Okay not really, but if the expense account is big enough….

Last night while smashed up against the uber-fit writing crowd of Boulder, Colorado (read: I just ran a marathon and decided to swim a mile to cool down), I kept hearing the theme of online journalism popping up. Now I’m no newbie to technology, some have even gone as far to call me a geek, so the conversation was interesting to say the least. The main theme appeared to be the two worlds–print and online–are not colliding as nicely as everyone would like.

Everyone it seems has an opinion and some are less than flattering. Three weeks ago when Nick and Abha called out for new writers, I knew exactly what I wanted to bring to the table: A new writers perspective of the travel writing industry and how the web can increase our chances of landing an assignment.

Over the next few months I hope to further the conversation between editors, writers, freelancers and web producers regarding online content and how we can all become multimedia savvy. Future posts will include informational interviews with web editors, accomplished photographers, videographers and those trying to break into the industry. As well as useful advice on which digital camera to buy, what white balance is and how to edit a short video.

But most importantly the goal is to help Written Road readers expand their toolbox and land more assignments, which ultimately can mean a few more drinks at the bar.

Note: If you have an editor you would like to hear from, or a question about new media please feel free to comment or email me directly timshisler [at] gmail and I’ll do my best to address the issue.


  1. Welcome Tim.

    If you ever make it to Naples, we can help you stay off the wagon. Good vino can be found here to fit any expense account!

    I look forward to your upcoming posts.


  2. Hey Tim,

    As a frequent reader of Writtenroad, I was excited to find out you were one of the new writers! I’m Greg Bossie’s girlfriend and he keeps telling me about all the cool stuff you’ve been doing. I’m currently interning for Student Traveler Magazine in LA which seems to be quelling my need for nomadic activity. Maybe we’ll see you sometime in Boulder, we’ve been meaning to head out there. Congrats 🙂


  3. Tim-

    Until now I’ve been only an occasional reader of writtenroad, but I’m psyched to know that you’ll be addressing multimedia issues– an area I’m branching into and in which I’ve mainly been fumbling alone! I really look forward to checking in more frequently to read your entries.

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