It looks like we’ve got all the pieces for the ICONN Annual Conference in place again. After getting weathered-out in January, I’m hopeful that we’ll have some nice spring weather on March 24 and 25 here in Athens.

ICONNwebsitelogo 8So why should you come? Well, Athens is a great place in spring – especially if you’re coming from the north or midwest. We’ll be turning green all over the campus with pops of color here and there. Not to brag, but the University of Georgia campus is one of the nicest I’ve ever been on.

The schedule is below, and you can register online for the cheap price of $25 for professionals and academics and $15 for students. We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Georgia Center, which is right on campus and a (free) five minute bus ride from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where all the sessions will be. (When you call the hotel at 800-884-1381, make sure you give them this code: 72592 for the discounted rate.) Included in your fee is a Thursday evening banquet and lunch on Friday.

And, as we announced, you should stick around for an extra day to attend the Bluejeans Workshop on Saturday. If you’re going to come all this way, why not hang out a little longer and get more knowledge, right?


Thursday, March 24

    12:30-1:15 Registration

    1:30-2:00 Mark E. Johnson, University of Georgia: Fail Faster

    How do we learn to learn when everything we know changes so fast? A welcoming note followed by a charge to fail. Fast. And then move on to the next possible option.

    2:00-3:00 Victor Hernandez, CNN: Next Generation Journalism

    Where is online journalism going? What do we need to know?

    3:15-4:00 Steven Padgett, Troy University: Across Departments to a New Platform

    At Troy University, the Journalism Department is working with the Computer Science Department to build an iPhone App.

    4:15-5:00 Jim Stovall, University of Tennessee: Writing for the Web

    6:30 Joel Sucherman from NPR: The Argo Network

    Tying together the resources of the 12 largest NPR affiliates, this project is designed to strengthen the role public media plays in journalism. (This will be a banquet dinner at the Georgia Center.)

Friday, March 25

    8:15-9:00 Mark E. Johnson, University of Georgia: Multimedia on the Cheap

    You want to teach this stuff, you want to learn this stuff, but how do you get past the cost barrier? Can you do it with low-cost hardware? And can you do it without taking over your entire curriculum?

    9:00-9:45 Jim Stovall, University of Tennessee: JeffersonNet

    The new platform for developing online news sites using WordPress.

    10:00-10:45 Dean Littleton, WVLT-TV: Advertising and the Web

    11:00-11:45 Dave Tulis, Athens Banner-Herald: Multimedia – What Worked, What Didn’t in 2010

    Every wonder what multimedia pieces work and which don’t? A close look at one year’s worth of online efforts and reader responses to them.

    11:45-12:00 Krista Kapralos, UPIU – Mini-internships Around the World

    UPIU is the journalism training arm of United Press International, offering mini-internships for journalism students around the world. We offer hands-on, practical experience, a shot at a byline, and opportunities for students to work as paid freelancers for UPI.

    11:45-1:00 Lunch & Geek Out

    It’s campfire story time – we’re looking for six, five-minute presentations on some tool, technique or tip that helps you tell online stories. What do you know that we should know?

    1:00-2:00 Mark Schlabach, ESPN and Steve Klein, George Mason University: Sports Journalism

    Sports journalism has moved and morphed. It’s no longer enough to be a great writer or a great broadcaster or make a great connection with your audience. Now you need to do all of it. And faster.

Support for the ICONN Annual Conference is being provided by the James M. Cox Institute for Newspaper Management Studies and the Journalism Department of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Mark E. Johnson

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