You might remember a little thing called Digital Journalism Social Hour. It was a regular gathering that sprung out of the inaugural Digital Journalism Camp—an unconference for bloggers, podcasters, and traditional journalists—organized by Abraham Hyatt, former managing editor of Oregon Business Magazine and now production editor at ReadWriteWeb.
Now if I had to pick my favorite tech blog, it would have to be ReadWriteWeb. Not just because I used to work there. And not only because they’ve got some amazing talent on board. But because ReadWriteWeb is the most Portland-y tech blog around. What with Marshall Kirkpatrick, Frederic Lardinois, and Alex H. Williams.
And now, there’s another Portland type in the mix. Abraham Hyatt—known around these parts as a former managing editor at Oregon Business Magazine and the guy behind the Digital Journalism Portland camp and meetups—has joined the ReadWriteWeb team as the production editor. Read More
You’re hearing it more and more. There’s something special happening in Portland these days. There’s a groundswell, a number of things coming together, and just a general feeling of momentum around the reinvention of how we both produce and consume media.
To date, it’s been very much of a grassroots effort. Separate people doing their own thing. Or small groups of independent blogs, podcasts, and publications fighting the good fight.
I’ve said it once or twice, I’ll probably say it again a few more times: Portland is a pretty darn bloggy town. In fact, blogging is probably right up there with brewpubs and restaurants in the “per capita” standings.
But what happens when those blogs stop being personal pontifications and navel gazing and become something more? What happens when they move from the realm of online diary to online media outlet? When the writing becomes journalistic?
If you spend any time reading news online, you’ve no doubt encountered a wealth of discussion on the death of traditional print and broadcast media and how this rapidly accelerating demise is affecting the world of professional reporters. Sometimes it’s a “the time has come” discussion, sometimes it’s a “blogs are to blame” quip, sometimes it’s “Craigslist has undercut our cash cow.”
Whatever the case, all of these discussions tend to suffer a very similar problem: It’s rarely more than one faction discussing the issue. Rather, it tends to be each party yelling from his or her respective side of the fence.
What if we could get traditional reporters and bloggers—all journalists in their own right—in the same room to discuss the issue? Now, we can. On August 1, there’s Portland’s Digital Journalism Camp. Read More