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Yes, it’s viral. Anna Tauzin, a recent TX State graduate, is now attending American University in their grad program. I got to hang out with her, share a cocktail (or two), while I was in DC for the Online News Association conference. She was kind enough to let me video tape her and gave lots of good advice and info about the future of news. Thanks Anna, I’m proud of what you’re doing. I will be following your career with great interest!
So, since I had a day to kill before I could get back to Texas, I used it wisely and went to the Newseum, a museum all about journalism and news. It opened in April 2008 at its current location, near the Smithsonian site, at Pennsylvania and 6th St. NW. It’s a must-see for any Journalism student or news junkie (I even got a “news junkie” t-shirt there). They have some incredible artifacts, from pieces of the Berlin Wall to the antennae from the north tower of the World Trade Center. The Pulitzer Gallery is very moving, really shows the power of images to evoke emotion. It has a very good documentary of Pulitzer photographers talking about their work.
The convergence area was very good. They had several screens that visitors could view different short movies about current topics like blogs, user-generated content, and mobile gadgets. I was glad to see many of the watersheds that I discuss as landmarks in the online world were well represented, things like the role of bloggers in the Rathergate scandal, the cell phone video we all saw of the Virginia Tech shootings, the importance of YouTube illustrated via the Macaca tape shot of VA senator George Allen, the Drudge report’s implications, and even Twitter.
The visit made me very proud to be involved with media and helping to train future multimedia and interactive journalists.
I had a great time at ONA. It is much more upbeat and progressive than other journalism conferences, although there was still the element of those who want to question all things new, without even trying. The lineup was stellar. Highlights were the Scoble talk. I love the way he expresses his enthusiasm, how he was a “nobody,” but this technology allows him to be somebody, talking about important things, and engaging folks. And, it’s even ok that I don’t agree with his politics. If you aren’t already, you should follow him on Twitter @scobleizer and read his scobleizer.com blog. Tina Brown was fine, but skews a bit “old media.” I have a great deal of respect for her, though, and she certainly has had a celebrated career. The panels were right now, good practical skills and examples from NY Times, Las Vegas Sun, MSNBC, all the ones doing cool things online. And, the skills sessions were good, too. The Ruby on Rails class was excellent, learned a lot over the 8 hours. The Facebook app session could have done a bit more in terms of developing a real app, even a rudimentary one. And, the one on turning a spreadsheet into an online app was also good. I’ll definitely be using that one. Lots about data and interactives to tell stories, and that is definitely up my alley.
And, the networking was in full schmooze. I will definitely be making this an annual entry on my conference calendar.
Front pages of that day line the wall behind