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Principal convenor Minnesota Journalism Center Minnesota News Council


Program and Agenda

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 efforts — and structure — to share best practices are only just emerging.


The agenda will be a mix of practical workshops on specific best practices and open, circle-round discussions. There will be ample opportunity for networking, and for planning collaboration.


Wed., June 4

Including an brief conversation about "A Passion for Place," Concepts for the American Society of News and Community Forums (ASNCF).

Thurs., June 5


SKYPE CONCURRENT SESSIONS


  • 8 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. -- Continental breakfast and networking
  • 8:50 a.m. -- BRIEFING: Citizen Journalism at Univ. of Minn. -- Albert Tims
  • 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. -- OPENING TALK: "Setting the Civic Agenda" -- John Nichols
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. -- Morning check-in/agenda setting
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- First breakouts and roundtable discussions
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- Second breakouts and roundtable discussions
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -- Luncheon
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Third breakouts and roundtable discussions
  • 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -- Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. -- Reports from the sessions
  • 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. -- Next step breakout discussions / form ASNCF?
  • 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. -- Closing session
  • 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Break
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. -- Hor d'oeuvres reception
  • 6:30 p.m. - ???? -- Meetup with NCMR principals; entertainment

Fri., June 6 (optional taping session/Minnesota Public Radio)

  • 8:00 a.m. -- Bus departs from McNamara Center/Day's Inn to St. Paul studio's of Minnesota Public Radio
  • 8:30 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m. -- Videotaping of "The Passion of Place," a discussion about the motivation, passions, fears and successes of local online news/community entrepreneurs, facilitated and videotaped for public distribution. (Up to 20 attending local placebloggers/entrepreneurs invited to participate).
  • 10:45 a.m. -- Bus arrives back at McNamara/Day's Inn
  • 11:00 a.m. -- Conference ends