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NICHOLAS JACKSON is currently the digital director of Pacific Standard, a California-based magazine that tackles the nation's biggest social, political, and cultural issues with an eye to what shapes human behavior. He also serves as an officer of The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in literary journalism. Previously, he worked as the digital editorial director at Outside, as the editor-in-chief of Atlas Obscura, and as an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the site's Health channel. He has also worked for Texas Monthly, Slate, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and other publications.
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DAVID ABRAHAMSON is a professor of journalism and the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The founder of Medill's Literary Journalism seminar, he also teaches magazine writing and magazine editing and was co-director of the graduate Magazine Publishing Project from 1994 to 2002. Beyond Medill, he is the general editor of a multi-volume historical series, "Visions of the American Press," and served as the director of the Northwestern University Center for the Writing Arts from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of Magazine-Made America: The Cultural Transformation of the Postwar Periodical, an interpretive history of the magazine profession since World War II, and editor of the definitive anthology of magazine scholarship, The American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects.
DEBORAH BLUM is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a faculty affiliate of the Science and Technology Studies program. A Pulitzer-Prize winning science journalist, her articles and books explore the intersection between science and society, focusing on subjects ranging from animal research to forensic toxicology. Blum serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and The Open Notebook. A former president of the National Association of Science Writers, she served for four years as the North American board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and served as program chair for the 2011 World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar.
RYAN BRADLEY is a senior editor at Fortune, specializing in science and health and overseeing the First section of the magazine. He joined Fortune in 2012. Previously, he worked for Popular Science, The World Policy Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and India Today. He has written for Slate, The Atlantic, Good, and New York, among other publications.
PAUL CARR is the founder and editor-in-chief of NSFW Corporation, a print and digital news magazine based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the author of The Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations and Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions of a New Media Whore. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian and TechCrunch, where he had wrote a regular column for two years before resigning.
NOAH DAVIS is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, New York, with a focus on sports, culture, and media. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, The New Republic, SportsIllustrated.com, NYMag.com, GQ.com, Wired.com, The Verge, The AV Club, The Awl, and other outlets.
ADAM FLANGO is a producer for CBS Sports/CBS Interactive in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he creates daily video content on professional and college football. He is also a contributor to Cincinnati Magazine's Reds and Bengals blogs. Previously, he was a sports reporter for The Athens News and a new media intern for the Philadelphia 76ers.
BEN FRUMIN is editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. Previously, he was the website's deputy editor and a senior editor at Talking Points Memo. His writing has been published in several newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, CNNMoney.com, Reuters.com, Columbia Journalism Review, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the New York Post, and The Forward. Ben used to live in New Delhi, where he worked as a magazine editor and freelance foreign correspondent, and also served for two years on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He studied psychology and political science as an undergrad at the University of California-Berkeley, and journalism as a grad student at Columbia.
JEREMY GORDON is a New York-based writer who manages and edits Brooklyn's Finest, the ESPN/TrueHoop website about the Brooklyn Nets. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Noisey, and Bullett, among other publications. Previously, his work has been published in The Atlantic, The Hairpin, and The Village Voice.
MEGAN GREENWELL is a senior editor for longform features at ESPN the Magazine. She is also a co-founder of Tomorrow Magazine, a one-shot publication funded on Kickstarter. Previously, she was the managing editor (and sports columnist) at GOOD magazine and covered education, philanthropy, and the war in Iraq for The Washington Post.
ALEX HEARD is the editorial director of Outside magazine and the author of The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South and Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America. Previously, he was the executive editor of Wired. He has also edited and written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and Slate.
EVA HOLLAND is a freelancer writer and editor based in Canada's Yukon Territory. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to SB Nation Longform, Outside Online, and Vela. Her work was recently included in Byliner's list of "102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories From 2012."
JEFF JARVIS, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do?, blogs about media and news at BuzzMachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news start-up. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, he was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
CHRIS JONES is the back-page columnist for ESPN The Magazine and a writer at large for Esquire. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors; he won for "Home," a 2004 Esquire feature about astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and "The Things That Carried Him," a 2008 story of one soldier's last trip home.
BRENDAN I. KOERNER is a contributing editor at Wired, where he writes the monthly "Mr. Know-It-All" column, and the author of Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight From the Greatest Manhunt of World War II and The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. He has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Slate, Legal Affairs, and other publications.
RYAN O'HANLON is an associate editor at Pacific Standard, a California-based magazine that tackles the nation's biggest social, political, and cultural issues with an eye to what shapes human behavior. Previously, he was an assistant online editor at Outside. He has written for BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, ESPN, New York magazine, and other publications.
MIKE SAGER is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter who has been called "the Beat poet of American journalism." A former contributor editor to Rolling Stone and writer-at-large for GQ, Sager has worked as a writer-at-large for Esquire for more than 15 years. In 2010, he won the National Magazine Award for profile writing. The editor and publisher of The Sager Group, a consortium of multimedia artists and writers, Sager has written for Vibe, Spy, Interview, Playboy, The Washingtonian, and other publications.
HARRIS SOCKEL grew up in suburban Philadelphia, went to college in suburban Chicago, and currently lives in non-suburban New York City. He loves to sing, write, and investigate education reform. In 2008, he made a circumnavigation of the globe while studying how American literature is translated, re-published, marketed, and interpreted across the world.
JAKE SWEARINGEN is the digital director of Modern Farmer. Previously, he was the Web editor at LA Weekly, which he joined in January 2012 from sister publication SF Weekly. He has also worked at Wired, Business 2.0, CBS Interactive, and Livingly Media, an online publisher that covers fashion, beauty, celebrity, home, and entertainment topics.
JUSTIN WILLIAMS is an associate editor at Cincinnati Magazine. He has also worked as a freelance sports writer for The New York Times, and contributed occasionally to Dime Magazine, a national basketball publication. Previously, he was an arts and entertainment and copy editor for Cleveland Magazine. He studied magazine journalism at Ohio University.