Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Charlotte Observer is holding a "Hyper-local Publishing and Blogging 101" seminar this Saturday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the newspaper with support from a grant coordinated by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, the seminar will focus on the future of journalism and how mainstream newspapers can work with citizen-based websites and blogs.

Experts from local websites and blogs, and the Observer, will give tips and answer questions. The seminar will show attendees how to identify their audience, streamline their writing, and boost traffic to their site.

For whatever reason, the organizers think I know what I'm doing and asked me to be one of the speakers. I'm presenting in Session 2/Track 1, 11-11:45 a.m., "What’s news? Writing for the hyper-local reader." Serving on that panel with me are Liz Chandler, news editor for the Observer, and Jon McPherson from Uptown SAHDness on

Unfortunately, registration for the event has ended--looks like there are about 90 people who signed up (cost was only $10). I'll report back here after the event and share any tips I learned. I'll be attending at least a couple of the five other sessions being offered.


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