NewsTools2008 to Bring Geeks and Journalists Together

    by JD Lasica
    February 11, 2008


    One truism that has remained constant over the years is that journalists and technologists rarely cohabit the same physical plane. Even when they cross each other’s path, they rarely speak each other’s language.

    And yet, any great leap forward in the new media space requires great technology. As much as journalists like to imagine that careful reporting, balanced writing and the oldtime verities of the craft are what matters most in the new digital world, upstart startups like Digg, TechCrunch and Facebook are proving otherwise.


    So it came as welcome news that MediaGiraffe’s Journalism That Matters project will be bringing tech types and journalists together in a small but significant “mashup” conference on the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., on April 30-May 3, 2008.

    When geeks join forces with journalists, good things can happen.

    Here are the details:


    NewsTools2008 is a flexible, three-day convening that will offer journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs and funders a chance to explore ideas, form partnerships, develop projects, outline systems and businesses for sustaining “journalism that matters.”

    Who should attend:

    • New Journalism Platform Entrepreneurs: Tool builders for journalists, citizens and communities to do journalism processes
    • The Tech Community: Programmers, user -experience experts, social-network innovators, web 2.0 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors
    • Media Reformers: Civic activists, alt-media practitioners, journalism reformers
    • “New Media Pioneers”: Heavy users of Web 2.0 for journalistic purposes, The “Pro-Am’s”, vloggers, news-blog writers, (+ more)
    • “Traditional” Journalists: editors, publishers, new-media managers
    • Local Online Entrepreneurs: Operators and planners of citizen-journalism initiatives serving communities.

    I’ll be there. The Journalism That Matters wiki is here. You can download the mashup handout here (PDF) (Spanish version here). Head here to register.

    Tagged: conferences geeks new media technologists

    2 responses to “NewsTools2008 to Bring Geeks and Journalists Together”

    1. I was in on early planning, but now I have to see if I can even make it out there.

      One of the goals is to provide the space for motivated attendants to start work on and even launch, right at the conference, a product or service (for profit or not) in the social news sphere.

      Even if this ambition isn’t evident in all NewsTools2008’s postings, feel free to start the pre-event plotting here at IdeaLab or on the program topics wiki.

      As for myself, I want democratically moderated content, and much more… a lot of which is already proposed there.

    2. Chris O'Brien says:

      I’ve also been involved in the planning and will be there (since it’s right in my backyard). This will be a great event for journalists. My experience at their previous event in D.C. last August was fantastic and I came away with some great insights and connections.

      For this event, we’re trying to get a balanced mix between technologists and journalists. So please spread the word to technology/engineering/VC types in your networks…

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