Monday, January 18, 2010

Reaching a Popular Audience Workshop: Vancouver 2010

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2010
Event: Mar. 26, 2010

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Fifty thousand screaming readers rush the newsstand to get a copy of your latest research. Okay, maybe they're not screaming, but the numbers probably aren't that far off. While peer-reviewed journals may make the academic world go round, it's through magazines and newspapers that your work can make its way into homes across the country – and you might be surprised to find out how interested Canadians are in what you do.

The Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE) is sponsoring a one-day graduate student workshop on Friday, March 26, 2010 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The workshop will teach participants how to propose a suitable article for a popular publication and effectively pitch it to a relevant editor.

The application deadline is February 15, 2010. Applications can be made using the online application form. Accommodation grants are available for out-of-town participants. A limited number of participants living outside the BC Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island may be eligible for travel grants.* Anyone who is registered or intends to register as a graduate student at a Canadian university in 2010 can apply, though some places are reserved for students studying environmental history or historical geography. Space is limited.

Participants can opt to receive continued support by joining the Active History Writer's Guild, a free organization which encourages and mentors young academics looking to propel their ideas into the public eye.

Generous Support Provided By:
The Network in Canadian History & Environment and the University of British Columbia.

* NiCHE has provided funding to fly in and accommodate up to two students living in Northern B.C., Alta., or Sask. who are current NiCHE members.

Photo Credit: "1959 Voss Deluxe" by Oliver Hammond.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Active History: Live Blogging History

For those looking for new ways to engage the public with history and the internet, check out my article on Active History that looks at the idea of posting historical events to a blog over the same span of time that the event took to unfold.

Live Blogging History: Accessible and Creative