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Announcing Digital Journalism Camp Portland, August 2009

05/04/2009

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It’s official: Sometime in mid August, Portland will be home to a one-day conference on digital journalism. What’s digital journalism? This is my definition: It’s where traditional print and broadcast journalism, blogging and web-based innovation meet. This is not some far-off future for the industry. It’s happening right now, all around us. And reporters, bloggers, editors, and broadcasters have a lot they can learn from each other.

I want us to shut up about about the death of newspapers and start talking about how we, as journalists, are innovating right now — what’s working, what’s not, and how we can get better at what we do.

Here’s where you come in. What do you think the topics should be? What do you want to learn about? Who are innovators you want to learn from? What expertise can you share with others?

Here are some initial topics I’ve come up with:

  • Five things traditional journalists and bloggers can teach each other
  • Quick tips for producing audio and video for the web
  • Out of the newsroom: Success stories from non-traditional journalists
  • Turning data into graphics and maps
  • Hyper-local news: What works and what doesn’t
  • Learn how to share, a.k.a WTF is Creative Commons?
  • SEO for digital journalists

So what’s missing? The clock is ticking. How can we make digital journalism better?

You can get involved by following @journopdx on Twitter. You can use the hashtag #journopdx when you tweet about the conference. You can also email me directly at abraham at abrahamhyatt dot com.

Photo by Cayusa.

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