OK, now that we have that out of the way, Jason Kristufek is calling for a “summit” of future-of-news hotshots/thinkers as a counterpoint to the recent American Press Institute mostly-executives meeting of the minds.
Sounds like a BarCamp to me. Like Jason, I’m not entirely sure we can wait six months until the API 50 meet again. [UPDATE: One CEO says the plan is to meet again much sooner than that.]
Here’s what I think should happen at this sort of gathering:
- Talk about what’s working in your organization, whether it’s a tool, a story form, or a way of getting reporters, editors, or ad salespeople to use new tools and story forms.
- Talk about what’s missing in your organization, what you need help with, what you wish were easier.
- Break into birds-of-a-feather groups based on those first two data points, where the haves help the have-nots.
- Ideally, build prototypes to show off back home. If what you need is a niche social network, you should walk away from this meeting with something to show off in a meeting when you get back to your newsroom. (Whether it’s a live, branded Ning site or a Drupal install on your laptop.)
- No panels, no keynotes, maybe some short, Pecha Kucha presentations to get through points 1. and 2.
But that’s just me; what do you think we could do if 50 of us got together for two days?