Project Wordsworth -
Project Wordsworth is a collective of 17 Columbia Journalism School graduate students who are running an experiment and you are already a part of it. Each of us has written a good story that transports you somewhere else, somewhere you’ve never been. That’s worth something. But how much? You decide. Your input will teach us something new about journalismâs future. All proceeds go to the authors.
LJ Digital: This project created by the Columbia School of Journalism is unique to the journalism world. These graduate students are asking you to decide how much their stories are worth. Check the site out and let them know what you think their words are worth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
Pulitzer Center grantee Sarah Neville:
The Financial Times’ Austerity 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.
News Organizations Turning News Stories Into ebooks -
“We think [ebooks] are ideally suited to the rhythms of a newspaper, where we are writing the first draft of history every day,” Vince Bzdek, deputy national political editor and lead for ebooks at The Washington Post, said in an email. “Ebooks are like the second draft, so [it] feels like a natural fit for us.”
Stop by on Thursday to learn about what it is like to be a foreign correspondent!
The Atlantic launches a new ebook division; will sell e-singles and curated collections -
The Atlantic is launching an ebooks division that will publish e-singles and curated collections of content from the magazine’s archives. The first e-single is only available through Amazon’s Kindle Singles store for now, though it will soon be available at other retailers.
Newport Film Festival features Out of Print -
LJ Digital: Have you been keeping up with the Newport Film Festival? Well, whether you have or haven’t been, Out of Print is a flick that may interest the publishing world.
Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, and readers are all in flux, booksellers are closing, students are confronting new challenges, and librarians and teachers are seeking new roles. Most Americans read “short-form” text all day long, yet one out of five no longer reads even a single book, in any format, in an entire year. Listen to testimonials from authors, entrepreneurs, and educators alike highlighting how this revolution is changing every aspect of the printed word - and how it’s changing us.
LJ Digital: Come join the School of Humanities of UC Irvine in the newest installment in their Author Series. They have the great pleasure and honor of hearing Barry Siegel speak about his latest book, Manifest Injustice. Not only is this fine writer a former Pulitzer Prize winner but he is also the literary journalism department head. Please don’t miss the opportunity to hear a great writer and reporter explain his methods of the craft. Should be an informative and helpful event to any aspiring journalist.
Longreads: Celebrating Four Years of Longreads -
Longreads just celebrated its fourth birthday, and it’s been a thrill to watch this community grow since we introduced this service and Twitter hashtag in 2009. Thank you to everyone who participates, whether it’s as a reader, a publisher, a writer—or all three. And thanks to the …
Thanks to all the Anteaters out there who voted to keep UC Irvine’s newspaper, The New University, alive! Measure U passed with flying colors. Much more reporting to come!
LJ Digital: News Twitters get hacked left and right. Is this the problem with reporting breaking news online? Twitter should probably try to fix this.
Was 2012 the “year of the e-single?”