July 29, 2011

12 tips on how to approach bloggers

by David Spark

  On July 27 I attended and moderated a panel at the PR Summit in San Francisco. This blog post is a report being submitted for Intertainment Media, makers of the desktop communications and content app KNCTR and the real-time chat translation tool Ortsbo. Pestering bloggers. It’s a PR rep’s time-honored tradition. A client has something to announce or show … Continue reading

June 24, 2011

Journalism and the social media revolution

by JD Lasica

Jolie O’Dell of Mashable at “Journalism and Social Media.” Last night I attended a nice gathering at the San Jose Mercury News, organized by Social Media Club Silicon Valley, called “Journalism and Social Media.” The organizers put together a powerhouse panel made up of: • Kym McNicholas, anchor/reporter, Forbes Video Network. • Jolie O’Dell, reporter and editor, Mashable • Chris … Continue reading

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June 8, 2011

First Weekend Club: Supporting independent film

by JD Lasica

At Media That Matters, the extraordinary gathering of media activists and documentary filmmakers in Hollyhock on the remote British Columbia isle of Cortes Island last month, I spent some time with Anita Adams, founder and executive director of the First Weekend Club and one of the coolest people I’ve met this year. Watch, download or embed the video on Vimeo … Continue reading

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May 24, 2011

Highlights from Media That Matters 2011

by JD Lasica

Photo of a bald eagle I took on Friday while kayaking (copyright 2011 by JD Lasica) The most sublime media conference that you’ve never heard of takes place every spring in Hollyhock, a tiny town on the remote island of Cortes in British Columbia. Just getting to the place is a bit of an adventure. Last week was the 12th … Continue reading

April 7, 2011

Should journalism offer calls to action?

by JD Lasica

Frank Sesno of “Planet Forward.”   One approach: Newsrooms could attract a crowdsourced pool of community advisers At Sustainatopia — the Caribbean-flavored conference in Miami that brought social entrepreneurs, VCs, journalists, artisans, celebrities, media activists and a fair number of Miami’s beautiful people together for a celebration of sustainability — an interesting discussion broke out Tuesday on this question: Should … Continue reading

Category: JD Lasica, Media, New media
March 22, 2011

‘Curation Nation’ & ‘Mediactive’: A new era in media

by JD Lasica

What’s this? Even in an age of democratized media, where the barbarians have not only stormed the gates but made a nice bouillabaisse out of the media guardians formerly known as The Gatekeepers, there’s a need for curators? Well, yes. In fact, curators are needed now more than ever, Steve Rosenbaum argues in his fun, insightful, passionate and satisfying new book Curation Nation. Curators, you might say, are the distant cousins of gatekeepers. Continue reading

Category: Books, Media, New media