Tuesday, May 6, 2008

May 12, 2008- The Media Evolution Show with Bill Densmore, Michelle Ferrier, Kara Andrade, and Josh Wolf

Listen 8:00- 9:00 pm (PST) to the WeThePeopleRadioNetwork.com and to our guests- Bill Densmore and Michele Ferriere.

Listen 9:00- 10:00 pm (PST) to the WeThePeopleRadioNetwork.com and to our guests- Josh Wolf and Kara Andrade.

Our guests recently attended the NewsTools2008.org Conference- a conceptual mashup for journalists, technologists and entrepreneurs that took place April 30- May 2 (Link to a My Report on the NewsTools Conference for 9/11 Truth Activists) (And Josh Wolf's Live Blog Report on the NewsTools Conference

Bill Densmore is director/editor of the Media Giraffe Project at the Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the New England News Forum. The MGP, launched in March, 2005, is an effort to find and spotlight individuals making sustainable, innovative use of media (old and new) to foster participatory democracy and community. Holding a degree in environmental policy and communications, he is knowledgeable on Internet information technologies and business models. A career journalist, he has been an editor/writer for The Associated Press, for trade publications in business, law and insurance; and freelanced for general circulation dailies including the Boston Globe. He has written for ComputerWorld Magazine.

In 1993, after nine years owning and publishing weeklies in Berkshire County, Mass., Densmore formed what became Clickshare Service Corp., which provides user registration, authentication and transaction-handling for Internet web content sites (more about the concept). Densmore has also served as advertising director for a small, group-owned daily; and as an interim director of the not-for-profit Hancock Shaker Village. He has taught and lectured in journalism at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams, Mass., and is a director of the Action Coalition for Media Education.

Densmore Associates develops partner and other business strategies for independent media and print publishers, including newspapers and NewsTrust an initiative to create a consumer news-recommendation service. At the start of his career, Densmore worked briefly in public radio in Worcester, Mass., and Amherst, Mass.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is a digital content architect and a scholar-practitioner of digital media. She divides her life between developing and researching online communities and knowledge management. She is a 20-year veteran of both print and online content development.

She manages editorial, technical, design and marketing functions for MytopiaCafe.com and is a lifestyle columnist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. She is a former research associate in the digital media department at the University of Central Florida where she led the development of a digital media core curriculum for central Florida community colleges with a consortium of faculty partners.

Michelle also works as a consultant on online learning and knowledge management initiatives with higher education and corporate entities.

She is interested in the intersection of journalism, technologies, communities, art and advocacy. A prototype of her dissertation research can be found at www.digitalstoryquilt.com.

Kara Andrade graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism with a Master's in Journalism. She received her B.A. in Literature from New College of Florida and has six years of experience in nonprofit development, public health and community organizing. She has
worked as a staff writer, photojournalist and bilingual multimedia journalist for the Alameda Journal of the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune, Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, and many publications. Currently, she is the Online Strategist and News Editor for the Maynard Institute. Her specialities include online content and news production, Second Life event planning, community organizing, social networking and online strategy. Her blog is at kandrade.wordpress.com.

Joshua Wolf (born in 1982) is an American video blogger, freelance journalist, and filmmaker who was jailed by a Federal district court on August 1, 2006 for refusing to turn over a collection of videotapes he recorded during a July 2005 demonstration in San Francisco, California. Wolf served 226 days in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, California, longer than any other journalist in U.S. history has served for protecting source materials. With permission from the prosecution, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered Wolf's release on April 3, 2007.

On July 4, 2007, Wolf announced that he had filed a declaration of intent to run for mayor of San Francisco against incumbent Gavin Newsom. He has been a media activist for years and has just begun a new project. At the conference he was offered $500 towards his $1500 funding needs. He was amongst the most insightful, creative, technologically able, new media activists at the conference.

We will discuss insights, innovations, our experience, learnings from the dynamic recent conference, as well as political developments pertaining to the future of the Internet and democracy, the follow-up Journalism That Matters Conference- New Pamphleteers/New Reporters: Convening Entrepreneurs Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs, preceding the next big National Conference on Media Reform to take place in Minneapolis, June 6-8th.

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