Mark Luckie, the founder of 10000words.net and the national innovations editor for The Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker at Digital Journalism Camp on May 14. Here are five interviews with Luckie on everything from the future of journalism, to digital tools, to a personal account of what he’s learned from journalism. Have you RSVPd for the conference yet?
The Insiders: Mark Luckie on the Future of Journalism
Introducing Digital Journalism Camp’s keynote speaker: Mark Luckie of The Washington Post and 10,000 Words
Digital Journalism Camp is all about innovation and I’m excited to announce a keynote speaker who is the embodiment of that idea: Mark Luckie, founder of 10000words.net and the national innovations editor for The Washington Post.
Luckie is a multimedia journalist, an author and even an award-winning designer, but he’s probably best known for his blog, 10,000 Words. Since its launch in 2007, the site has become one of the top resources for journalists who are hungry for new tools and ideas.
In an interview with Idea Lab last year, Luckie described the concept his book, The Digital Journalist’s Handbook, was built on, but he could have just as easily been talking about the blog: “[T]here’s more to digital journalism than photos and video. There’s slideshows, databases, maps and more. […] Many professionals who teach online journalism use terms and examples that the beginning journalist isn’t familiar with. It’s all about making it as simple as possible.”
Over the years, that formula proved very successful – so much so that MediaBistro’s parent company, WebMediaBrands, bought 10,000 Words last October for an undisclosed price. Earlier that year, Luckie had made another big move: to the national desk at the The Washington Post. The Nieman Journalism Lab covered the hire. “Luckie,” wrote Megan Garber, “embodies the kind of learn-it-yourself/do-it-yourself ethos that is increasingly common — and even essential — in digital journalism: gather the tools you need, build a community, follow your own interests and passions and quirks.”
I can’t think of a better description of what’s going to take place at Digital Journalism Camp. In his role at WaPo, Luckie is developing a Web strategy for the national section. But his job isn’t just about finding what’s “cool.” In fact, the word “cool” isn’t a word Luckie likes to use. In his very first post on 10,000 Words on July 11, 2007, he wrote that, “A lot of conversations about new multimedia/interactive stories begin with the question ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if?'”
“Yes there are a lot of cool things that newspapers, radio and tv can incorporate into their online presence. But are they really useful? Personally, I’ve excised the word “cool” from my work-related lingo and replaced it with “innovative.” Users are better served when we can bring them new, creative, innovative ways of interactive storytelling that also advance the medium.”
Almost four years later, that still rings true. On May 14, come join Luckie and the Pacific Northwest’s journalism and tech communities as we continue to reshape the media business.
Digital Journalism Camp Portland is back! On May 14, 2011, journalists, bloggers, and members of the media and tech communities from across the Pacific Northwest will gather in downtown Portland to explore the future of online journalism.
Digital Journalism Camp is about learning from the people who are actively changing journalism right now. We’re going to have hands-on instruction in video, audio and online journalism tools. We’re going to learn from people who have created local online news startups, and from the people who have found solutions to the challenges you face, whether you’re a beat reporter or a publisher.
Do you want to help shape Digital Journalism Camp 2011? What do you think the topics should be? What do you want to learn about? Who are innovators you want to learn from?
In the coming weeks we’ll have more information on speakers and panelists, sessions and sponsors. In the meantime, here are the basic details: Digital Journalism Camp 2011, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 851 SW 6th Ave, Suite 1600 Portland. Contact: journopdx at gmail dot com.
Thank You Digital Journalism Camp 2011 Sponsors!
A huge thank you to the companies and organizations that have already stepped up as supporters. Is your company interested in being a sponsor? You can find more information here.
Earlier today I launched a new project: the Digital Journalism Portland Job Board. After the demise of Oregon Media Central, the journalism community hasn’t had a central place to look for jobs. What we need is something as focused as what Rick Turoczy has done at Silicon Florist for the software community.
The job board is a free service and will be updated several times a week. All postings are held for moderation and will appear on the site usually within an hour or two after submission. You can add a listing here.
What’s missing from the board? Let me know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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