Well, the old grandfather clock is back out, meaning only one thing: I'll be away from the computer for a few days. I'm heading out to be a panelist at Media Giraffe Project's Democracy & Independence: Sharing News and Politics in a Connected World conference at UMass-Amherst this weekend. The gathering brings together traditional media and citizen journalists (yikes! :o).
I'll be on the Why Citizen Journalism? panel:
This panel is a discussion and debate of the recent phenomenon of citizens as journalists. How and why did citizen journalism come about? Can citizens be journalists? What is the role of advocacy journalism? How does citizen journalism relate to professional media? What are the effects of citizen journalism on the civic arena? Can a lost dog be news ... and much more. Moderator: Tish Grier, editor, Corante Media Hub. Panel: Eesha Williams, author, Grassroots Journalism; Ilona Meagher, ePluribus media; Lisa Williams, H2OTown; Lise LePage, iBrattleboro; Paul Thomas, ePluribus Media
I've also been asked to sub on the Can old media be part of the new ecology? panel at the last minute. So, it will be a busy and informative time. I'll be back to reporting on combat PTSD in the early part of next week. Be safe, be well.