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Media Giraffe Summit: Meetings of collaborating groups

If your group has registered four or more members to attend the first Media Giraffe Project conference June 29-July 1, 2006 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, you may announce here plans for impromptu meetings or get-togethers before, during or after the general summit conference schedule.

Please make certain you provide your name, email address and a phone contact.

Jordan/Vermont students on digital storytelling

Rob Williams, manager of the conference media education track, is off to Jordan in April to work with 20 high-school students -- 10 Jordanians and 10 Vermonters, on media-education and digital storytelling/video projects. The 20 students will spend a day at the June 28-July 1 Media Giraffe Project summit conference to show their work and describe the cross-country student collaboration. The project is called MEDIA - "Media Education and Democracy In Action." Champlain College and Project Harmony are collaborators. It is funded in part by the U.S. State Department.

Citizen Filmmaking Workshop & Festival added by Aldon Hynes

Aldon Hynes has agreed to pull together a Thursday afternoon "Citizen Filmmaking Workshop & Festival" aimed at citizens and journalists who already have skills at videography but need help understanding how to edit and prepare digital for web uploading, streaming and downloading.

Stephen Silha developing "Media that Matters" seminar

Stephen Silha, co-director of the Media that Matters series, is working on plans for a Friday-Saturday break out for journalists who want to share concerns about the direction of the profession, what they think should be done, and what concrete actions can be taken collaboratively. More information about the session should be posted soon. Stephen Silha is a freelance writer, communications consultant, facilitator, and futurist. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor and The Minneapolis Star, he is president of the Washington News Council, a forum for media fairness.

"The Philadelphia Experiments: Live videoconference proposed

We're working on putting together a live videoconference for 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., June 29. It will link Media Giraffe summit participants in Amherst with citizens gathered at Drexel University in Philadelphia to talk about return of the city's dailies to private, local ownership and their ideas for "the next news organization."

New England political bloggers "meetup" Friday afternoon

Michael DeChiara of Shutsbury, Mass., is toying with the idea of helping to convene a meet-up of New England citizen political bloggers for Friday, June 30 from noon to 6 p.m. as part of the Media Giraffe Project summit conference. At $40, the session would include access to all the afternoon sessions, plus Christopher Lydon's discussion of the "New England Common" initiative -- and a free sundae as part of the mid-afternoon "ice-cream social."