Tag Archives: Writing/Publishing/Journalism

NPR Revs Up Podcast Offerings for Brands

As podcast listening booms, industry leader NPR is strengthening its position by focusing on diversity of programming, including new genres and fresh shows. As the medium attracts listeners across age groups and races, NPR offers something for almost any listener, from news to music, culture, race, history and more, and can connect brands looking to reach these engaged, receptive audiences.

“The two biggest challenges facing everyone in the media industry today are the changing ways people consume media and how audiences are getting more diverse,” Michael Smith, NPR’s chief marketing officer, said as part of the organization’s Upfront presentation at the IAB’s virtual 2020 Podcast Upfront. “We’re all about meeting people where they are and with content for who they are.” Click here to read the complete article.

Join Award-Winning Blogger Stephanie Yeboah- September 30

London-based blogger Stephanie Yeboah joins Books on Tap Live to discuss her debut book, Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl’s Guide to Living Life Unapologetically, which hits shelves this month. In her book Yeboah speaks openly and courageously about her own experience navigating life as a black, plus-sized woman. Sharing painful, personal stories of being fetishized and facing everyday misogynoir to being objectified and humiliated in her dating life, Stephanie explores the treatment of black women throughout history and the marginalization of black, plus-sized women in popular culture and the media.

Drawing on the wisdom of other black fat liberation champions and offering honest advice and insights, Stephanie shares how she has managed to find self-worth in a world where judgment and discrimination are rife. With her book, she aims to help a generation of black, plus-sized women live life openly, unapologetically and with confidence and reframe the way all women think about their bodies.

Wednesday, September 30
4:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Pacific
Live on FacebookYouTube and right here (see below)
Sponsored by Hardie Grant Publishing

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Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Conventions – Deadline date to apply – Sunday, August 30

The Dow Jones News Fund invites college students interested in journalism or working for student media to apply for free registration to attend virtual journalism conventions.

The News Fund will provide free registrations to these upcoming conferences:

Applicants should submit this form, which requires a 500-word essay, resume and contact information for one journalistic reference. Deadline to apply for both is Sunday, Aug. 30 at midnight.

As part of their sponsorship, each student will write about their experience, summarize a panel or interview with a fellow journalist at the convention, which may be published on the News Fund website and social media.  

Brooklyn Book Fest Goes Virtual for 2020

The 15th annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which will take place September 28-October 5 this year, will be held entirely virtually due to pandemic-related restrictions on public gatherings.

The festival will launch on September 28 with Bookends, a week-long series of special digital literary events, including LGBTQ- and Latinx-focused events, which will precede the two main days of the festival: Children’s Day, featuring a virtual draw-off competition between cartoonists, on October 3, and Festival Day on October 4. Announced today by festival founders and coproducers Carolyn Greer and Liz Koch, this year’s all-virtual Brooklyn Book Festival will be presented using pre-recorded, live-streamed panel and interview events hosted on the Zoom platform and featuring more than 150 authors participating from around the globe. Click here to learn more about this event!

New and Forthcoming Kids’ and YA Books by Black Creators

Last month, PW compiled a large collection of newly published recommended fiction and nonfiction about race and activism from creators of color, as well as suggested fiction that celebrates the diversity of the Black experience. Now they are adding a list of noteworthy forthcoming titles, due out in the remainder of 2020. Click here for the list!

Pandemic Success Highlights Rockridge Press’s Data-Driven Strategy

The outstanding performance of the children’s nonfiction category in the first half of 2020, with unit sales up 25.5% compared to the same period in 2019 according to NPD BookScan, was driven by pandemic-fueled interest in educational workbooks, coloring and activity books, and other titles that help families cope with the crisis. Leading the way was Rockridge Press’s $8.99 My First Learn-to-Write Workbook by Crystal Radke, which has sold about 431,000 copies so far this year. Click here to read the complete article.