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We Media 2007: What’s a Journalist, Again?

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Lunchtime at We Media 2007

We’ve gone down to the We Media conference in Florida — not for the weather, but to see a bunch of New Yorkers we haven’t seen in New York recently. The AP’s Jim Kennedy stood up from the auditorium audience and asked folks talking on and with the first panel — about community, about how Big Media don’t get it, about who’s a journalist, anyway, what’s “citizen journalism” — and get on with deciding what we can actually DO about it all. “It’s late in the day,” he told us later. Amen.

One who does seem to be doing something is Lisa Stone, who proudly talked of how her BlogHer women’s network brings together women who are now not just media consumers, but also participants. And about a previous project she did in which lawyers blogged their cases, adding real knowledge to the world because journalists covering the stuff weren’t lawyers and don’t understand it as well.

We also ran into designer Roger Black, Reuters exec Chris Ahearn, New York-based vlogger “Happy Slip,” Lauren Cornell of NY arts org Rhizome, Jan Schafer of DC’s J-lab, Gloria Pan who’s still helping out the We Media folks (even though they’re no longer American Press Institute), Jody Brannon of MSN, Richard Prince of the WashPo and his own “Journal-isms” site on diversity, NPR’s Farai Chideya and a bunch of others.

[FULL DISCLOSURE: mediabistro.com is a media sponsor of the conference.]

More photos:


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The first panel, with Merrill Brown moderating while standing

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Mike Orren of hyperlocal Dallas site Pegasus News (The moment’s top headline: “Does porn count as economic development for Dallas?”)

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