Members of the journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.” This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media. Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.
This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.
Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains. Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).
The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.
On Wednesday, April 18th, award-winning journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator Pete Hamill will be hosted by the The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University to give the nineteenth Abraham S. Burack Lecture. Mr. Hamill, who has won several journalism and literary awards and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, will give a lecture reflecting on his life and career and will also be available to sign books. Mr. Hamill’s papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Prizes for the Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded preceding the lecture. This event is free to students with a BU ID and $25 for non-members and guests. The talk begins at 6:00 p.m. in Metcalf Hall. A cocktail reception will follow.
This weekend, Pulitzer Prize winners and best-selling authors will convene here at BU for the Journalism Department‘s annual conference, The Power of Narrative: The Rebirth of Storytelling. There, some of the nation’s most celebrated writers will discuss the art and future of narrative nonfiction.
2011 speakers include:
- Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times
- Kate Medina, Executive Editor, Random House
- Susan Orlean, Author, The Orchid Thief
- Hampton Sides, Author, Hellhound on His Trail
- Douglas Starr, Author, The Killer of Little Shepherds; Professor, College of Communication
- Gay Talese, Journalist & Author
- Isabel Wilkerson, Author, The Warmth of Other Suns; Professor, College of Communication
- And many more…
When Disaster Strikes: Reporting and Responding is an international conference that will explore the collaboration and tension between journalists and public health workers at times of crisis. The event, featuring a keynote speech by NBC’s Kerry Sanders, will mark the first annual collaboration of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development, School of Public Health and College of Communication. A wide range of experts from the fields of global health, NGOs and journalism, as well as citizens and volunteers, will focus on the many layers of crisis in post-earthquake Haiti, to establish strategies for journalists and aid workers to function collaboratively.
In the age of Twitter and other social media networks, where anyone can “break news,” how is traditional journalism changing, who are the true journalists, and what is the difference between news and information? Those were just a few of the interesting questions examined at <em>The Media Landscape: How Social Journalism Is Changing the News Industry, </em>a panel discussion hosted by BU’s public relations office on Oct. 12.
Moderated by BU alum and founder of <a href=”http://www.helpareporter.com/” target=”_blank”>Help a Reporter Out</a> (HARO), <a href=”http://shankman.com/” target=”_blank”>Peter Shankman</a> (COM ’94), the panel featured experts from the traditional news world, PR and the blogosphere, and included <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/about-com/faculty/thomas-fiedler/” target=”_blank”>Tom Fiedler</a>, Dean of the <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/” target=”_blank”>College of Communication</a> (COM); <a href=”http://twitter.com/lvanderpool” target=”_blank”>Lisa van der Pool</a>, broadcast editor and reporter at <em><a href=”http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/” target=”_blank”>The Boston Business Journal</a></em>; Adam Gaffin, founder and editor of <a href=”http://www.universalhub.com/” target=”_blank”>Universal Hub</a>; and <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/about-com/faculty/stephen-quigley/” target=”_blank”>Steve Quigley</a>, Associate Professor of Public Relations at COM.
Watch the complete event below and check out a recap from <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/today/node/11683” target=”_blank”>BU Today</a>.
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