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MediaShift: Your guide to the digital media revolution

August 31, 2010

Tags: multimedia, digital media

Since 2006 PBS MediaShift has tracked how technology and the Internet are changing our media world, which now includes weblogs, podcasts, and citizen journalism. Journalists must now master multimedia. You can learn a lot on MediaShift--see, for example, these postings:
Mediashift: Your Guide to the Digital Revolution (PBS) (more…)

Vote for your favorite National Book Festival author

August 18, 2010

Tags: book festival, popular authors

Hundreds of award-winning authors have spoken at the National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, during its storied decade-long run. Who is your favorite author from this talented crowd? Find that authorís name using this alphabetical list:
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/vote/ (more…)

Girl Scouts Oral History Project

August 17, 2010

Tags: oral history

Were you a Girl Scout? For their diamond anniversary (2012) the Girl Scouts have undertaken an oral history project, which you can read about here: http://www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org/images/Oral_History.pdf (PDF). Note: "We also need Girl Scout alumni who are willing to share their Girl Scout experiences on camera (more…)

Catch videos from first Compleat Biographer conference

August 8, 2010

Tags: biography

Biographers International Organization (BIO), officially founded in 2010, held its first Compleat Biographer conference March 26 (in Boston). Click here for videos from the conference --including panels on trends in biography, on selecting your subject, and on marketing (more…)

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

August 2, 2010

Tags: fiction

Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, the Guardian asked several authors for their personal do's and don'ts. Read what the following authors have to say: Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, (more…)

E-book sales taking off

August 2, 2010

Tags: e-books, book publishing, Kindle

Volume of Kindle book sales stuns Amazon's Jeff Bezos (USA Today's tech columnist Edward C. Baig interviews Bezos). The comments are as interesting as the article. An avid book reader, for examples, says, ". I have no way (more…)