Why: Storytellers can always use new tools, and there are plenty of great developers here in Edmonton to help launch apps for media organizations looking. Developers can meet with some storytellers and media folks who could be in the market for some apps, or some technological help, and a few tips on getting their story out there will likely be helpful.
Unwilling to change my Twitter name from @journalistjeff, I figured I best keep up on the journalism world, less the Twitter mob demand a name change for accuracy sake. So, I am happy to announce that you can now buy tickets to the 2nd MediaCamp Edmonton.
The first MediaCamp was an attempt to bring together journalists, bloggers (known as “storytellers” from here on out), coders, web-builders, app developers, and Internet-savvy folk (known as “developers” from here on out) in an unconference format. An unconference is where participants choose the session topics at the beginning of the day. It got some ideas flowing, some connections happening, and just scratched the surface of what was happening to news and information in our Internet age.
Using terms like storyteller and developer also allows us organizers to keep things a little broader. This day isn’t just for the busy newshounds in corporate newsrooms, it’s for bloggers, journalists, freelancers, and those working on any platform, of any scale, and audience size to tell stories. And developers aren’t just those deep-coding the most complex of websites or building the next million-downloaded app, it’s for those with tech know-how, eyes for design, zest for open source tools, and all things online.
That’s really what the new information world is about. People from all over, with varying interests and backgrounds, telling stories in new ways in all kinds of places.
If the police chief gets the numbers wrong that’s his problem. It’s repeating the wrong information that paints a false picture of Edmonton. It becomes the impression to citizens of our city and to everyone outside of Edmonton that sees the same story picked up by corporate newsrooms (CTV Edmonton’s story runs on CTV Regina, the Journal story goes into the Calgary Herald, etc.)