A kvetch-free journalism conference
They said it couldn’t be done. But it was.
They said a conference about the future of journalism couldn’t take place without the usual kvetching about the golden, olden days, with publishers grieving shriveled margins and editors caviling about the bloggers challenging their previously unassailable wisdom.
But we did it. The two-day Media Technology Summit sponsored by the
Working closely with with Dean Neil Henry and Assistant Dean Gina Rieger, I helped organize the summit, which was sponsored by the Koret Foundation, Google and the McCormick Foundation.
The more than 100 participants at the meeting included a fleet of tweeters who provided a far richer record of the proceedings than could be attempted in any single post. So, I won’t try.
Thanks to Chuck Peters, play-by-play coverage of the first day of the meeting is organized here and the second day is embedded below. Thanks to Tara Hunt and the nearly two-dozen others who took turns along with her at the podium, copies of most presentations will be appearing here in the next few days.
How did we route around the journalistic Bermuda Triangle?
Maybe it was the feng shui of the Googleplex in Silicon Valley, where we met. “It’s so shiny here,” said one participant. “It makes you feel like nothing could be that bad.”
Maybe it was because an eclectic array of speakers from the worlds of media, technology and academe stressed the possibilities, instead of the challenges, of moving journalism into an era when it roams wider, digs deeper, reports better and is more intellectually, psychically and financially rewarding that it has been for several long years.
But it probably was because we learned about the power of human and computer networks to not just enlighten the public discourse but also to enliven commercial prospects for the news organizations smart, bold and nimble enough to leverage them.
Much experimentation lies ahead on the uncertain road to the future of journalism. And experimentation, by definition, is loaded with uncertainty and the prospect of failure.
But the road to wherever we are going will be a bit easier to travel, because this conference left the usual baggage behind.
Other views on the summit
Following are articles I have discovered about the conference. If you know of more, please let me know at alan [dot] mutter [at] broadbandxxi [dot] com.