No, I'm not leading up to rant, the time for that is passed, rather I'm going to invite bloggers, journalists - and everyone interested - to share in whatever competitive advantage I get from tapping into the social web
Better still, I've put together a seminar on using the social web for Saturday, together with a few other partners. The seminar is open to everyone (registration and program here, more background here, in Norwegian. This is a non-profit event, but we've had to take a small participation fee, 250 NOK to cover our costs. The fee includes lunch, coffee and, of course, wi-fi). Keynote speakers are:Colin Meek, who'll tell us how to 'Get the most out of web 2.0 and web 3.0 tools for in-depth and investigative research',
and Heidi Nordby Lunde (aka Vampus) who'll give us an insight into mainstream media's weird and wonderful attempts - some successful, some not - to enlist readers to help them report on events, under the banner "Citizen journalism is dead! Long live Citizen journalism!"
I'll kick off the seminar with a talk on how I benefit from using the social web, or "the virtual pub", as a journalist and blogger, giving an introduction to how the web's distributed conversations can be used for research purposes, to increase your audience and improve your reputation (yes, this is just to set the scene, an introduction to using the social web). However, we've also been so lucky as to get someone much more technically advanced than me to share of his expertise, namely Colin Meek, who's worked on investigative and in-depth research projects for over 15 years as a journalist and policy analyst
"Web 2.0 and web 3.0 resources shift internet research to another level. In many ways the future of the internet is through 'networking'and 'semantic' technology. Using web 2.0 and web 3.0 isn't just about getting better results more quickly. If you invest a little time you can harness these powerful new search tools to more accurately follow trends and key words, breaking news, and find new ways to monitor your beats through 'networks' of other users," Colin says.
Now, the Norwegians among you will probably know that Heidi, voted Norway's best political blogger for her personal blog, is the citizen journalism editor at ABC Nyheter, the first commercial news site in Norway to feature a mix of citizen- and traditional journalism. Her talk will look at how mainstream media's efforts to enlist readers and attract so-called user generated content really went.
We conclude the seminar with a debate on whether there are benefits to be had for mainstream media from engaging in conversations on platforms other than their own - such as on the sites of their competitors, on blogs or social networking sites - or if it's just a waste of journalists' precious time. Helge Ögrim, editor-in-chief of Journalisten.no, and blogger George Gooding kick off this debate with short intros, but we'll run this session more as an "un-conference" than a panel debate, as we expect a good mix of journalists, bloggers, editors, citizen-journalists, online developers etc with strong opinions in the audience.
Now, I say "Journalists ignore the social web at their peril" in the headline simply because, armed with a blog, someone who knows how to harness the social web can easily out compete journalists at their own game. I've optimistically hired a big venue, so I don't really think room will be an issue, but it would be great to know if you're planning to show up so we can order enough coffee, food etc. Time and place: Saturday 25/10, 10am to 4pm, Håndverkeren, Oslo, more info (in Norwegian) here.
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