Nexus 2007: Moderating that “Citizen Journalism” conference panel

Nexus 2007 Conference Flyer

I won’t complain about being busy, especially on the good kind of busy…

As some of you know by now, I’ll be at the Nexus 2007 conference moderating the panel entitled “Crowdsourcing the Media”. This is a grassroots-organized event which has done well in gaining the support of local government agencies as well as mainstream and new media corporations. Small-time players like myself get to mix with big boys like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and O’Reilly.

Who, What, When, Where?
It’s a one day conference, held on Sat, 24th March at the NTUC Center, 1 Marina Blvd, Singapore. Registration is $15 and includes two tea breaks and lunch. Here’s a detailed agenda for the conference. There is also a conference wiki where users get to decide how the discussions flow.

About “Crowdsourcing the Media”
Initially entitled “Citizen Journalism”, the panel I’m moderating didn’t quite capture the feel of what the discussion was going to be about, so I renamed it to “Crowdsourcing the Media”, which seemed more inline with the way local news agencies approach citizen journalism. It’s ironic, but more recently, Wired launched Assignment Zero, a pro-am citizen journalism service, where you’d see them using similar taglines.

The panel speakers will include Kathy Teo, Managing Director of CNET Networks (Asia Pacific), Jennifer Lewis, Editor of STOMP, and James Seng, Editor of Tomorrow.sg. With these three industrial speakers, I’ll delve into the emergent ecology of Citizen Journalists and the Mainstream Media (as seen here), share a recent snapshot on the state of Singapore’s user-generated content, and ask questions which have been contributed to our conference wiki (see Nexus Wikispaces: Crowdsourcing the Media). Please do share your questions, including usable thoughts on the wiki.

The Bottom-Up…
Organizer Ming Yeow (aka Steve of The Digital Movement) has been liaising with me, sharing ideas to make the event more blogger-oriented. While they’ll have prominent speakers from the media industry, they’ve been trying to rope in people like ourselves into picture. So what have we got in store?

Ming Yeow’s been a great guy to work with, so I’ve pulled in Second Life Singapore community leader, Alvin Loo, to help bring the event into what else but Second Life. I’d stay tuned to Alvin’s blog if anyone’s interested.

If you can’t make it via Second Life, there are going to be more ubiquitous conference backchannels for participants. On the plate are Twitter, Campfire and a Flickr photo feed which will be shown on dual-screen projectors and LCD panels scattered strategically throughout the venue. If you’ve been to the recent SXSW, it shouldn’t be too different. Here’s a demo (Twitter account required) and a screenshot of how the public interface looks like on the LCD panels. BTW, I didn’t see it published on the Nexus 2007 web site, but the official event tag is “nexus2007.

One more thing… Tagged Tables. During the break (or Chill Out sessions), Ming Yeow had a great idea of having eight clearly tagged tables during the breaks. There would be eight whiteboards at the registration area to allow people to tag topics they wish to discuss at the tables.

Three things before you go…
1. Register yourself
2. Peek at the agenda
3. Contribute to the wiki

Finally, remember to tag “nexus2007” to any flickr photos or blog posts you produce. Hope to see you there!

Update: Here’s a printable event flyer for you to takeaway…