HOW TO GET YOUR IDEA HEARD
One goal of NewsTools2008 is to give voice to innovative info-tech ideas
and projects which have the potential to change and sustain journalism and
participatory democracy. But we are challenged to avoid turning our time
together into a series of trade-show like presentations.
So, if you are part of a group with an idea that "wants to be heard," here are three options:
- 1) Go to the NewsTools2008 topics page and post a breakout topic proposal. Include your name and contact information. There is some optimum number of breakouts -- more than five or six and perhaps less than 20 -- that will lead to effective conversations during the time we have. In addition, there will likely be additional breakouts called by participants "on the fly" during the event itself. So give thought to trying to merge your idea into an already-proposed convening. That's why it's important to include your contact information -- so others can work to collaborate with you. A few weeks before April 30, NewsTools2008 organizers will look over the posted topics and make suggestions for themes and connections which might lead to merging some breakouts.
- 2) Go to the NewsTools2008 JournTech Expo page (THIS PAGE!), and post a request to establish a "JournTech Expo" booth for Saturday morning, May 3. This will be your pre-assigned "street corner" within our meeting venue where for a period of a couple of hours you can present your idea or meet with interested NewsTools2008 participants. Because space is limited, we're asking the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to help "jury" requests for a booth. As a fund-raiser for SPJ, there will be a small charge, payble to SPJ.
- 3) Email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for some advice about what to do. We'd like to learn about your idea.
(Requests will be reviewed after March 15)