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Posts published in “Day: May 4, 2009”

Digital Journalism Camp

This sounds like a highly useful idea:

A single-day conference, to held in Portland sometime in August, on the subject of how journalism can best be done in the coming digital age.

I want us to shut up about about the death of newspapers and start talking about how we, as journalists, are innovating right now — what’s working, what’s not, and how we can get better at what we do.

Here’s where you come in. What do you think the topics should be? What do you want to learn about? Who are innovators you want to learn from? What expertise can you share with others?

Here are some initial topics I’ve come up with:

Five things traditional journalists and bloggers can teach each other
Quick tips for producing audio and video for the web
Out of the newsroom: Success stories from non-traditional journalists
Turning data into graphics and maps
Hyper-local news: What works and what doesn’t
Learn how to share, a.k.a WTF is Creative Commons?
SEO for digital journalists

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The Great Nonini

We've heard a lot these last number of days about who's gotten crosswise with the Idaho House. It cuts both ways, of course, and you can see some reasons in this in an incident that turned up in Betsy Russell's/Spokesman-Review's blog this morning.

The chair of the House Education Committee, Representative Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, had proposed House Bill 373, changing several provisions in the law concerning teacher and school official pay (to generalize, reductions). The measure passed the House, 49-17, and went to the Senate. There, it died.

One reason is that when it came up for considering today at the Senate Education Committee hearing on his bill, Nonini wasn't there to discuss it. From Russell's blog:

“The chairman knew last Wednesday night I wasn’t coming,” Nonini told Eye on Boise. “The issues have all been discussed. … There was no reason for me to be there.” When told that committee members had questions for him, Nonini said, “Just to be critical and be smart-alecks - I’m not going to go over there and put up with that. I’m not going to put up with that crap.”

So much for collegiality.