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Principal convenor Minnesota Journalism Center Minnesota News Council

The Media Giraffe Project, The Journalism That Matters collaborative, the Minnesota Journalism Center and the Minnesota News Council, with support of the Blandin Foundation the Mott Foundation and the Park Foundation, present . . .


New Pamphleteers/New Reporters:
Convening Entrepreneurs Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs

The Journalism That Matters Minnesota gathering
June 4-6, 2008 / Minnesota Journalism Center at the Univ. of Minnesota

Fellow Placebloggers:

You share a passion for place and you're taking that passion online. Please join with your colleagues around the United States as we gather on June 4-6 for one of the first convenings intended for operators of local onine news and community websites.

Special rate for the owner of any website listed on Placeblogger.com -- Register for only $89.00 for two days, including meals -- a 60% discount off the public registration price. Rate good until Tuesday, May 20.

TO REGISTER: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=tzfmb Select the "Placeblogger" radio-button option for $89 rate


REGISTER NOW . . . . . . WHO'S COMING? . . . . . WHY NOW?

One of the first national gatherings for local, online citizen journalists and entrepreneurs, sometimes called "placebloggers." Designed for existing and prospective journalists and entrepreneurs. Including workshops on the legal, business, journalistic, marketing, advertising and social aspects of starting and running a local online news and commerce community. Timed and located to coincide with the National Conference on Media Reform.

Key objectives:

  • Share best practices for community, business and social success of rural and neighborhood web civic/news initiatives
  • Learn about available tools, networks, software and partnerships
  • Understand and build relationships with legacy media
  • Consider forming national business/professional/advertising collaborative

    WHY NOW?

    Part pamphleteers, part reporters and part entrepreneurs, America's new online citizen journalists are inventing a new business and a new passion -- the business of building local, literate, digital domains on the web where community and commerce flourish. But there been only infrequent efforts -- and little structure -- to share best practices.

    We invite you to join the Journalism That Matters collaborative, the Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota, the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts, the Minnesota News Council, MinnPost.com, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minnesota Public/American Public Radio, Placeblogger.com, the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School and the Center for Citizen Media at Arizona State University at this national "placebloggers" convention. Funding sponsors include The Blandin Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Park Foundation.


    We're inviting some of the best examples of local online news operations run/owned by citizen/journalists for a sharing of best practices. This is less an event to show these folks to the outside world and more an internal, sleeves-rolled-up working session for them to learn practical things from each other -- almost continuing education. These citizen journalism and new media entrepreneurs from Minnesota and around the country will share successes and failures, and collaborate to take the next steps to ensure quality storytelling in service to democracy.

    • We'll serve as an incubator / think-and-do tank for those who are considering starting their own civic engagement / citizen journalism projects in urban/rural Minnesota and nationally.

    • We'll use MinnPost, Public Insight Journalism, TC Daily Planet, [LocallyGrownNorthfield.org, Minnesota E-Democracy.org local issues forums, and other innovative Minnesota online journalism and community experiments and services as case studies, and ask their operators to share their solutions for sustaining growth.

    Who should attend

    Link to mini-bios of participants
  • Active citizen journalists and placebloggers sharing best practices.
  • Potential local website operators looking for advice and launch support
  • News professionals seeking citizen collaborators
  • Technologists with "open source" or low-cost tools to share

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    VENUE PHOTOS: The McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota

    What to expect

  • Intimate, roundtable discussions about best business, reporting, community, people and legal practices and ethics.
  • Latest ideas on how to promote local, participatory democracy online
  • Advice on the future of placeblogging and local online services
  • Briefings on the latest technology tools
  • A workshop on cyberlaw -- including libel and defamation
  • Discussion about forming a co-operative national service organization for independently owned local placeblogs
  • Strategies for advertising and listing sales and network

    Combined registration saves $70

    The early-bird registration fee of $139.00 for the event, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, June 4, all day Thurs., June 5 and the morning of Friday, June 6, includes dinners both evenings, continental breakfasts and lunch. Our event ends just before opening of the Fourth National Conference for Media Reform,(Fri.-Sun., June 6-8) at the Minnesota Convention Center. Through a special arrangement with Free Press, convenor of the NCMR, Journalism That Matters can offer combined registration in both events for $270 -- a savings of $70 off registering separately. To register once and attend both events, go to:


    • Event Name: New Pamphleteers/New Reporters: Convening entrepreneurs who combine journalism, democracy, place and blogs
    • Short Name: JTM-Minnesota: New Pamphleteers/New Reporters
    • Location: Minnesota Journalism Center / Univ. of Minnesota / McNamara Alumni Center
        Address: 200 Oak St., S.E.
        City, State, Zip: Minneapolis, MN, 55455


    Bill Densmore
    Journalism That Matters / The Media Giraffe Project
    108 Bartlett Hall / Univ. of Massachusetts
    Amherst MA 01003
    jtm@mediagiraffe.org / 413-458-8001

    Jen Keavy, Communications Manager
    Minnesota Journalism Center
    School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    University of Minnesota
    111 Murphy Hall, 206 Church St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    PH. 612-625-8095; FAX 612-626-7543