Archive for November, 2009

Local takes center stage at news forum

Local news, advertising and commerce took center stage at the MIT Enterprise Forum dinner last night in Bellevue. While it was one of many subjects discussed, local (and “hyperlocal” and “microlocal”) strategies and opportunities were given the most attention by the speakers at a dinner called “Breaking News: How will the pieces be put back […]

GonzoCamp is different because ideas get done

It’s hard to pinpoint the single best thing about GonzoCamp. It can be watching journalists learn from programmers how to define a problem and find the right approach toward solutions. Or the way students bring fresh perspectives and are enamored with working side-by-side with professionals to build something that’s real. Or the suspense that builds […]

GonzoCamp II: Fresh ideas, new approaches to news in the digital age

The second GonzoCamp is over and produced a bevy of on new and interesting ideas for the future of journalism and news in the digital age. I’ll post a complete report on Monday after I receive group reports on from the 5 teams that participated. The (four-hour!) after-party spurred allowed the innovation/conversation to continue, thanks […]

Mobile and paywalls not alone

The second GonzoCamp is under way at the Seattle P-I building. There are 5 teams working to develop prototypes or fully baked ideas to present by the end of the day. Predictably, mobile and paywalls earned some focus, as 2 of the 5 teams are taking specific ideas related to those topics. But there were […]

GonzoCamp: Tomorrow happens here

Yes, I stole that slogan from SXSW Interactive, but it definitely fits tomorrow’s GonzoCamp event that I’m very much looking forward to. (Speaking of”South-by,” I’m also excited to be presenting at the 2010 SXSW Interctive Conference about my new book. Hope to see you there.) The official slogan for GonzoCamp is “Programming the Future of […]

Mediactive: Dan Gillmor’s ambitious project

Dan Gillmor is at it again. He started the first blog for a mainstream news organization when he was a technology and business columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Then he wrote  We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People in 2004, an important book that remains relevant today. His work […]

Defining what’s good in digital journalism

Now that (most) journalists are working in digital – using audio, video, social media, blogs and databases in their reporting – how do we define whether any of it is good or not? It’s a tough question, and one that I’ve tackled a couple of times recently at workshops and conferences, most recently at the […]

Notes from ‘The Big Picture’ session at National College Media Conference

Natalie Weinstein, a reporter at CNet News, and Jon Lebkowsky, a social media strategist, joined me to discuss “The Big Picture” at the National College Media Conference in Austin last week. Our mission was to help those who attended the session “understand the latest developments in the digital transformation of journalism, and how the news […]