With journalists getting squeezed by shrinking column-inch counts in print and shrinking attention spans online, could long-form journalism find a new home on e-readers? From The New York Times to boutique publishing start-ups, e-books are emerging as a new platform for journalists to showcase in-depth stories and projects. How can journalists use e-books to expand their reporting and extend their reach? What do reporters, editors and news publishers need to know about the format and the economics? Join us Wednesday, May 15, at The Loft Literary Center for a conversation on e-books and journalism. We’ll hear from a panel of professionals with news, publishing and technology backgrounds. Continue reading →
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Tune in this Friday at noon Central for the latest in our series of live YouTube broadcasts with author C.W. Anderson (@Chanders). Anderson is a journalism ethnographer who spent much of the last decade studying the sweeping changes happening in Philadelphia’s news ecosystem and what they mean for the future of journalism. He’s written about it in his new book, “Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age” (http://amzn.com/B00AWNBHW0).
We’ll talk with Anderson about the evolving role of metro journalists. How has citizen journalism and social media changed what we do? How does the way we think about “the public” affect how we cover the news? How important is collaboration to our survival, and how can newsroom cultures hinder or promote that collaboration? Anderson is currently working as an assistant professor of media culture at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). He also writes regularly for Harvard University’s Nieman Lab.
Anderson will be interviewed by MNSPJ programming co-chair and freelance journalist Dan Haugen (@DanHaugen). If you’d like to join the conversation, you may submit questions or comments during the program using the Twitter hashtag #MNSPJchat. Friday, February 8, noon Central at http://www.youtube.com/user/mnspj
Join the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and Minnesota PRSA for a night of friendly competition as the “flacks” take on the “hacks” in trivia.
The evening will be moderated by Logan Aimone of the Associated Collegiate Press. Registration fees include appetizers plus one drink ticket.
Thursday, Feb. 21
6:30 p.m. registration | 7 p.m. trivia
Grumpy’s, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
Go to http://bit.ly/10P1K2f to register.
Join the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists this Friday, November 30 at noon for our first ever virtual brown bag lunch. Update – the live event is finished, but you can watch the entire discussion below.
Tune in live on YouTube and Twitter for a lunch-time discussion on the Hat Tip. When should news organizations give credit to bloggers, competitors, readers or others for scoops and story leads? When and how should reporters acknowledge that others’ reporting played a role in their stories? Is it an ethical issue — or just a good professional courtesy?
We’ll be on the air live with three web-savvy journalists as our panel: MinnPost media critic David Brauer, GigaOM senior writer Matthew Ingram, and Minnesota Public Radio online news editor Melanie Sommer. MPR’s Jon Collins will moderate the conversation, and we’ll share questions and comments from you via Twitter. (Use the hashtag #MNSPJchat.)
Check back here Friday just before noon for a link to the YouTube broadcast, or check the #MNSPJchat hashtag on Twitter. Continue reading →
“The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism.” Those were the words performer Mike Daisey used last winter to defend his now infamous monologue about Apple’s supply chain in China. The story was full of vivid details about Daisey’s undercover observations at the factory complex and his emotional conversations with its workers — many of which turned out to be made up. After the piece aired on This American Life, Daisey admitted to taking “dramatic license” in order to tell a more compelling story.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, join the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists at the Loft Literary Center (1011 Washington Ave. S, Minneapolis) for a panel discussion about getting dramatic details into stories — without taking dramatic license. How can journalists hone their eyes and ears to recognize little details that help bring true stories to life. We’ll hear from four Twin Cities journalists, including Sasha Aslanian of Minnesota Public Radio, David Hanners of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Boyd Huppert of KARE 11, and Steve Marsh of MplsSt.Paul and Delta Sky magazines.
The talk will start at 7 p.m., with a cash donation bar and light snacks available before and after the discussion. Free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center and the Asian American Journalists Association.
As the MN SPJ delegates head to Florida for the annual SPJ National Convention and Excellence in Journalism Conference, come toast the new season with colorful tiki drinks at our own urban tropical paradise. Stop by to cast your vote for national board members, and meet and mingle with fellow journalists.
The event is open to all Minnesota journalists, but only current MN SPJ members can cast a ballot for national board members. We’ll have a laptop available for voting, or you can use your own wireless device to cast a ballot.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 20
Where: Psycho Suzi’s | 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis
Interested in becoming a member? Visit our Join SPJ page.