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Next Social Hour: Feb. 22 – Why is community interaction our responsibility?


For February’s social hour we’ll be returning to The Canvas. Our topic: how and why we interact with our online audiences. A handful of community managers/social media coordinators from local news orgs will be on hand to describe their company policies. But how we interact with our communities is only part of the story. Why we do it is the bigger question.

“This is a question I still find challenging and in the morphing of old to new media, it seems that community managers are having to answer this more and more,” says Alexandra Manzano, social media and engagement coordinator at the Oregonian. “The framing of why we do this also helps me to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to be doing.”

Come join your fellow journalists for food, drinks and what’s sure to be a good conversation.

Visit Upcoming and RSVP

Date: Feb. 22, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
The Canvas Art Bar & BIstro
1800 NW Upshur Street, Portland

Photo credit: Creative Commons licensed, Rego –

Future of Mobile Social Hour Video, Slideshow


Here is (belatedly) video of last week’s event at The Canvas with Jason Grigsby, co-founder of Portland’s Cloud Four. ( I had to cut off the Q&A due to Vimeo’s file size limits.) I also included Jason’s slides from the evening. If you’re interested in the future of mobile and how it pertains to journalism they’re definitely worth a read.

Next Event – Journalism and the Future of Mobile with Jason Grigsby [UPDATE]


Update: New Location! We’re meeting at The Canvas at 1800 NW Upshur St. in Portland (Map). You can find The Canvas on Twitter @thecanvaspdx and on Facebook

There’s an aphorism that’s making the rounds these days in journalism circles that goes something like this: News organizations are treating mobile like they did print and the Web 10 years ago. In other words, they’re acting like mobile – with all its different facets – is just the Web on a smaller screen.

That may be an oversimplification, but it zeros in on a major problem: What the heck are we doing when it comes to smartphones, apps, different mobile operating systems, feature phones, tablets, and on and on? At the next Digital Journalism Social Hour, Portland’s Jason Grigsby is going to help us try and get a handle on that question.

Grigsby is part of the small but talent-rich mobile community in Portland’s tech scene. He helped design the user interface for The Wall Street Journal’s Blackberry app, and was one of the project leads for the famous Obama iPhone app. He’s the founder of Mobile Portland, a local mobile development user group, and the co-founder of Cloud Four, a small startup that’s focused on mobile and Web development.

Join your fellow journalists on Jan. 18 for what is sure to be a great conversation. Bring something to drink or just come and have a drink. See you then.

Visit Upcoming and let us know if you’re coming.

Date: Jan. 18, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo credit: Creative Commons licensed, Randy Stewart,

Social Hour follow-up: Links and resources


I wanted to follow up on last night’s event with a quick roundup of other discussions about collaboration. One of the things that I took away from the social hour was there are two types of collaboration with competitors (sharing tools and resources, and sharing content) and they should be approached very differently if you’re trying to implement them in a newsroom. The first example on the list below, “A Growing Inventory of Journalism Collaborations,” lays out some of the successes and failures of those kinds of cooperation.

Thank you to everyone who came and talked and listened — it was a great crowd and a lively debate. The next social hour will be in early January, and the topic will be about mobile. We’ll announce the date in the coming weeks.



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The return of Digital Journalism Social Hour: Nov. 16!


After a long hiatus, Digital Journalism Social Hour — the monthly meet-up where we discuss topics and projects that impact journalists in Oregon and Southwest Washington — is back, but this time with a new format.

Previously, each meet-up featured individual people who were breaking new ground. Now we’ll be focusing on a different set of innovators: ourselves. Instead of a speaker, we’ll dissect and analyze a single topic. Think of it as an extension of a Barcamp or unconference or any other recent local event where we’ve said to each other, “We should do this more often!”

This month’s topic is “Collaboration.” What does that mean to us as individual journalists, as competitors and as members of a larger community? Read more…

6 questions with Colin Fogarty


This evening, Colin Fogarty will be the featured presenter at the Digital Journalism/SPJ social hour. Fogarty is the editor of the Northwest News Network,  a 7-year-old public radio news cooperative that allows regional stations to share work. Earlier this week Libby Tucker, who is a reporter at The Columbian and a board member at the Oregon/Southwest Washington Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, interviewed Fogarty.

Newsrooms don’t usually cooperate, how does that work for you?

Most of our stations don’t really compete against each other with the major exception of KPLU nad KUOW in Seattle. We fit into the areas where they don’t compete. For example both have a strong interest in covering Olympia but neither has interest in sending anyone down. Traffic is pretty heavy and it’s just way more cost effective for them to share one so they share Austin Jenkins.

So all the stations pool their money to pay for the reporters?

Exactly. The feeling of people on this issue of competition has really changed over time. Generally it’s better for public radio to stick together and compete against other media than it is to compete against each other. The listener identifies with certin stations but it’s all one network, it’s all NPR.

What’s your plan for N3?

We have a plan for three more reporters and one more editor. The first is a state house bureau in Boise. There’s also a strong desire to hire a bilingual Latino affairs reporter, there just isn’t money to do it so I’m trying to find grant money to do that. We also have a proposal for a second Oregon bureau. We plan to do that between now and 2014. Read more…

Aaaaaaand, we’re back! Next Social Hour Feb. 18


Colin Fogarty, the editor of the Northwest News Network, will be the presenter at the next Digital Journalism/SPJ social hour. We’ll be meeting at a new location: Invasion Lounge on 4th and Stark in downtown Portland. Not only do we get our own room, we get a sound system, too.

Fogarty is a former OPB reporter who took the helm of NNN in September, 2008. NNN is the 7-year-old public radio news cooperative that allows regional stations to share work. It has four bureaus in three states, including statehouse bureaus in Olympia and Salem. But it doesn’t have any “employees”. This is how NNN describes it:

“Instead, each member of our staff is “hosted” by a member station. Technically, they are employees of those stations, which provide administrative assistance, paychecks and health coverage. In turn, N3 reimburses the stations for those costs. This structure saves N3 and its member stations the significant overhead costs of developing a business office, HR, IT support, engineering, etc. The host stations provide these services as part of their contribution to this joint effort.”

Come meet Fogarty as he talks about the different ways NNN is trying to change public radio news in the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
Invasion Cafe and Lounge
412 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Abraham Hyatt, Digital Journalism Portland
Libby Tucker, Society of Professional Journalists, The Columbian