Sound and Vision: Increase your reach with storytelling across multiple platforms

Boston, April 1-3. Some of the best minds in narrative journalism will gather at the Power of Narrative conference to, as their tagline puts it, stay “Savvy, Skilled, and Solvent in Journalism’s Wired Era.”

I’m proud to be a speaker and panelist at the conference, and look forward to meeting you there.

The media landscape grows ever more fractured, and it’s tough to gain access a broad audience in the way we might once have through a single medium. My talk will address the fact that more and more, journalists and writers need to utilize multiple media to get their work in front of more people, as well as to make better use of the work they’ve created. But how do you maintain the integrity of your narrative voice? How do you think about the advantages and disadvantages of various platforms as they apply to a given story? That’s what you’ll find out at my talk,  Sound and Vision: Increase your reach with storytelling across multiple platforms.

Among the presenters this year are Gay Talese, Mary Roach, The Moth, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and a slew of journalists who defy traditional borders in journalism and media to connect ideas and people in new ways. 

Register via the Power of Narrative website. I hope to see you there!

Boston University
College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

My schedule (for more, check out the full rundown, here.)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • SOUND MIND: HOW TO HARNESS THE POWER OF PODCASTING, PUBLIC AND INDEPENDENT RADIO PRODUCTION. What becomes more possible when a story is heard, not seen? How can you get those stories out there? This panel explores the popularity, potential and inventiveness of audio storytelling as a powerful and still-growing form of narrative. (Adriana Gallardo, Kerri Hoffman, Jessica Abel, Room 505)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • SOUND AND VISION: INCREASE YOUR REACH WITH STORYTELLING ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS. Audiences are distracted and distractible. The more consistently you can tell a story across media—in images, a comic, a video, great quotes, a soundtrack—the more your story will stick. In Out on the Wire Jessica Abel took storytelling concepts from radio into comics, and then into a podcast and prose. In this session, she’ll walk you through how she interpreted sound through comics and images through audio, and how you can apply these ideas more broadly. (Jessica Abel, Room 421)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • BEYOND DIGITAL BELLS AND WHISTLES. Digital content drives characters, settings, situations and sensibility. Our panelists have tried everything and share their knowledge of what works. (Amy O’Leary, Ben Solomon, Kerri Hoffman, Jessica Abel, Room 505)
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Meet Jessica Abel

Meet Jessica Abel

Author. Cartoonist. Teacher. Coach.

I help people whose imagination and creativity are the ultimate source of everything they do in their professional life stop grinding and start carving out the deep focus needed to finish—and launch—the game-changing work they want to be known for.  Discover my Courses, Join the FREE Creative Engine Workshop or find out more about me.

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