Writing in 2025: The Future of Digital Publications

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200 Willoughby Ave

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The landscape of publishing continues to change and evolve... How can writers prepare?

How can one continue to produce relevant content and use new and innovative media to tell engaging stories and share hard news? Pratt alumnus, published author, and blogger Andy P. Smith discusses this topic with a panel of esteemed writers and editors on the forefront of this transforming landscape.

Complimentary Moleskine products will be available to the first attendees and all attendees can participate in an on-site raffle for a chance to win a Smart Writing Set.

After the moderated conversation, panelists will take questions from the audience.

This event is open to current Pratt students, alumni, faculty and staff, and guests. Space is limited, RSVP.

Andy P. Smith, Published Author, Blogger

Andy is a writer, producer, and Pratt Institute alumnus. Having graduated 13 years ago, he has failed and succeeded to varying degrees for over a decade in New York City. His writing has been published in COLORS, The Village Voice, Quartz, Vice, FreeWilliamsburg, Greenpointers, and BushwickDaily. Along with his BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, Andy also has an MS in Publishing from New York University. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Annalisa Merelli, Reporter at Quartz

Annalisa is a reporter at Quartz. She hails from Bergamo (Italy) but has worked and lived in Paris and Delhi before settling in the US (for now). She was the founding editor of art, culture and lifestyle portal The India Tube and a writer and editor at Narratively, Global Voices, Timbuktu, Motherland, W+K Delhi, and Fabrica. She holds a master's degree in semiotics and a bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Bologna.

Dylan Thuras, Founder of Atlas Obscura

Dylan's pursuit of the unusual began as a teenager exploring abandoned buildings in the mid-west and eventually took him and his wife Michelle to Budapest for a year, to exploring Eastern Europe's obscure and wondrous locales. After co-producing an evening of wonders with Joshua Foer, the two began hatching plans for their next big project. Creating a way for curious travelers to find the hidden wonders of the world seemed like a heck of a lot of fun, and the Atlas Obscura was born.

Hanna Hurr, Managing Editor of Mask Magazine

Hanna Hurr is a co-founder and managing editor of Mask Magazine. She came of age as a student organizer in Finland and studied critical theory in Minnesota. Hanna also works as a freelance writer focusing on the future of publishing, technology, value, and other aspects of what it means to be human.

Anna Merlan, Senior Reporter, Investigative Unit at Gizmodo Media Group

Anna Merlan is a New Mexico-born, New York-based journalist, specializing in politics, crime, religion, subcultures, and women's lives. She is currently a senior reporter at a brand-new investigative unit at Gizmodo Media Group. She was previously a senior reporter at Jezebel, and a staff writer at the Village Voice and Dallas Observer.

This event is open to current Pratt students, alumni, faculty and staff, and guests.

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