Saturday, February 12
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Murphey Hall 116
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
More info: http://mistersugar.com:2538/blogtogether/show/Triangle+Bloggers+Conference+2005
Agenda: There will be quite a lot to discuss, what with debates about blogger credibility (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/webcred/) experiments in citizen journalism (http://dangillmor.typepad.com/) developments in local blogrolls and so much more.
Sesssion 1: Building on your blog
Session 2: Blogrolls and aggregation
Session 3: Blogging for community
Triangle Bloggers Conference to gather area bloggers, journalists and activists to discuss community building, journalist Dan Gillmor to give public presentation on grassroots journalism
Chapel Hill, NC – Local writers, journalists, politicians and activists will gather at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Saturday, February 12th for the Triangle Bloggers Conference, a free public discussion of online communities and community building with weblogs. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Murphey Hall.
Weblogs are frequently updated websites written by individuals to express personal views, whether political, professional, religious or other. Popular weblogs build communities of readers, and weblogs are increasingly being used as tools for organizing physical communities.
"The Triangle Bloggers Conference will bring together North Carolina residents who are blogging about a host of topics, from babies to software to politics to schools, and we’ll explore ways that any person can use a weblog to bring people together to build communities," said Anton Zuiker, blogger and conference organizer.
California technology journalist and blogger Dan Gillmor will also attend the conference. Gillmor, author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, is working on a project to encourage and enable more citizen-based media. Gillmor will then give a free public presentation about grassroots media on Monday, February 14th at 3:30 in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"Dan Gillmor is a leading figure in the movement to empower individuals and communities to take a part in online publishing, and he’ll bring an important perspective to the conference," said Paul Jones, professor of information and library science at UNC-CH and a conference organizer. Gillmor’s visit to Chapel Hill is supported by ibiblio.org (http://ibiblio.org), the public’s library and digital archive site created by Jones.
North Carolina is already home to hundreds of bloggers and their weblogs. The conference is an opportunity for them to celebrate their efforts and discuss ways to encourage new bloggers to join the community. New projects in Greensboro and Orange County will be showcased to demonstrate how public communities can be grown through online tools.
The Triangle Bloggers Conference is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ibiblio.org (http://ibiblio.org) and mistersugar.com (http://mistersugar.com).
More information about the Triangle Bloggers Conference is available via http://mistersugar.com/triblogs.html, where a list of the conference participants includes links to their blogs; more information on Gillmor’s presentation is at http://www.ibiblio.org/adiu/gillmor/.
Triangle Bloggers Conference in the news: http://mistersugar.com:2538/blogtogether/show/PressMentions