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Let’s talk about YOUR conference

February 18, 2008

We’re already planning Capitolbeat 2008, our annual conference, and you can help.

(For those who don’t know already: Nov. 13-16 in Raleigh, NC.)
As I’ve written before, we’re hoping to get some input from our members about what exactly you’d like to learn and hear about. Members of the board and the conference committee think we have some good ideas, but we don’t know everything.

So let’s hear from you. There are really no limits to this discussion:

  • Do you have a keynote speaker in mind that you’d like to hear from. Personally, I’m a fan of a proposed Ron Paul – Dennis Kucinich super-panel, even though it would have little to do with statehouse reporting. Let’s hear your best ideas, even if they’re out there.
  • Is there some editing, writing or multimedia skill that you don’t have in your repertoire that you really want to learn? Let us know and we’ll try to find an expert on it.
  • Is there some subgroup that you would like to have a lounge session with this year? Lone gunman and editors are already slated for a little group therapy, who else should we get together?

Like I said, it’s your conference. If there’s something you’d like to see happen, let us know early enough and we’ll try to do it. Please join the discussion via the comments link or send me an e-mail.

–mark binker
News & Record / conference minion

P.S. If you want a more direct hand in helping to plan the conference, send me an e-mail and we’ll add you to our conference committee.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. tom lobianco permalink
    February 18, 2008 9:42 pm

    I’d like to learn better interviewing techniques. Not sure who could best address that, but I’ve always found that lacking in both j school and conferences.


  2. February 18, 2008 9:47 pm

    More on multimedia, please. Especially on using non-blog stuff, like facebook, twitter, etc.

  3. pete decoursey permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:07 am

    more on websites. I always have the sense that there are dozens of good ones I would read.

    maybe rather than a panel, get the membership to each name 5-10 sites they go to every day or 3 times a week, and compile a list and get a web expert to discuss how keep up with new and good websites.

    maybe a session on how to maximize the 2-3 questions you get at a press conference, and a session with a good interviewer like Richard ben chapman or paul taylor, etc.

    getting a national political reporter as keynote would be nice, or somebody like chuck todd at msnbc to talk about how math lies at teh heart of politics and so many issues that came up in the campaign and will surface in statehouses

  4. February 19, 2008 7:22 am

    Good suggestions all…keep them coming.

    Pete: I like your website suggestion and will put it on my list of pre-conference questions to ask. I’ll also try to get someone who’s little more tech-savvy than I to do a post on RSS feeds and monitoring websites, which might answer your question in part before the conference…but you still have to come, okay?

  5. February 19, 2008 2:15 pm

    In a private e-mail to me, someone has suggested a radio/broadcast lounge session.

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