Heading to the West Coast again

I’m going to be back in the San Francisco area next week for two or three days.

On Tuesday, May 22, I will be speaking at Berkeley for a Knight New Media/UC Berkeley conference. I normally speak at this event about once a year or so, but this will be my second time in just a few months!

My session will be from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the North Gate Library, located at the intersection of Hearst and Euclid Avenues on the northern edge of the UC Berkeley campus. (At my session back in March, I was there until after 11 p.m. I’m not leaving until we’re all done talking!)

Here is a link for directions to North Gate Hall, where the North Gate Library is located.

This session is free and open to the public, so I hope you’ll come! (Please contact me if you’re coming so that we can either meet before or after.)

I love speaking at this Knight New Media/UC Berkeley event and have done it for the last several years. The reason is simple: It’s all about helping news organizations embrace how the media world is changing.

It’s a weeklong training session for mid-career journalists that has tons and tons of bootcamp-like training, along with lots of cool speakers. It’s always been hard to get into the program, but I’m told it’s gotten especially competitive now.

Many traditional news organizations are finally waking up that they’ve got to start doing things differently and they don’t really know where to turn for training, so they’re pushing hard to get people from their companies into this program.

Here is a link to sessions that anyone can attend. You don’t even have to RSVP. Just show up.

If I can find the time, I know I’ll be trying to see Seth Gitner of Roanoke.com talk.

I’m a huge fan of the new-media team at The Roanoke Times, and that organization’s coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy was incredible on a ton of levels — especially its coverage during the first 24 hours. I have a feeling that Seth’s talk will be fascinating, and I hope I can swing by.


On Wednesday, May 23, I will be speaking at another event in the Bay area — actually, this one in San Francisco.

At 9 a.m. (damn, that’s early for me), I will be speaking at the Open Source Business Conference at the Palace Hotel.

This conference has a great lineup of speakers, including Matthew Szulik (chairman, CEO and president of Red Hat), Marten Mickos (CEO of MySQL), and open-source law genius Eben Moglen.


I can’t talk about where I’m going to be on Thursday, but I think it might be cool.

And as soon as I can talk about it, I will post something here.


As always, if you’d like to hang out while I’m in the Bay area, please just drop me a note!

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