Monday, August 30, 2010

A blog for a science-writing panel?

Along with Joe Bonner, I've been organizing a panel on "Experiments in New Media: Beautiful Failures and Startling Successes" for the upcoming National Association of Science Writers annual workshops -- and we've organized a blog to go with the panel. 

Proof that tablet computing began very early?
We've got a great lineup of speakers, including Danielle Brigida, digital marketing manager for the National Wildlife Federation; Steve Buttry, community manager for the newly launched; Mark Coatney, who recently left Newsweek for Tumblr, the blogging site that just passed one billion posts; and Mike Spear, who directs corporate communications for Genome Alberta, which started a GenOmics community on Facebook.

Why a blog for a panel? I've been wanting to experiment with such a blog since writing How to: Panel discussions in the age of Twitter  for The Eloquent Woman blog.  In this case, the blog is both an appropriate outgrowth of the topic of new media, and it solves an old-school problem: The panel came together after the printed program went to press, so some of our speakers won't be listed there. But there are lots of reasons to create a blog for a panel, including allowing audience members to ask questions in advance, creating a permanent set of links to speaker resources, and letting the audience arrive at the session with some background.  We're in process getting background information posted, and welcome questions and insights.

Check out don't get caught on Facebook, where I'm floating ideas and discussing them before they appear on the blog.  It's shaping up as a great networking community for communicators.

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