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The Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship winners, Mariecar Mendoza and Denise Watson, reflect on their time at the 2014 SFJ annual conference:
During a time in the media industry where metrics and analytics rule many newsrooms, it’s refreshing to know that there is a still a smart, creative group of enthusiastic people who champion the art of storytelling.
What’s more, they’re focused on storytelling about music that moves, food that strengthens bonds with loved ones – or helps folks with their gastrointestinal tract.
That’s the biggest takeaway I got from my first Society of Features Journalism conference, hosted in Nashville this summer.
When I was a teen, I always dreamed of being in the same room with arts and entertainment writers and editors who understood the importance of what most newsrooms scornfully dub “fun journalism.” This year, not only got nearly a week with them, but I got real time with them to bounce around ideas – steal a few ideas, too – and find out how they’re dealing with this digital world that has everyone working on so many platforms at such a fast pace.
Tommy Tomlinson, a writer for Forbes, probably summed up what features writing means to me when he told the attentive crowd of SFJers: “I like to write big stories out of little moments.”
Here are the best “looked like we planned it this way” ideas for print and online, as presented at SFJ14 conference in Nashville.
Download the PDFs by clicking Saved the Day
The best online feature ideas from SFJ14 conference in Nashville.
You can download a PDF of all the Online superstars here.
PDFs from the SFJ14 conference in Nashville on holidays.
You can download the PDFs here: Show and Steal: Holidays
FOR MEMBERS ONLY: Enjoy great ideas in our Editor’s Choice portion of Show and Steal, as presented at the SFJ14 conference in Nashville.
Download a printable set of Editor’s Choice here.
We’ll be posting more galleries from Show and Steal soon.