Next month, I will be attending "Create or Die 2," a three-day Journalism That Matters conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Designed as a platform for journalism-oriented entrepreneurs who want to "disrupt and diversify the media status quo," the conference is a mashup of journalists, entrepreneurs, programmers, bloggers, technologists, educators, developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, community activists and others. Create or Die 2 is the second act of Journalism That Matters’ successful "Create or Die" diversity-and-journalism sequence that began last summer at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Participants at Create or Die 2 will have the chance to practice pitches for entrepreneurial ideas in a lush summer venue steeped in history, near to both the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Raleigh-Durham. Project ideas developed during the first two days of the conference will be judged by a group scheduled to include "America's Youngest Media Mogul" Hezekiah Griggs III, founder of H360 Venture Capital, Roger A. Gafke of the Reynolds Journalism Institute and Jan Schaffer of J-Lab at American University. Foundation funders and content coaches will be present to give feedback on ideas and how to jump start them, and John Keefe, senior executive producer for news at public radio's WNYC in New York, will be on hand as a "conversation catalyst."
The Citizen Media Law Project is excited to participate in Create or Die 2 and to contribute its experience in connecting digital journalism ventures with legal resources and representation. I look forward to seeing you there!
Create or Die 2 will be held at the Elliott University Center at the University of North Carolina Greensboro's business school. Conference lodging includes dorm suite rooms ($68/night) on the UNC-Greensboro campus and the Marriott Downtown in Greensboro (at the Journalism That Matters rate of $99/night). Register here.