Talking and writing, about talking about writing. Words North this week

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DCM managing editor Rob Brown chats about Words North.


Why does Words North appeal to you?

 Seems like a good time and we’ve got some ideas to share. Writers tend to have a lot of projects, and it is nice to talk about them once in while when it isn’t just promotion about them. Writers do “live” things all the time. Big things, little things, performances of things you’ve written or not, the live environment is really just a different way to spread the word beyond writing things down for people. So one gets reminded of the live fun – let’s do that again, get out and spread the words about the written word.  


How did your presentation come together?

In short, we wrote it. We gave thought about the presentation live, what we wanted to see and say, and then started assembling ideas. The idea is to put on live presentation that enhances the written projects. In this case, news. mWhen you start you might as well do it the way you want. You get options and you might as well start shaping the presentation, regardless of the budget, make the measures and define the frame the plan it.


How do you go about it?

 We write up a list of things we wanted to use have a go at, talk about, then put them down, then we go away and compete back and make the presentation sharper. It’s a lot like a play, with less production really.


Point is to make people remember.

Points that get stuck in the heads. The special idea regardless of the presentation. Doesn’t matter if the ticket is $5, or $100, the fortunes more spent, still make a profit. Even if it is a dollar.  Easy to sell out – the trick is to leave people talking. 

What people going to get this presentation?

 Half new things - half old bits. We wrote down all the bits and talked about them, personal taste, cut it more, get a vague running order and or priority and that’s it, really. Fun things to talk about live or work well live; or new stuff. Get the two editors in stereo, it’s the right mix. A lot of reading and writing. Reading is the easy part. Do it all the time. If you don’t the second half just becomes more difficult. Topics and questions along the lines of the state of journalism, newspapers, keeping readers reading, social media, writing influences, how one can write, newspaper production and more will be touched upon.


Join Dawson Creek Mirror Editor Rob Brown and Alaska Highway News Editor Matt Preprost at Stop the Presses, 3pm this Friday at KPAC.

Do newspapers have a future? It depends on who you ask, but a pair of Peace Region inkslingers will say the business of selling stories is alive and well. With more than 30 years of newspaper experience between them, Matt Preprost, editor of the Alaska Highway News, and Rob Brown, editor of the Dawson Creek Mirror, will share stories of humour and horror and will provide insights to writers who wish to join the conversations in their respective pages. Stop the Presses will be interactive, taking in questions from columnist and session moderator Judy Kucharuk, as well as from the audience.

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