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10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read

10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

These funny, crass, and addictive sites are must-reads for any 20-something who cares about books.


The new literary generation is here, and it's bored — bored with the New Yorker, bored with the New York Times, bored with the New York Review of Books.We need new literary sustenance. We want writing by people who understand the tremendous attentional effort it requires to read more than three sentences of anything. We want a literary La La Land that gives us gifs and James Joyce in the same breath. Screw it — we want gifs of James Joyce.


While I look for those, take a look at these: The best — funniest, crassest, headiest, least boring, most addictive — literary blogs for 20-something readers and writers....

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Forget the self-absorbed, 20-something crap. These literary mags are for anyone with a pulse and the ability to still remember what it was like to be 20 years old.

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Insta*Grads's curator insight, January 7, 2014 4:57 AM

A reading list for Millennials after graduation.

Christina Campo's curator insight, January 7, 2014 5:01 AM

For the literary...

Paulo Abilio Varella Lisboa's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:14 AM

Boa indicação de blogs de literatura que vale a pena conferir!

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How To Self-Publish a Book With WordPress

How To Self-Publish a Book With WordPress | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Whether you’re circulating a periodic publication or writing a book, WordPress provides an easy way to organize and structure your content while it’s in process. Posts can be kept private while you’re working on finishing the book. Alternatively, you can release installments of your work to the public by publishing them on your WordPress site. This option gives you the benefit of community feedback during the process of writing your book.


Whatever process you choose to enhance your workflow is up to you. WordPress offers the flexibility and tools for any approach and provides several advantages over traditional publishing houses

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Sarah Gooding shares four WordPress tools and plugins to help you self-publish from your WordPress site or blog. A must-read if you're planning to publish in 2014. 9/10

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:31 AM

Wordpress seems to be an ideal tool for self-publishing. Read more to find out the impressive details.

Samantha Mackay's curator insight, January 5, 2014 2:41 PM

Useful. There are so many different ways to write a book.

Dian Fadhilawati's curator insight, January 6, 2014 9:37 PM

Publishing your book with  WordPress

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The Millions : How Many Novelists are at Work in America?

The Millions : How Many Novelists are at Work in America? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A Breadcrumb Trail of Recent US Writing and Publishing Stats:

  • 2012 fiction books published with an ISBN: adult fiction 67,254; YA and juvenile fiction 20,339
  • 2012 Net book sales: $27.1 billion
  • 2011 books published: traditionally published 347,178; self-published 235,000
  • 76 percent of all books released in 2008 were self-published
  • Roughly 50 percent of all fiction published (traditional or self-published) is a romance, mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy story
  • 1900 independent bookstore locations in 2012
  • 1 percent chance across all genres of a published book being stocked in a brick-and-mortar store20 percent of all books sold in 2012 were e-books..
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7 Major Brands That Win Hearts and Customers with Clever Web Copywriting

7 Major Brands That Win Hearts and Customers with Clever Web Copywriting | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Few things will cause consumers to click the back button on a website faster than bad copywriting. Long-winded history and purpose statements, bland paragraphs on product description, and boring lists of statistics are just some of the culprits that fail to inspire interest in potential customers and clients.


The good news is that there is a slew of sites out there that know exactly how to draw attention from the customer’s first glimpse of their home page. They know that people who visit their sites want to see engaging, creative language. They know that customers want to see their comments and suggestions taken to heart in a personable way. Companies who struggle with web copy can learn a lot from these geniuses of copywriting. Here are seven companies who win customers’ hearts and business through clever web copy....

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Great writing and marketing inspiration from seven brands that do it well.

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Against 'Long-Form Journalism'

Against 'Long-Form Journalism' | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When it comes to great magazine writing, what’s in a name?


I have had it with long-form journalism. By which I mean—don’t get me wrong—I’m fed up with the term long-form itself, a label that the people who create and sell magazines now invariably, and rather solemnly, apply to their most ambitious work. Reader, do you feel enticed to plunge into a story by the distinction that it is long? Or does your heart sink just a little? Would you feel drawn to a movie or a book simply because it is long? (“Oooh—you should really read Moby-Dick—it’s super long.”) Journalists presumably care about words as much as anyone, so it is mysterious that they would choose to promote their stories by ballyhooing one of their less inherently appealing attributes. Do we call certain desserts “solid-fat-form food” or do we call them cakes and pies? Is baseball a long-form sport? Okay, sure—but would Major League Baseball ever promote it as that? So why make a ripping yarn or an eye-popping profile sound like something you have to file to the IRS?.

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James Bennet wrestles with the term long -form  to come up with a better description.

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Three Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leak Online

Three Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leak Online | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Three unpublished stories by the famously reclusive American writer, J.D. Salinger, have leaked online after appearing on an eBay auction.The auction, which ended Sep. 23, 2013, advertised a book containing three stories, titled "Untitled or Paula," "Birthday Boy," and "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls". The first two stories are dated 1941 and 1946, respectively, while the third one doesn't have a date....

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish and JD Salinger fans.

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BUNKER48 Blog – Content Marketing for SMEs p. 1: Write Copy That Sells

BUNKER48 Blog – Content Marketing for SMEs p. 1: Write Copy That Sells | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If you work in an SME you are always looking for new ways to increase your sales and grow your business. Gone are the days of cold calling – now small businesses can unashamedly take advantage of digital marketing and the newest kid on the block: content marketing.One of the great ways to attract new prospects and solidify your brand is to communicate your offer effectively and reach out to communities that might be interested in your services. But how do you make sure the content you create meets the standards of the industry and beyond?...

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Zaneta Stepien reminds us what makes content effective. Recommended reading to get you inspired.

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Why is the future of Content Marketing in 2014 so damn boring? - idio

Why is the future of Content Marketing in 2014 so damn boring? - idio | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Across the twenty or thirty I’ve scoured in the past day or so, the usual suspects appear. In 2014, we are going to see brands “do more native ads”, “Editorial homepages” and curiously uninformative infographics.


To be blunt: the future of content marketing in 2014 looks exactly like content marketing did in 2013. And 2012. And 2011.


Boring. Bloated. Samey. Uninspiring. Lumpen....

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Time to change the content marketing paradigm

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One Year Later, Medium Is Changing the Way Its Writers Write and Its Readers Read | Mediashift | PBS

One Year Later, Medium Is Changing the Way Its Writers Write and Its Readers Read | Mediashift | PBS | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It was just more than a year ago that Ev Williams and Biz Stone created the publishing platform Medium....


At the heart of Medium is a sense of connectedness between those who create words and those who consume them, and the site’s future looks promising to technology experts like Warren.“


As a platform, I envision Medium becoming a curated magazine of sorts that lives digitally,” she wrote via email. “I think with a strong tablet app that is able to curate Medium’s content flipboard-style, the platform could actually also be a publication in its own right.”


For now, the site continues to guide readers through a consumptive experience unlike any other — and meanwhile, the writers are responsible for building up Medium’s content and shaping the site, post by post. “We want to optimize for great interactions between writers and readers,” Davies wrote via email....

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Medium continues to get large as readers and pageviews grow at the longform website.

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Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques

Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We weren’t all born to love verbs and spend hours toiling lovingly over word order and yet as small business owners and marketers, one of the most important hats that we necessarily wear is “writer”.


If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”


Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....

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Solid writing and blogging tips.

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Matt Rees's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:15 AM

"Meh" does seem to be the new word on the web. It's not exactly good writing, but let's not hold that against them....

Jenny McComb's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:37 AM

Good article! Lots of useful hints to help add spark and clarity to one's writing. I found the tips on he/she/it/them especially insightful. A good example of personable writing on a specific topic as well.

Valerie Robins's curator insight, June 11, 2014 1:14 PM

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”


Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....

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How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

"The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not."

Kurt Vonnegut has given us some of the most timeless advice on the art and craft of writing — from his 8 rules for a great story to his insights on the shapes of stories to his formidable daily routine. But hardly anything examines the subject with a more potent blend of practical advice and heart than Vonnegut’s 1985 essay“How to Write with Style,” published in the wonderful anthology How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (UKpublic library).


Vonnegut begins with an admonition against the impersonal sterility of journalistic reporting — something particularly important amidst contemporary debates about how personal the writerly persona should be — and a meditation on the single most important element of style

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Inspiring advice for writers and bloggers from Kurt Vonnegut and shared by Maria Popova.

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Medium needs to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up

Medium needs to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Does Medium want to be a platform for writing of all kinds, or does it want to be a magazine-style curated experience for readers? The two are very different, and the potential for conflict is great.

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What happens to blogging and storytelling Medium when it gets large? Exploring the possibilities...

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5 Tips Every Content Curator Needs to Write Better Calls-to-Action

5 Tips Every Content Curator Needs to Write Better Calls-to-Action | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Calls-to-action (CTAs) are among the most neglected of content marketing components — in both curated and created content. Yet, they are also among the discipline’s most essential features in terms of providing brand value. These simple, yet targeted, phrases are directly responsible for encouraging your audience to take a next step toward becoming a loyal customer, such as downloading your white paper, following you on Twitter, registering for your webinar, or sharing your content with a friend or colleague.


Without a call-to-action, content marketing efforts amount to little more than writing exercises. It’s not enough to publish useful information; you want readers to engage with you and take an action that will provide value for your business. Here are a few examples:...

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How to get better content, marketing and blogging results with calls to action.

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Storyteller Matt and the Valley of Awesome

Storyteller Matt and the Valley of Awesome | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Once upon the time--1969, to be exact--The Valley of Gwangi (see poster, left) was made. Based on a story concept by stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien (King Kong), and employing the stop-motion effects of Ray Harryhausen (former apprentice to O'Brien), it was and is the greatest cowboy-dinosaur movie ever made.


In the summer of 1970, a pencil-necked geek named Matt (see photo, right) discovered Gwangi quite by accident when it was the opening "B-movie" at his local theater with When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. Matt was all of seven, and he hooted and hollered and cheered throughout the film.


He was all alone that evening ... well, sort of all alone....

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Fabulous storytelling and story craft by @storytellerMatt. Highly recommended. 9 / 10

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9 magical two-sentence stories for the new year

9 magical two-sentence stories for the new year | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Ponder good luck and ill fortune for 2014 with authors Matt Bell, Julianna Baggott, Jacinda Townsend and more...The New Year is a time to think about luck, magic and omens, so Salon asked a few authors for two-sentence stories (originally inspired by these, on Reddit), about a blessing, a curse or both. Read what they came up with, and be careful what you wish for...

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Very creative and quick, enjoyable reading.

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28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters

28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
How not to edit a publication.


Luke Lewis shares 28 great editing and layout fumbles.

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013 - the Winners | Write to Done

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013 - the Winners | Write to Done | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When we asked you to nominate your favorite writing blog as one of the top 10 blogs for writers, we got over 1,100 nominations! Wonderful to see how passionate readers are about their favorite writing blog.


It’s great to see some very interesting new blogs amongst the winners! Of note is that quite a few blogs in the top 10 are associated with author platforms. Make sure you visit all the top 10 blogs to get to know the new crop of top writing blogs....

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Check out the top 10 blogs for writers 2013 in the 8th annual contest run by WritetoDone.com. . Great resource!.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

This morning at the Massachusetts School Library Association's conference (a fun conference that I highly recommend) Pam Berger presented some good ideas for working with primary source documents and Web 2.0 tools. One of the ideas that she shared and others elaborated on was the idea of using word clouds to help students analyze documents. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. Here are five tools that you and your students can use to create word clouds

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Richard Byrne shares 5 useful ways and tools to create word clouds.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:35 PM

This is interesting, word cloud generation! I guess we should try the word cloud generators to make the teaching of vocabulary more interesting. I mean after all learning and memorising the latin roots, and memorising word meanings from a dictionary might be necessary at times, but then it can also be tedious. 

rebecca strohmetz's curator insight, March 9, 12:05 PM

Word clouds seems like a great way to edit a paper and have a good fascinating title for a poster/magazine!

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Here's How To Sharpen Your Mind In Less Than 10 Minutes

Here's How To Sharpen Your Mind In Less Than 10 Minutes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

What's that? Your job leaves you with scarcely enough time or energy to cook occasional healthy meals, let alone lose yourself in a great book? We're sure you're busy, but we're incredulous, especially considering your fervent opinions on "The Mindy Project."


We needn't remind you of the multitudinous benefits of reading - some of them obvious, some of them surprising - but we will anyway: Books can make you more empathetic. They can keep your brain sharp, and even stave off Alzheimer's disease.


Still not ready to hop on the Infinite Jest bandwagon? Fair enough. But we urge you to start somewhere. According to Forbes, the average reading speed for an American adult is 300 words per minute. So we did a little math, and found 12 short stories that, for the average American adult, should take less than 10 minutes each to read. Check a few out on your lunch break! Who knows, you may discover something you like...

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Sometimes you stumble across a post that's perfect. This is one of them. I can't wait to read these classic short stories. Recommended reading. 10/10

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....


Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.


Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?


Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....

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Ann Handley offers a thoughtful post on the qualities that make good writing enjoyable and effective.

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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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7 Ways to Get Noticed For Your Writing Now

7 Ways to Get Noticed For Your Writing Now | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

... Businesses are now feeling the pressure to start blogs and fill them with good, useful content on a regular basis.


Websites need effective copy. Email campaigns need to be written strategically. And then, of course, there are tweets, Facebook messages and LinkedIn posts.


This is overwhelming for a lot of businesses. And many are not equipped with the marketing staff to handle the need.


This creates incredible opportunities for savvy writers to shine.And, there are plenty of businesses that would love to work with writers directly.


So, how do you get noticed by businesses that would love to pay for your writing? Here are seven tips to help you get started:...

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7 really practical ways to get your writing noticed whether you're just starting out or looking for new opportunities as a writer.

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 2014 9:03 AM

Word whores, listen up. This dude's got some great ways to peddle your stuff on the corner, for the cool blue.

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Robert Rodriguez On How To Make An Over-The-Top Action Movie

Robert Rodriguez On How To Make An Over-The-Top Action Movie | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Nobody turns B-movies into high art like Robert Rodriguez. With the launch of his latest Machete Kills he breaks down his process.
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Lots of killer storytelling ideas from the master of over-the-top action movies in this Fast Company profile. 

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The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You

The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Sure, let's connect all our devices to the Internet. But let's fence out the bad guys first....Will the Internet of Things will be the harbinger of a post-apocalyptic world where we're all huddled over smoldering fires and munching on lichens? Probably not. But it's time to take security more seriously to minimize the odds that malefactors can wreak havoc via the smallest of our devices.

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Hypothetical? Maybe. Thought provoking? Definitely! Recommended reading.

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Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling | Poynter's News University

Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling | Poynter's News University | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling Is a valuable, free course offered through Poynter News University.


TITLE:Five Steps to Multimedia StorytellingTYPE:Self-Directed Course

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IME ESTIMATE:This course takes about one to two hours to complete.


ABOUT SELF-DIRECTED COURSES


In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.


Want to spread your wings beyond print reporting, but don’t know where to start? In this course, you’ll learn the basic steps of telling your story with multimedia. You’ll discover ways to map out your story before you head out to do your reporting. And you’ll learn when to use such tools as audio, video and graphics.


WHAT WILL I LEARN?

-  Upon completing this course, you will be able to:Identify the elements in a multimedia story.

-  Understand which stories are more suitable for multimedia

-  Sketch a concept for a story

-  Identify tools needed to gather content in the field...

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Great resource, free course and just one of a number valuable journalism resources available at Poynter's News University. They are also invaluable to writers, bloggers, PR and marketing programs are responsible for producing content. Highly recommended. 9/10

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Pamela Koefoed's curator insight, August 26, 2013 1:47 PM

This is a self directed course.

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Medium: One year of publishing 'things that matter' | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

Medium: One year of publishing 'things that matter' | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Since launching in private beta last year, Medium has been building up its platform, which aims to offer a simple but 'beautiful' reading and writing experienceIt was one year ago this week when the online publishing world was abuzz with the news that two of Twitter's founders had launched a new platform called Medium, in private beta.In the early days only a select group of people were allowed behind the scenes to contribute content to Medium.


Some details on the platform were made public via an announcement post from Ev Williams, in which he described Medium as "a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends".In the past year the group of people invited to write has grown, and we are told it "should be a short wait from now" when the platform will be available for all to use.


The main aim of Medium is to be "the best place to read and write about things that matter", and this emphasis on both the writing and reading experience has been reflected in its approach over the past 12 months....

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Medium grows larger in influence. Medium continues to impress with the quality of its design and, most important, the quality of its writing. It's a great resource for those hungry for quality ideas, well written. Wonder what will happen when it goes public and they try to monetize it? I hope they keep makes it work beautifully now.

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