4 reasons to attend BarCamp NewsInnovation 2011

The folks at Technically Media have put together another impressive setup for BarCamp NewsInnovation 2011 which will be April 30 at Temple University in Philadelphia.

I’ll be there. And instead of doing the normal thing of saying how cool it is and how many interesting people will be there, I’ve decided to put together four reasons why journalists and news innovators from around the world should meet me there along with the more than 120 others already registered.

If you haven’t heard of it, this will be the third national BarCamp NewsInnovation. A few years back there were several regional one-day unconference events too. This one has stuck and become a yearly gathering of hundreds of journalism innovators.

Here are four reasons you should be there too.

To lead a session

I’ve led impromptu sessions at past barcamps and have actively participated in others but I’ve never planned a presenation. I don’t have a product or service to pitch but I have an idea that needs developed. I want feedback. I want to lead a discussion this time on community contributions.

Professional journalists are great, but they can’t be everywhere and they can’t cover or engage on every idea or issue. Question I want to develop answers on: How to recruit , how to use the stuff that is submit, how to give it value, how to build a product or brand solely using the community and how to change mindsets at traditional media companies so community contributors are more valued. I have some ideas to present but want more input.

This is just one idea but leading a presentation on any topic is going to be a valuable tool to build on others. Which leads me to my next point.

To collaborate

There has been no better collaboration opportunity for innovation in journalism the past few years than those with those that will be in the building at Temple on April 30. Smart and passionate people willing to engage around an idea will be just a conversation away.

Those people represent organizations such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, start-ups, small firms and more. Check out the list of people already registered. You’ll be impressed, but no need to be intimated. Everyone comes to participate and engage.

To have two-way conversation

I don’t know about you but I think I’m done attending conferences where one person speaks in front of a large group in a big room giving a PowerPoint presentation. It’s boring and often the most interesting thing is the free pen sitting on the table.

I’m not saying these types of conference are bad or don’t offer valuable information, but after attending several barcamps the conversation and engagement that happens in a small group setting where active participation is the norm, well, I’ll choose that every time.

Free beer

OK so this isn’t a given, but the odds are pretty good. The folks behind BarCamp NewsInnovation 2011 are seeking a sponsor for an after party event to serve . . . wait for it . . . free beer. Who doesn’t like that.

Still not convinced?

OK so four reason may not be good enough. Here is a video and some relevant links of what others have said about past BarCamp NewsInnovation events.

Ryan Sholin: Philadelphia and the pace of innovation

Christopher Wink: BarCamp NewsInnovation 2.0: My take aways and experience

Margarita Venegas: Finding inspiration at BCNIPhilly

2 thoughts on “4 reasons to attend BarCamp NewsInnovation 2011

  1. Will you do this session at Barcamp ICR? I think it’d be awesome. 🙂

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