Before I hit the road back to Toronto today, I wanted to share a little link love from BarCamp News Innovation Philly.
The event drew more than 100 people from around Philadelphia, and as far away as Washington, DC, New York, and Sacramento, California. There were roughly 25 sessions with a keynote by Zach Seward, Outreach Editor for the Wall Street Journal. There’s a good summary of the event on Philly.com.
Here are some resources from the event:
Early in the morning, Bas Slabbers introduced me to the Eye-Fi mobile memory cards for direct uploading from digital cameras, and the Foto Moto service for selling, and right-management for, photos online. Both are great tips for freelance photographers.
That was followed by an impressively hands-on session with Snorre Wik of Al Jazeera English, where Snorre shared inside tips for shooting video with digital SLRs, fast lighting set-ups, and “on the go” audio recording techniques. You can see these techniques in action in Dying Inside: Elderly in prison. I’m curious to know if video journalists like Snorre are thinking about the future of news video, and cinema, as it collides with the Web?
Daniel “The Real-time Note Taker” Bachhuber posted notes on three sessions (almost before they finished) that I didn’t manage to get to: Creating thriving communities where your readers are happy, Advanced WordPress development, and Greg Linch’s idea for a Github for news.
I took some time to dig through the impressive Open Data Philly project (Yo! Toronto! Let’s get our act together), and I found some time to interview Carl Leiby about his free and open source Unscheduler software for BarCamp-style events.
Many thanks to Sean Blanda and the other folks at Technically Philly and Temple University for organizing a great event. Other cities that want to explore ‘news innovation’ should look at this event as a template for what to do.
As soon as I’m back at my desk, I’ll post a little video summary of the event. Stay tuned.