A Harvard conference on Blogging, Journalism and Credibility
brought together the biggest names from the mainstream media and the blog world
to hash out old media/new media concerns last month.
Meanwhile, the ranks of Triangle bloggers are growing by leaps and bounds. On Saturday, Feb. 12, ibiblio and the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the second annual Triangle Bloggers Conference. Organizer Anton Zuiker, a fellow in journalism and public health, says the list of participants is 82 and counting and represents a healthy mix from the Triangle and the Triad.
"Some blog about technology, others about music, others about family and kids; about a dozen are journalists or journalism educators," he says. "I'm striving for dialogue, and will moderate it like other bloggercons across the country that have been open forums, in which conversation and ideas flow one to the other. Our Triangle Bloggercon will give people a chance to meet face-to-face--that's the delicious irony of blogging and online communities," he adds. "We seem to jump at a chance to meet in the analog world."
Building community--both online and offline--is the theme of the conference. Zuiker hopes the Triangle will develop the kind of community that's been going strong in the Greensboro area. The conference is free and open to the public. It starts at 9 a.m. and officially ends at 12:30 p.m., though conversations are sure to follow at Franklin Street eateries.
Special guest Dan Gillmor, a blogger from the Bay Area who's become an evangelist for grassroots journalism, will also give a free public presentation on Monday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Carroll Hall at UNC-CH. Go to Zuiker's blog, http://mistersugar.com/, for conference info.
I am one of the 82, ...see ya all there on Saturday.