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Are bloggers members of the media? US District judge in Portland says no… but may have missed something

Now, I’m used to having the “journalist” vs “blogger” argument. I’m not a journalist. I’m a blogger. I’m not terribly objective. And a great deal of Silicon Florist is my hemming and hawing about all of the awesome things going on in Portland. I mean, let’s be honest. At best, Silicon Florist is like People magazine or TMZ.

But now the argument has taken a bit of different turn. Thanks to a ruling against a blogger in a US District Court. Right here in Portland, Oregon. Read More

Portland blogger extraordinaire Marshall Kirkpatrick promoted to co-editor of leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb

Okay, anyway. Secret one: Portland loves Marshall Kirkpatrick. Secret two: ReadWriteWeb one of the leading blogs in the world is a Portland blog.

I have two secrets to share that aren’t really secrets. But I’ll pretend they are. And you can pretend that you haven’t been paying attention… Wait a second. You have been paying attention, haven’t you?

Okay, anyway. Secret one: Portland loves Marshall Kirkpatrick. Secret two: ReadWriteWeb—one of the leading blogs in the world—is a Portland blog.

So what happens when ReadWriteWeb promotes Portland’s favorite blogging son to co-editor? We get happy, that’s what. Read More

End Bloglessness: Help would be Portland bloggers become bloggers

[HTML1]Lots of folks want to start a blog. And while it may be easy for you—in all of your geeky awesomeness—to set up a blog and start blogging, it’s not that easy for everyone.

That’s why the folks at Beer and Blog have created End Bloglessness, a regular event that helps would-be bloggers become bloggers by helping them set up their own blogs.

Want to help someone else get involved in blogging and stuff? Here’s your chance, Sunday October 4 from noon to five. Read More

Digital Journalism Camp: Reporters, bloggers, podcasters gather to explore the evolution of journalism

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 with Portland’s Digital Journalism Camp.

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

Oregon Media Central: Give us your blogs, your bloggers, your reporters yearning to blog free

Well, this week, OMC announced something that may just make me stop wearing black over OMI’s demise. You see, Oregon Media Central is going to start covering the blogging scene, too.

[HTML2]Not so long ago, I was in a bit of a funk about the demise of Oregon Media Insiders, which had been the go-to blog for all things media-related around these parts. It was a shame to see it go.

But, while I’m still sad that OMI is no more, I have to say that Oregon Media Central has done a fine job of stepping in to fill those very big shoes. And now, there’s something that makes me like Oregon Media Central event more.

And that is? Well, this week, OMC announced something that may just make me stop wearing black over OMI’s demise. You see, Oregon Media Central is going to start covering the blogging scene, too. Read More

BarCamp Portland: Proposed Adopt a Blogger/Adopt a Journalist session

Ooh. We’re getting close now. Just a few short days and we’ll be in the thick of the planning for BarCamp Portland—the unplanned unequaled unconference for discussing all things, tech or otherwise.

Even though the conference structure is deliberately unscheduled, it’s no secret that a lot of folks spend some time thinking up cool sessions that they can propose.

Which brings us to today’s post…

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Russell Shaw: A tribute to a Portland Blogger

Alex Williams has offered that the Portland Metblog meetup, this Wednesday at the Green Dragon, would be the perfect place to toast former Metblogger Russell Shaw, whom we lost, last weekend:

Bloggers, everyone – come on out Wed. night to the Metblog party at the Green Dragon and raise a pint with me to good ol’ Russell Shaw. I’ll be there to remember my good friend and Metblog colleague who passed away last weekend. Let’s share a laugh and a story about the hardest working blogger in the business. Russ and I both blogged for Metblog so it will be good to see some friends and familiar faces. Hope to see you there.

To RSVP, please visit the Portland Metblog meetup on Upcoming.

Russell Shaw, RIP

It is with a heavy heart that I report that well-known and beloved Portland tech blogger Russell Shaw has passed away.

Aaron Hockley, Alex Williams, and Portland Metblogs have written farewells to a man who truly was a professional blogger, in every sense of the word.

He will be missed.

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