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Are you a journalist or educator with a unique perspective on how journalism schools are meeting the challenge of the digital age? Then you may have already heard of Journalism Interactive 2011, a two-day conference hosted by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and sponsored by publisher SAGE/CQ Press.┬áThe conference takes place from October 28-29, 2011 at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center with a host of speakers, including Mashable’s Adam Ostrow, The Washington Post‘s Mark S. Luckie, and keynote talks from Warren Webster, Amy Webb, and Jeff Jarvis.

New speakers are being added on a regular basis, and the programming planning committee is looking for your ideas for the inaugural conference. The deadline for proposals is Friday, July 29, and selected proposals will receive free admission to the conference and free travel. If you have a topic on the intersection of technology and journalism education, digital strategy, or any cool tools and concepts to share to the Journalism Interactive audience, you are encouraged to submit a proposal. These proposals should include enough information to fill a 5-minute presentation. The proposals will be held in back-to-back “pitches” on the first day of the conference. This is a great opportunity for independent journalists to showcase their workflows using current digital tools, or for educators to display how they use modern technology in their classrooms for journalism education.

If you’re interested, visit the Journalism Interactive website and click on “Call for Proposals”. Follow along with Journalism Interactive 2011 on Facebook or Twitter. For questions, contact conference co-chairs Kalyani Chadha or Leslie Walker.