Coming up Friday, Dec. 6, several heavy hitters in the world of longform digital publishing will make appearances at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to discuss the future of longer narratives online. Interested journalists can also watch a livestream of the event.
David Remnick of The New Yorker is on the bill at Friday’s one-day conference “The Future of Digital Longform” in Manhattan, as well as professionals from nonprofit investigative journalism effort ProPublica, science journalism venture Matter, the crowdfunded Narratively, Longform and The Atavist.
The event was planned for a couple reasons: 1) We’re smack dab in the middle of a really interesting movement in digital storytelling. Some call it a renaissance, even, and it’s clear that a new phenomenon has surfaced; as the Tow Center notes, narratives are being weaved together through multimedia, moving comics and powerful data instead of being one-dimensional. And, 2) Tow Center fellow Anna Hiatt, also of The Big Roundtable, which I’ve written about for the blog), is finished with her research about digital longform journalism, which is part of an ongoing look at the definitions and challenges of longer online news.
Over the course of the day, several important questions like “Just because we can design another “Snow Fall,” should we?” and, considering the fairly recent influx of startups for digital storytelling, the toughest question — “How do we pay writers?” — will be posed and pondered.
The conference is free to attend, but if you’re like me and can’t fly to NYC for the day, don’t fret. The Tow Center will be live-streaming the event at this link. Watch the whole thing live from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time).
Like any good digital journalists would, conference organizers and attenders will be live-tweeting throughout the day using the hashtag #longform, and you can tweet your questions to panelists and speakers using the same hashtag. Check out the day’s full schedule of discussions, and register here if you haven’t.
I’m looking forward to listening in on the conversation Friday. Will you watch from where you are? If you’re going, which topic are you most looking forward to?