A media 'un-conference', called NewsTools2008: Journalism That Matters, is underway in Sunnyvale, California. Put on by Bill Densmore, who runs the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, NewsTools2008 intent is to gather journalists, web developers, entrepreneurs, academics and students to discuss technology’s disruption of journalism — and brainstorm on ways to use tools for good. Colleagues Ricardo Sandoval and Susan Ferriss are veteran reporters/documentary filmmakers and are part of the sophisticated and plugged-in mix; Feral Beast plans to glean some insights from them this afternoon.
Despite complaints that even in uber-Tech Sunnyvale, home of Yahoo, internet access from conference rooms is problematical. There's a live video link which helps.