The Big Roundtable Rethinks The Editorial Model For Long-Form Journalism, Hits Its Kickstarter Goal  is an article in TechCrunch  that discusses a new long-form journalism startup called The Big Roundtable.  The new start-up the brain child of  Michael Shapiro a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism.  Rather than the common practice having articles subjected to the taste of an individual editor,  The Big Roundtable  is using “a group of 50 readers, who are supposed to vet the stories. The first 1,000 words of each submission are sent to a subset of those readers, who are then asked whether they’d read more. (That’s allthey’re asked…) ”  Those pieces that get an affirmative are passed on to a second group and if they approve, the article goes to an editor who then  begins working with the author.

  • How Open Access and Para-Academic Publishers Are Disrupting Academic Publishing This article by Kevin Eagan in Digital Book World talks about the “changes happening on the edges of academic publishing” engendered by the open access movement.  According Mr. Eagan “these alternative methods for producing scholarly work have adopted the term “para-academic” to distinguish their work as happening outside of the academic publishing system.”  He goes on to feature some examples ranging from the  journal  Continent that uses an open peer commentary process to the academic book publisher, punctum books, which “accepts donations for PDF versions of books directly from its website while offering print versions of its work through CreateSpace.”
  • What do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs?  The abstract of this piece says it pretty well: “This article examines the MOOC phenomenon, identifying aspects that academic librarians should consider in the coming years, including how these courses interact with scholarly resources and library services. Methods for integrating library services in these courses are evaluated, with recommendations for the best course of action.” (The article is from D-Lib Magazine, March/April 2013 Volume 19, Number 3/4.”)
  • Stop Calling It ‘Digital Humanities’: And 9 other strategies to help liberal-arts colleges join the movement  William Pannapacker, associate professor of English at Hope College, challenges the criticism that the digital humanities “requires the resources of a major university (faculty, infrastructure, money).”  In fact, he argues that  liberal arts colleges with a focus on teaching are better positioned that major research universities to develop digital humanities programs.  In support of  this notion he offers ten strategies that will help smaller colleges make a mark in this emerging field.
  • Self Publishing Intelligence Report for March 2013  For those interested in keep track of developments in the world of self publishing, Jason Boog compiles this list of  links posted in GalleyCat including week by week rankings of bestsellers for the month; genre fiction charts for March 2013; selected self-publishing news items; and self-publishing author resources.

 

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