For folks who didn’t get a chance to take part in The Montana Watchdog blogger conference, Phil Drake has highlights here.
Plus, The Helena Independent Record provided coverage of the event. Here’s an excerpt quoting Frank Keegan with the Franklin Center:
Keegan said, bloggers should attach their name to the things they write.
“That’s the key to credibility,” he said.
He noted that though the popular Montana Cowgirl blog is “pretty sparky,” editors like himself would never consider using any information from the site because its author is anonymous.
Allright folks- I need your thoughts. How are blogs impacting Montana’s political environment? How would you gauge the influence of blogs in Montana? Also- shoot any other general thoughts you may have on Montana blogs to my e-mail address: email@example.com
Thanks, and I hope to see you Saturday morning in Helena.
HELENA – Montana Watchdog invites all bloggers and the general public to a free event April 23 that focuses on online news and open government.
The nonpartisan event is an opportunity for discussion and mingling among bloggers from throughout the state. Lunch is included, but as seating is limited advance registration is required.
Featured speaker is Frank Keegan, national editor of the Franklin Center, a leading national non-profit journalism organization. Keegan will discuss citizen journalism, using freedom of information laws and budgets, pensions, and other information gold mines.
Also speaking is an official from Followthemoney.org, John Barrows, executive director of the Montana Newspaper Association and Aaron Flint, host of the statewide “Voices of Montana” radio show.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive in Helena.
For more information or to register, contact Michael Noyes at (406) 219-0510 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP by April 19.