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So what the heck happens next?

08/10/2009

Photo by Jeffrey Bunch

Photo by Jeffrey Bunch

We’ve read the follow-up blogs. We’ve watched the videos, and looked at the photos. And now comes the big question: What’s next for Digital Journalism Camp?

One week later, I’m still amazed at the hunger I saw that day. There was an incredible mix of people there: top editors from The Oregonian, bloggers, traditional journalists, entrepreneurs, developers, podcasters, digital journalists. You couldn’t have asked for a better mix of people to shape the future. And if there was one thing I heard over and over again at the end of the conference, it was this: “How do we keep the momentum going?”

Let’s start looking at possibilities.

  • Workshops: These would pick up where sessions at the conference left off. They would focus on specific topics and skill sets. What would you want to see in a workshop?
  • Another event: Are workshops too specific? A larger event could tackle a lot of the ideas and topics that didn’t get addressed on Aug. 1.
  • The revenue model session was so popular it went 30 minutes too long. What about having a half-day event that focuses only on revenue topics?
  • A hack day: There’s already talk about having an event that brings developers and journalists together to work on interesting projects. It sounds wonky but it could be a great learning experience for all skill levels. For instance we could have a concurrent workshop that teaches non-developer journalists a technical skill.

What else could we do? What should our priorities be? I know you’ve got good ideas. And the momentum has only just begun to build.

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4 Comments
  1. 08/10/2009 8:41 pm

    What about a regular monthly meeting (a la what user groups are doing) with a set day/time?

    This would be in place of workshops – you can set a specific theme each month, have a mailing list to keep everyone in the loop, etc.

  2. 08/11/2009 5:59 am

    I like the idea of a “hack day” or whatever other terminology you want to use to describe it. After all, Entrepreneur magazine just ranked us as one of the best place for starting a business, primarily because of our propensity to collaborate.

    If we can bring creative minds of all sorts together to brainstorm on ways to begin solving some of the problems/opportunities that were addressed at the camp, I think this would be the lasting legacy of the whole effort.

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