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 you’re a storyteller (journalist, blogger, photographer, public relations, etc.) or developer (building apps, a whiz with open data, designing software, etc.) we want you at MediaCamp 2.
The first MediaCamp was an unconference – a day to talk about where journalism and storytelling was at and where it was going. This second go-round is all about finding new, efficient, cool, and better ways to tell stories. And developers are going to have some ideas on the tools available and the work needed to make some of that happen in our digital world.
So, whether you’re interested in learning about open data and how to stay relevant in the blogosphere or how your new app could help a newsroom and which media property could pay you for some developing, this should be a great day of ideas and new partnerships.