Saturday, April 07, 2007

Two New Media Pros in Lowell Conference

Working models for new media appeared in the first session at the New(s) England Revolution conference in Lowell. A biggy video blogger and a new-media-orients newspaper honcho left the traditional MSM in their coma.

Steve Garfield of many sites and talents was tehre as video blogger of RocketBoom. His proof was in hand, a pre-U.S. release Nokia phone with high-quality video camera built in. Of course, Steve shot himself, the other speaker, and those who asked questions.

His co-leader, Howard Owens is Gatehouse Media's director of digital publishing. Together, they represent well choreographed ends of new media, particularly video. They are different, but the same.

Howard is in the midst of leading a news-organization expansion into new media. His 78 dailies, over 250 weeklies and over 200 shoppers will all share in the effort and effect.

This includes going directly into the communities to solicit citizen input, particularly video. He was in New England among other reasons to distribute 117 video cameras to about half Gatehouse's reporters as another part of the drive.

He says the successful news organizations will be those that stop viewing what they do as publishing and think instead of being a platform. "I'm hoping to provide teh tools and the knowledge to provide the organic opportunity."

Next session...more on this one later.

Note: Cross-posted at Left Ahead!

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1 comment:

Steve Garfield said...

"Together, they represent well choreographed ends of new media, particularly video. They are different, but the same."

Nice quote.

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