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BWI’s Online Writers Directory continues growing with new members joining the ranks and includes more than 120 listings. It allows visitors to this website to find boating and fishing writers and communicators by name, geography, writing specialty, website, blogs – and any data that is loaded into the directory is searchable. To see the listings, click on the “Directories” tab above, and then on “Active Writers Directory” on the left of the new page that comes up. Note to BWI members and others interested: The Online Directory is a member benefit and requires input and updating by members that use it. For those who have not yet added information, a private link is needed for access and available by contacting info@bwi.org.

Free Tuition to Tech Webinars

The American Boat & Yacht Council is reaching out to the BWI membership with the offer of free tuition for its educational webinar series. Says BWI member Ed Sherman, who also serves as ABYC’s Director of Curriculum Development and Delivery, the first two offerings will be: “Shipping Boats Overseas…..What You Need to Know” is set for Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/j3ywgso5fn7g); “Marine Fire Investigation… How NFPA Guides the Investigator” scheduled for April 27 also at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ryv7ywymbu91). BWI members need to identify themselves as such when registering.

Upcoming Technical Webinars will include “Basic Electrical” with Kevin Ritz on May 12 and “Lead Acid to AGM Battery Conversion” with Dwight Escalera on May 25. The regular rate for an ABYC webinar is $49 per site with unlimited live access to that site for ABYC members; $69 for non-members, which includes an opportunity to view the recorded webinar for an additional 30 days at no additional cost. Check the ABYC Education Calendar at www.abycinc.org/calendar/index.cfm for additional description and registration for webinars planned in later months.

BWI Miami Agenda

The agenda for BWI’s Annual Meeting starts with Continental breakfast, courtesy of the National Marine Electronics Association, moves on to brief Association business, then presentation of the Annual Writing Awards, a short coffee break, and the panel on The Future of Marine Journalism. It runs from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday February 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center Room A 204-205.

How journalists can best respond to the changing needs of the boating industry in an era of social networking will be the focus of the panel discussion. Other issues sure to be discussed include the viability of online publications and whether these outlets require skill sets different from those of the traditional writer. “It’s time for a frank discussion of the future of marine journalism and I suspect our program will produce an exciting dialogue that will actively engage our audience,” said BWI Director Michael Sciulla, chairman of the committee producing the forum.

Another highlight of BWI’s Miami meeting will be an introduction by the National Marine Electronics Association of a major new initiative, the NMEA Master Dealer Program. This will allow boaters to identify marine electronics dealers who are committed to education, technical proficiency, and customer service consistent with the organization’s high standards.

All of BWI’s events are open to the marine community and require no ticket for admission.

Future of Marine Journalism

With so many changes sweeping through the boating and publishing industries this past decade, BWI has assembled a roundtable of senior publishing executives to discuss what the future holds in store for the boating media and for journalists – working both on and offline – during the Miami International Boat Show.

BWI will present, “The Future of Marine Journalism,” during its bi-annual meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, room A 204-205. Read more »

Member Focus is Summer Plan

Hello and hope all of you are enjoying a summer of good boating. Personally so far, I’ve enjoyed a summer of boat work but that’s not all bad either. I’ve got three bits of news this month so here we go.

First, I’m happy to announce the first of our educational webinars is scheduled for mid-July on the topic of what it takes to start your own blog so you can highlight your work and potentially get more freelance assignments. Past president, Kim Kavin, has volunteered and created content for a presentation entitled “How to start a blog for about $10” in which she discussed all the steps to getting started online from acquiring a URL to managing your Google Analytics. Read more »

BWI Loses Attaway and Leigh in May

Two widely-known and respected BWI members passed away in early May.

Roy Attaway, who edited several boating magazines during his career and was also known for his strong writing and memorable photos, died suddenly on May 9 of a stroke. Scott Leigh, publisher of the West Coast boating magazine Dockside, passed away May 1 at his home in Gig Harbor, WA.

Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in South Carolina before moving to New York City where he was editor-in-chief of Boating and Yachting magazines and executive editor of Motorboating & Sailing, and a producer, writer and director for ABC Television’s The American Sportsman. Read more »

Welcome to BWI’s New Website!

Welcome to the beta version of the new Boating Writers International website, a portal that will allow marine professionals access all the resources that BWI offers, from news and information to job listings.

Editors and publishers can post jobs — and writers can see what is available — on the newly-enhanced BWI Job Board. Writers and editors can also connect using the Writer’s Directory and the Supporting Members listing, or access BWI’s popular LinkedIn Group.

Readers can easily catch up on Member News, Industry News and BWI News, thanks to news pages that are updated regularly, and a Calendar page allows shows upcoming events.

There is also an abundance of information on the BWI Writing Contest, Awards Judging, the BWI Ethics Policy and other popular services and resources. Read more »

BWI to Host New Media Panel

While many journalists, media and boating businesses are struggling in the current economic environment, some are finding success with original websites, blogs, and “viral content.”

Boating Writers International’s “Newsmaker” session during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will showcase two BWI members who have created revenue-generating websites and blogs, and a boatbuilder whose viral marketing has created reach, buzz and sales. Read more »

Writing Contest Coming

Brochures for the 2009 writing contest will be available, beginning at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of October. Read more »

BWI Member Survey Results

BWI wrapped up a survey in early May that provides a sketch of the typical boating writer member, his or her work, interests and concerns and suggestions to help them grow in a difficult media environment. Among the highlights:
· 65 percent members are freelancers who earn the majority of their income from magazines covering boats 80 feet or smaller.
· The things members want BWI to help them learn, in order of preference, are social networking and new technologies, copyright laws and legal issues, how to build a website, how to blog, how to sell magazine articles, and how to write for online publications.
· More than half of members have a website or blog — and nearly half don’t.
· More than half want online forums and ask that they be open only to BWI members (see item below on the establishment of the BWI LinkedIn site).
To see additional survey results, click here.(PDF)

Boating Writers International wrapped up a survey in early May that provides a sketch of the typical BWI member, his or her work, interests, concerns and suggestions to help members grow in a difficult media environment. Among the highlights:

  • 65 percent members are freelancers who earn the majority of their income from magazines covering boats 80 feet or smaller.
  • The things members want BWI to help them learn, in order of preference, are social networking and new technologies, copyright laws and legal issues, how to build a website, how to blog, how to sell magazine articles, and how to write for online publications.
  • More than half of members have a website or blog — and nearly half don’t.
  • More than half want online forums and ask that they be open only to BWI members (note that BWI now has a LinkedIn page, where members can communicate).

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