internet should make journalists more careful and not careless. Watch the 4-minute speech now! 

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May 6th, 2013
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May 1st, 2013
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