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Friday, May 05, 2006

Leadership Champlain

I got invited to be on a "New Media" panel next Tuesday. It's for Leadership Champlain, a training program run by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce. Participants in the 10-month course attend eight day-long seminars about various community issues and institutions. The one I'll be at is devoted to "The Media."

The day includes two panels. The morning "Traditional Media" event includes folks from WPTZ, WCAX, the Burlington Free Press and VPR. The afternoon "New Media" talk features former Dean staffer, adjunct UVM prof, and occasional Friday Coffeeblogger Zephyr Teachout, author and St. Mike's prof David Mindich  and someone named Kathy Resner (they mispelled my name on the agenda).

The letter I just got from Lisa Quinlan, acting Leadership Champlain ED, says, "Our objective is to understand the changing world of media as both a consumer and a community leader."

I haven't put together a list of things to tell these 40 folks yet. Anybody have any suggestions? What do you wish Vermont's community leaders knew about "the new media," whatever that is?  One thing I'll probably address is workplace blogging/Internet policies. Any books or resources I should suggest?

May 5, 2006 at 11:42 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


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Well, you might want to mention that new media smells pretty good. You may also want to touch on convergence and the changing laws surrounding it. That's the really big issue surrounding new media IMO.

BTW, I just looked at the "convergence" wikipedia page and found it completely lacking any mention of "convergence" in the telco sense! Somebody needs to update that puppy!

Posted by: Bill Simmon | May 5, 2006 2:23:11 PM

How about the fact that some of us rely ONLY on new media? Watching local news is painful (national news too). And I have to remind myself about the phone book -- my first instinct is to look everything up on the web.

Posted by: evening | May 5, 2006 2:53:20 PM

So, I want to go to that panel. When on Tuesday and where is it?

Posted by: Bill Simmon | May 5, 2006 4:08:52 PM

Not sure it's open to the public... uh, check with Lisa Quinlan at the Lake Champlain Chamber. I'll send you her email.

Posted by: cresmer | May 5, 2006 4:24:56 PM

Hi Cathy,
As a member of this years Leadership Champlain class I would like to thank you for your open thoughts about blogs and what they mean to all of us. I especially apprecieated your statement that more of the 40+ group should plug in and help forge the future of this emergining media. Thanks for coming today and sorry for the mispelled last name it happens to me all the time!

Posted by: Steve Loyer | May 9, 2006 5:37:52 PM

Hi, Cathy:

I, too, am a member of this year's Leadership Champlain class and will be the ED of LC after our graduation in June. I really enjoyed your ideas today and you definately got me interested in Blogs...this is the first time I've ever visited or posted on one! Thanks for the awareness and if anyone has questions on the Leadership Champlain program, feel free to contact me.

Thanks again (and sorry for the incorrect spelling of your name)!

Posted by: Cari Kelley | May 9, 2006 7:35:37 PM

Hi Steve and Cari! It's really no big deal about the misspelling. It happens to me all the time. I just thought it was funny, and indicative of how I'm pretty much an unknown character, not a real Vermont media personality like the folks on that traditional media panel.

Anyhow, welcome to the blogosphere.

And thanks for having me on the panel today. I really enjoyed talking with you all. Good luck with your program. Vermont could sure use a few more capable leaders.

Posted by: cresmer | May 9, 2006 8:12:38 PM

I realize your lecture was yesterday. This would have been a wonderful example of the new media:

This site, Drink-Soaked Trotskyike Popinjays, linked to this film, Art of Flight released on Google Video.

"The Art Of Flight is a guerrilla documentary that was shot illegally in Egypt on camcorders and a laptop."

I think it is amazing. A year ago, two years ago, access to this film would have been dependent on its release through independent film festivals. I certainly hope that there is a merger in that "mainstream media" will act as editor, perhaps provide financing, and help promote some of these independent ventures.

Posted by: Michelle | May 10, 2006 7:04:39 AM

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