I’m pleased to have been invited by the Society of Professional Journalists to speak at their upcoming Ethics in Cyberspace: How To Do Bloggin’ Right conference. The conference is happening April 30th at the Denver Press Club.
Cool bloggers who will be there include Rebecca Blood (author of The Weblog Handbook), Gil Asakawa, Chris Cobler, David Thomas, Erin Yoshimura and Ric Soulen. I’ll be on a general blogging panel and our topic of discussion is described thusly…
“The general panel will feature a general discussion about blogs and how each panelist has created them and maintains them. Panelists will talk about their blogs, motivations for creating them, the feedback they’ve received about them, and any practical tips they can offer prospective bloggers.”
The event costs $40 prior to April 25th, and $55 afterwards, including lunch. You can register to attend by e-mailing Boots Gifford at bgifford -at- bizjournals -dot- com or by calling 303-837-3525.
Want to learn more about the event? Well, unfortunately, the conference doesn’t have an informational Web page, let alone Weblog. For that matter, the Colorado Chapter of the SPJ doesn’t have a Web site either, something I found rather startling when I finished spending some time on Google.
I’m delighted to be involved with this conference, and am looking forward to both comparing notes with some of the best bloggers in the state of Colorado and talking about the ethics of blogging. A sneak preview: I don’t think that bloggers can enjoy the legal protection of journalists if they aren’t willing to also adopt the responsibilities and ethics of journalists too.
Finally, the obligatory commentary: I can only hope that the executives of the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are taking notes during the event and rethinking their own online presence. After all, it’s us bloggers, us “citizen journalists”, who are busy nipping at the heels of the mainstream media.