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SPEECH: Why I’ve Left TV News …For Now

I was invited to speak at Jeff Pulver’s #140Conf in New York today.  Jeff has done a very good job of galvanizing a community of interesting people. Not necessarily media types, not necessarily attention-seekers, just interesting people.  I had hoped this would resonate across disciplines. I believe it has.

You can watch it here:

Why I’ve Left TV News …For Now
Delivered June 16, 2011
92nd Street Y, New York City

It’s an effing cat in an effing tree!  I was a local TV reporter and that’s how I described on the phone to my wife the story I was assigned to cover.

And it wasn’t just an effing cat in a effing tree: it was a cat that had been in the tree and splashed on the front page of a major newspaper for three days.  Even after the cat came down and scampered away – because after all, that’s what cats do, it was still a story on the 5 o’clock news that night.

So yes, I guess I was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it.  That was my Howard Beale moment.

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Event: Social Learning Summit at AU this Weekend

If you’re in D.C. this weekend, I can think of few reasons not to attend the Social Learning Summit at American University. In fact, the organizers — all A.U. students, by the way — have pulled together 10 reasons why you have to be there.

I’ll add an 11th: Me.  I’m on a panel at 12 p.m. on Sunday about journalism in the social age. (Full schedule here.)  And it’s a helluva group assembled.

Here’s the event’s description:

This weekend conference, April 1-3, 2011, aims to bring together studentseducators, and professionals to learn from each other and with each other about what’s next in education. Topics will cover a wide range of issues at the intersection of educationinnovation, and social media, including what’s happening in classrooms now, what’s coming next, and what’s happening in fields such as advocacy, international affairs, politics, and more.

Now I just have to figure out what journalism in the social age looks like…