Blogs from the We Media Conference

We Media Forum: “online communities are real”
by John Burke
The Editors Weblog

The purpose of Community Forum was to discuss “How communities real and virtual are changing through media,” and asked “What are the new ways for people to use information, news and journalism to imaging their collective possibilities as communities, and to set and reach common community goals?” —>

A Summary of Citizen Media: Fad or the Future of News?
by Jodie Hopperton
The Editors Weblog

Citizen journalism media and local news websites offering user-generated content influence their communities and are here to stay, according to a report released by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. Traditional Media companies are coming up against these citizen journalism sites so it’s imperative to understand how to set them up, the secrets to success and how they can work hand in hand with newspapers. Following the popularity yesterday of the news article on this research, Editors Weblog has summed up the main elements of the survey. —>

We Media Miami Session on Internet & Community
by Alice Eddy

The first session here at WeMedia tried to address “How communities real and virtual are changing through media. ” Here is what the panelists had to say. —>

We Media and “Soft Power”
Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth

The late afternoon session at We Media today focused on “soft power” – how the Internet and online tools have empowered people in ways that weren’t possible when traditional forms of power – money, infrastructure, etc – are scarce and concentrated. The panel, moderated by Chris Nolan, including Jay Rosen of PressThink, David Sasaki of Global Voices, and Val Prieto of BabaluBlog, among others. I took notes for most of the panel; again, please note that these aren’t verbatim quotes. -andy —>

Traditional Media, Do You Know the Names of Your Readers/Viewers?
by Josh Hallett

I wrote a few things about the WeMedia conference yesterday. Pondering them a bit more during my drive from Miami I wanted to post a follow-up. During the opening session on community there was a bit of soul-searching on the part of the traditional media. They know that the future for them is ‘local’ and ‘community’ and ‘conversation’ but do they really know how to do that?

When I deal with any media client that wants to ’embrace’ social media and become more community oriented I always ask the same thing, “Do you know the names of your readers?” I know the answer to this before I ask it, but it’s more of an exercise. Compare this to many individuals that run hyperlocal blogs, they know the names of their readers. They have a community. —>


compiled by
Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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