Apple’s Failure at Diversity

Selena Larsen, writing for ReadWrite, takes Apple to task for the lack of diversity in choosing speakers for their annual Worldwide Developers Conference, often the site of many hardware and software launches. Larsen identifies this failure as a larger issue, “It’s indicative of a much broader diversity problem within the technology industry—especially in roles that are highly technical, where—to put it plainly—women and minorities are vastly outnumbered by white males.”

It’s not a surprise that so many young girls express interest and talent in math and the sciences, but so few are pushed into these fields. Larsen takes issue with Apple specifically because “Apple clearly has both the resources and the cachet to attract them (women, and racial and ethnic minorities) as employees and speakers.” Read more here.

A Look at Google’s Activity Streams

File this under Did You Know – Google Drive is arguably one of the most often used collaborative writing and filesharing tools across fields, disciplines, and industries. In January, Google introduced activity streams, making it easier to for you to track changes among multiple users. And for you track changes lovers, a la Microsoft Word, this feature has also been added. Check out this helpful video from The Chromebook Guys to get more acquainted with activity streams.

Fiction Writing on Twitter

Have you heard of the storyella? What about twiterature? Been following #TwitterFiction? Or how about WRAC’s very own #endthisstory? Claire Armitstead, writing for The Guardian, asks “Has Twitter given birth to a new literary genre?” She notes that the key to successful Twitter fiction is connectivity; writers reaching to the past, to other users, then spreading their story out over a day, a week. My take on Armitstead’s question is not about a new genre, rather how does Twitter alter – remix, if you will – storytelling in general?

Thinking about Grad School

The Professional Writing student will have to endure a litany of questions throughout his or her college career: “What’s Professional Writing?”, “Is that, like, journalism?”, “So, are you trying to be an author?”. By the time you’re a senior, you will most likely have answered these questions ad nauseam, particularly the claim that your degree pertains to writing creative fiction novels; however, as the twilight of your college years inevitably approaches, an heretofore unasked question will certainly be queried: “Are you going to grad school?”

Continuing one’s education past the Bachelor threshold is a tumultuous and costly undertaking, but for some students, earning that Master’s degree allows one better opportunities which, conceivably, yield a higher salary. Yet, most people associate graduate school with technical, medical, and selective liberal arts disciplines. This leaves many publishing, technical writing, programming, and visual design students wondering whether or not furthering their education is advantageous to their career.

Rest easy, writers: plenty of graduate school options are available for the undertaking. Here is a list of schools that provide a graduate program for students interested in publishing, visual design, marketing, and other Professional Writing-esque skills. If you’re wondering whether or not continuing your education past the Bachelor degree, consult this list and research carefully.