Last fall, some folks working in new media for NPR, PBS and CPB convened in Washington D.C. for the first PubCamp. Using the principals for structuring an unconference, the organizers let it ride with the warning, “If this sucks, it’s because you suck (laughter), but we know that’s not gonna happen.” And so sessions were proposed and new relationships were forged between people from different stations as they addressed the challenges of creating good digital media for public news organizations.
What journalists are realizing is that collaboration with those in the digital realm and with the online public is the key to survival. Maybe we always knew this, but didn’t have such a strong need to put it into practice before. Now we are seeing more conferences to introduce developers to producers (have you heard about Hacks/Hackers yet? Awesome!), editors to social media makers, videographers to reporters, etc.. The ability to create and post online has made the possibilities for partnerships endless.
A few of us in the conversations that have lived on since PubCamp DC have planned follow up camps in other regions. Ten stations were awarded scholarships to plan follow up camps across the country, but no, Boston isn’t one of the places.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t convene the incredible media makers in the region, from the news organizations as well as independents.
So we’re going to talk about it over beers this week. If you have any interest in participating or getting in on a real planning meeting (date tbd), then email me at annieshreff (at) gmail.
***UPDATE (August 3)***
Yes! Boston Pubcamp!
Some public media staff have met with interested independent and community newsmakers and have a plan for a local pubcamp. The planning committee includes folks from WGBH, WBUR, OpenMediaBoston.com, PRX and PEG access stations in Brookline and Cambridge.
On August 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., WGBH will play host to the first local PubMediaCamp in our area. Here is the link to register for your free tickets (lunch is also provided), and you can add your name, propose sessions or send us your comments on the wiki . See you there!