June 4-5 Minneapolis -- Best Practices for Local Online News Entrepreneurs

Saturday is the deadline for a 20%-discounted registration to attend . . . any MGP/JTM alumn may register at the local placeblogger rate ($139) ***BUT ONLY UNTIL SUNDAY.

Register now for A PASSION FOR PLACE:
New Pamphleteers/New Reporters -- Convening Entrepreneurs
Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs
June 4-6, 2008 / Minneapolis, Minn.
JOIN THE NETWORK: http://jtm2008.ning.com/?xgi=6YNLL4g

Save 20% by registering before Sunday, May 11. Only $139.00 for two days, including meals.


***Stipends available***

Wed., June 4, 2008, 1 p.m. through
Thurs., June 5, 2008, 6:30 p.m. (dinner optional)


McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
200 Oak St., S.E.
Minneapolis MN 55455

Preceding the National Conference on Media Reform
Minneapolis, June 6-8, 2008 also in Minneapolis


A unique event designed to give local online news/community web entrepreneurs and activists a chance to share hands-on advice about best practices, hear research in the field, and get advice on advertising, legal and organizational issues.

You share a passion for place and you're taking that passion online. Please join with your colleagues around the United States as we gather on June 4-5 for one of the first convenings intended for operators of local onine news and community websites.

Share best practices . . . learn what hasn't work . . . and what does, at: "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters: Convening Entrepreneurs Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs."

DETAILS: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Jtm-mn-mgp-forum
DOWNLOADABLE FLYER: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/minnesota/flyer.pdf

Co-convenors and supporters include: Journalism That Matters collaborative, The Media Giraffe Project, the Blandin Foundation, The Center for Citizen Media at ASU, the Berkman Center and Citzen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School, Placeblogger.com, the Mott Foundation, the Minnesota Journalism Center, J-Lab at the University of Maryland, the Park Foundation and others.


We're all in the early stages of developing local online news communities that will become of lasting value. Knowing that it may cost a few hundred dollars for you to fly to Minneapolis, we are offering registration stipends and very inexpensive lodging once you get here.

You can stay in a University of Minnesota dormitory for $48 a night/single occupancy right near the the spectacular McNamara Alumni Center where we'll be meeting. Our attendance is limited to 100 people -- so you can be sure of plenty of time to engage with your fellow "placebloggers."

Learn from experts the business, marketing, legal, advertising, journalistic, technical and fund-raising skills needed to approach success -- in a participatory, roundtable event.

And -- we're going to take a straw vote about whether to start an "American Society of News & Community Forums" -- to help us build or partner with advertising, professional, journalism and business networks, develop practice recommendations, and help with staff/volunteer recruitment and recognition in our communities./p>


Register today. If you really can't afford the $139 registration (including meals!) for a day and a half of critical information sharing (and fun!), pay only $25 and request a stipend. We'll accommodate as many such requests as we can.

And don't wait to book your air travel -- the National Conference on Media Reform (http://www.freepress.net/conference) starts up on Friday, June 6 as we wrap up and it's filling up planes to Minneapolis.

But that also creates an excellent opportunity to attend two events on one trip -- a intimate, roundtable-format, nuts-and-bolts business/vision session followed by a multi-dimensional gathering of thousands of media reformers -- some of whom may be your potential supporters, bloggers, writers and contributors.

We have a combined registration ($270) if you want to stay through the weekend for both meetings in Minneapolis.

It all starts with registering:
REGISTER: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=tzfmb

Please do so today . . . or call me if you have questions. And even if you're unsure of coming yourself, please pass or post this email where it might reach another person with a "passion for place" and news. Reaching out to our new world is difficult -- you can help us by find the real contributors who can help us learn together.

Not wanting to miss this one opportunity to communicate, I've added more information below my sig. But it's duplicated on the website and in the PDF flyer.

"New Pamphleteers/New Reporters," is organized by the Journalism That Matters collaborative. (http://journalismthatmatters.wordpress.com/about/) I hope to see you in Minneapolis on June 4-5.




-- Share best practices for community, business and social success of rural and neighborhood web civic/news initiatives
-- Learn about available tools, networks, software and partnerships
-- Understand and build relationships with legacy media
-- Consider forming a national business/professional/advertising collaborative
-- Be part of the making of an inspirational video about online citizen journalism


Part pamphleteers, part reporters and part entrepreneurs, America's new online citizen journalists are inventing a new business and a new passion -- the business of building local, literate, digital domains on the web where community and commerce flourish. But efforts -- and structure -- to share best practices are only just emerging.

We're inviting some of the best examples of local online news operations run/owned by citizen/journalists for a sharing of best practices. This is less an event to show these folks to the outside world and more an internal, sleeves-rolled-up working session for them to learn practical things from each other -- almost continuing education. These citizen journalism and new media entrepreneurs from Minnesota and around the country will share successes and failures, and collaborate to take the next steps to ensure quality storytelling in service to democracy.

We'll serve as an incubator / think-and-do tank for those who are considering starting their own civic engagement / citizen journalism projects in urban/rural Minnesota and nationally.


-- Intimate, roundtable discussions about best business, reporting, community, people and legal practices and ethics.
-- Latest ideas on how to promote local, participatory democracy online
-- Advice on the future of placeblogging and local online services
-- Briefings on the latest technology tools
-- A workshop on cyberlaw -- including libel and defamation
-- Discussion about forming a co-operative national service organization for independently owned local placeblogs
-- Strategies for advertising and listing sales and network


Bill Densmore, director/editor
The Media Giraffe Project
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
413-577-4370 mediagiraffe@journ.umass.edu

Rachel Johnson, Events and Marketing Coordinator Minnesota Journalism Center
School of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Minnesota
111 Murphy Hall, 206 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
PH. 612-626-1723; FAX 612-626-7543