September 19, 2011

Italy and Emily Troutman

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Rather excited by the forthcoming trip to Italy and the European Wine Bloggers Conference. Heading down to Bresica by train, from London, which will be a nice overnight adventure in itself. While the conference itself will be fun, a chance to meetup with friends not seen since last years conference in Vienna, it is the vineyard trips that most excite.

Newly introduced this year are a couple of workshops on the Saturday; the one I’ve just signed up to is a photo session with Emily Troutman. The two hour session promises to explore the idea of photo essays and what it means to tell a story with images alone, with a walk through Bresica.

“Emily Troutman began her journalism career with her blog and a Twitter account, which parlayed new media into a successful career. With a yearlong stint in post-earthquake Haiti, her work has been featured by the United Nations,, Monocle Magazine and AOL News. This year she was a finalist for an Online Journalism Award.

Emily believes in telling meaningful, human stories through a fun, curious, heartfelt engagement with the world. Though she began as a writer, she eventually took up photography as a way to talk about things when words weren’t enough.

She studied public policy in graduate school and went on to learn Arabic, traveling in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. Emily spent three years in Istanbul, Turkey, where she published travel stories in publications like Time Out Magazine.

As a blogger-turned-mainstream-journalist, Emily understands the unique demands of both worlds: what it takes to grab readers’ attention, minimizing the time spent editing, and creating a photo product that appeals to the masses. She also understands that for blogs and bloggers, personal identity and a signature style can help you apart from the crowd, “Being true to your own vision of the world is important.”

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