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Conference Will Be Held in:

The Dominion South Room
Sheraton Centre Toronto
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9

Official Start of the Conference 12:30 p.m. (No lunch provided)

Registration 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m. Opening How Technology Is Changing Public Journalism

  • Welcome Conference Moderator — David Akin, Journalist and blogger, CTV News and Globe and Mail
  • Public Journalism Past Present Future — Lewis Friedland, Professor, University of Wisconsin
  • The New Technology — Shayne Bowman, Co-Author We Media
  • The Fusion of Public and Electronic Participatory Journalism — Leonard Witt, President, Public Journalism Network, Professor, Kennesaw State University

1:30 The Power of Participatory Journalism

  • The New Power of Citizens – Warren Kinsella – Toronto-based best selling author, lawyer, consultant and influential blogger.
  • What It Means to the Media – Jay Rosen, Chair, NYU Journalism Department

2:00 How Participatory Journalism Is Being Used Now

  • Electronically – Jan Schaffer, Director, J-Lab, leads the discussion with conversations from attendees who have tried various techniques.
  • Blogosphere – Jeff Jarvis, President, at Newhouse publications;
  • Face to Face – Neil Heinen, Editorial Director, WISC TV, CBS affiliate, Madison
  • Bringing Them Together – Using the Howard Dean Weblog/MeetUp model, and other innovative projects like OhMyNews, what are the possibilities for journalism – Interactive group discussion lead by David Akin, blogger and journalist at CTV and Globe and Mail.

3:00 How to Tap the Fusion Power for Print and Broadcast

  • Dan Gillmor, Mercury News Columnist, Author We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People
  • Shayne Bowman, Co-Author of White Papers We Media and Amazoning the News:
    • Show How to Build an Information Community
    • Plus illustrate and provide a list of take- home ideas you can use now

4:00 Roundtables: What’s the Take Home Lesson, Actions Steps for:

  • Larger Print Organizations – Chris Peck, Memphis Commercial Appeal; Dennis Foley, Orange County Register – Discussion Leaders
  • Broadcast Organizations – Michael Skoler, Managing Director of News, Minnesota Public Radio – Discussion Leader
  • Community Newspapers – Mary Lou Fulton, Publisher of The Northwest Voice, and New Product Development Manager, The Bakersfield Californian – Discussion Leader
  • Journalism/Media Studies Classrooms – Tom Warhover, University of Missouri and Andrea Frantz, Wilkes University, Discussion Leaders
  • Researchers – Sharon Iorio, Wichita State University – Discussion Leader
  • Bloggers, Citizen Journalist etc. – Warren Kinsella
  • Global Connections, Melinda Robins, Emerson College — Moderator (This table prepares for evening discussion)

5:00 Report Out from Roundtables

6:30 – 8:00 Dinner – And Plenary Discussion

The Global Possibilities — Public and Participatory Journalism

  • Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN Tokyo Bureau Chief, now Harvard Fellow

Summarizes what was heard at afternoon global table – then moderates a discussion with panelists and all participants

  • Chris Waddle, Anniston ( Ala. ) Star, On Making Local Global
  • Leonard Teel, Georgia State University , On Middle East Needs
  • Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder), Iranian blogger – Starting an Electronic Sounding Board for Iran
  • Rebecca MacKinnon – Opening Electronic Doors to North Korea
  • Terry Thielen– Civic Engagement Project and the News in Jamaica
  • Melinda Robins – Emerson College , Public Journalism Projects in Africa
  • Nikhil Moro — Kennesaw State University, former Indian journalist, On India Connections

8:00 — 8:30 Final Wrap-Up — What We Heard — Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis

8:45 Cocktail Social

10:00 Hospitality Room – Keeping the Discussion Going, Making Big Plans