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About Brad Neuberg

Digital Storytelling Conference 2014

On Wednesday last week a bunch of us at Inkling jumped in a van in San Francisco and drove eight hours to U.C. Irvine for the Digital Storytelling conference. It was a great road trip and a fabulous one-day conference.

The Inkling crew at U.C. Irvine

I took copious notes at the conference that I’ve cleaned up and placed below. The talks were panels run by a moderator. I've placed each of the questions from the moderators and the answers from panelists behind Stretchtext to make it easier to go deeper into the questions you might be interested in while still skimming over questions.

Snowfalling: How can we merge digital projects with great writing?

What are examples of great digital projects like Snowfall?

Self-selecting person of writing long form is a control freak. Do we as writers have to become different kinds of people, more collaborative and open to sharing with designers all through the process in order to create this new kind of work?

How do you want an author to be involved in the process that would be different then in the past?

CGI made big budget movies stupid by crowding out dramatic tension and deep portraiture. Are we in a moment in digital storytelling where there is a similar risk? Tech becomes ends in themselves?

When thinking about digital candy, keeping in mind whether its vital to the story or extra stuff on the side if the reader doesn’t consume it its not the end of the world?

Situation where you’ve found yourself writing about the same story as others that might be getting more attention than yours?

How does someone with the opportunity to make a difference, what kind of individual skillsets would you look for for someone on a college campus newspaper to do this?

What do we call this thing we are doing, rather than just calling it Snowfalling?

What are biggest gaps as a writer in digital media vs. paper that need to be solved?

What makes a great story, larger story?

Digital Publishers: The Business of Beautiful Storytelling

How are you going to make money?

Narrative arc of your business model?

Are you assuming that young people don’t pay for written content, meaning ad and sponsored content is the future?

What happens to print? Does it become a novelty?

What cities do you work out of, how do you get through such wide author and user base?

Breaking into Digital: Op-eds, Narratives, and Reported Essays in the Digital Age

Jim tell us about start of your digital writing experience.

Elizabeth, how did you morph into the digital world?

Brian tell us about your experience.

Tess tell us about your experience.

Talk about popularity and what that means, clicks, people willing to go through paywall. How does that influence you for the audience to dictate what you write? Will you continue to have agency over the work?

What relation does blogging have to all of this?

How is sitting on site for 30 minutes monitizable?

How would you suggest digital age writers start, pitch narratives, blogs, Tumblr?

How do you balance writing something somewhere else, such as memoir bits on a blog, with keeping it for yourself for a memoir book?

How do you deal with not having editorial filter for online writing? Gave example of writing about police brutality and Aryan Brotherhood.

Do you adjust your style when writing online, exploring way of telling stories beyond just words, video, audio.

How did you approach picking characters, finding a long form non-fiction story with an arc that would sustain ten thousand words?

How much detail should you be giving for each character?

Writing Across Platforms: From Digital to Print and Beyond

What are you up to?

What advice can you give to beginning journalist in this land where everything changing really rapidly?

Does the definition of what is good storytelling change as the platforms evolve?

Surprised that Douglas McGray is starting a new print publication, how is this happening, whats the business model, how did you get into the newspapers, are you paying your writers?

When you consider pitches from writers, do you consider it more important that they have a blog or Twitter account with a ton of followers or that they were published in the LA Times?

What stands out when you get a pitch in your inbox?

How common for writer to produce content for TV, radio, print, and web?

How have you incorporated social media into journalism?

How reconcile differences between mediums? How do you justify adding or removing changing experience, what about core experience but due to differences in mediums?

How has user generated content changed environment of journalism?

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