Journalism that Matters at the Poynter Institute

Next week, I'll be participating in and speaking at Journalism that Matters: Adapting Journalism to the New News Ecology, a conference organized by the Poynter Institute and Media Giraffe Project. It's the latest in a series of Journalism that Matters gatherings that bring together reporters, editors, publishers, and new media innovators in loosely structured un-conference formats focused on fostering deep conversations about the future of journalism. 

Here is the call to action from the folks at Poynter:

Poynter and JTM want you to help create, define and populate the next digital newsroom wherever it takes root. Come help us:

  • Give names and shape to new jobs -- community dialogue manager, multimedia storyteller, database investigate reporter, mobile content designer and more.
  • Understand how to master the new tools of the trade -- beat blogs, widgets, search engine optimization and social networks.
  • Define and refine the changing relationships among those who need the news, contribute to the news and rate the news.
  • Navigate the changing culture and language of news organizations with their increasing mix of digital natives and those with insitutional memory.
  • Appreciate the ripple effects of the changing news ecology on other sectors and what that means for getting news to those who need it.

You can view the agenda, in wiki format, here.

The conference will be in St. Petersburg, Florida (can you say spring training!) and runs from March 1-4, 2009.  I'll be discussing various topics related to citizen media and the law throughout the week.  On Monday at 1:00pm, I'll also be leading a live online chat entitled Legal Issues Facing Journalists in the Digital Age.  Feel free to join the chat and lob me softball questions. 

If you plan to be in the St. Petersburg area, please consider signing up for the conference.

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