Tish Grier of Assignment Zero and Lisa Williams of Placeblogger will co-host a meeting of the Berkman Blog Group on Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m., in Cambridge. The free public discussion is entitled: "Finding People, Finding Places: Crowdsourcing, Placeblogging, Ctizen Journalism." The location is The Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, part of Harvard Law School, at 23 Everett St. in Cambridge. Participants typically eat afterward at a local restaurant, which is Dutch Treat. 23 Everett St. is handicapped-accessible.
"We hope to gather the surprisingly large number of people doing online community/citizen journalism projects in the Boston area, projects that originate from both web startups and traditional media companies," says Williams.
Grier will talk about lessons learned from crowdsourcing experiment Assignment Zero, the first large-scale crowdsourced journalism project for Wired.com. Tish served as Assignment Zero's deputy director of participation (officially) online referee, uber-blogger, and last-minute editor (unofficially). Williams, founder of Placeblogger, will talk about what drives people to annotate the planet, or keep a placeblog going, even (especially) when they're not being paid. Do these dogged types share the same do-good values that animate the best of journalism, or are they a different breed entirely? Does the addition of "where" to Google's "what" mean that our online time will help connect us to our RL communities in a way that's less boring?
Can't get there? Remote participants can join in via the meeting's IRC channel. See details here: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggroup/thursday-irc-channel-information/
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