Audrey Spalding
The Show-Me Institute will be hosting a blogosphere event on Nov. 21 for established bloggers, as well as new and prospective bloggers. There will be training, panel discussions, and a panel presentation from the the Motorhome Diaries folks! It's free, and will be a lot of fun. If you're interested, check out the flyer posted below.

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from throughout the state, and across the country.

As more cuts are made at mainstream news media outlets, there are fewer reporters keeping tabs on what local and state government officials are doing. Increasingly, bloggers have stepped up to break stories, or call attention to issues that are being ignored. The Show-Me Institute is hosting its first blogosphere event to help train and support both Missouri bloggers who are working to help keep government transparent, and citizens who want to learn how.

Presenters include Saint Louis’ most prominent bloggers and social media practitioners, Saint Louis media, and an editor of the award-winning

On Saturday, there will be training sessions in investigative reporting, social media, blogging, videography, and documentary-style reporting. Panelists will hold discussions about the tradeoff between immediacy and accuracy, how to effectively use social media, and the future of traditional and online media.

What: The Show-Me Institute’s first blogosphere event
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009
When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Location: Sheraton Hotel, 7730 Bonhomme Ave. Clayton, MO 63105

Complimentary breakfast and box lunch provided, complimentary parking. Please RSVP.

The goal of the Show-Me Institute’s blogosphere event is to empower any person interested in advancing government transparency through factual reporting. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending.

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with Twitter: tweet a reply to @MOPolicyPulse
by Phone: contact Jason Hannasch at (314) 726-5655

The Show-Me Institute (SMI) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank that addresses major public policy issues facing Missouri from a free-market perspective. We publish scholarly research on the potential for applying free-market principles to six areas of public policy: taxes, education, health care, red tape, privatization, and corporate welfare.

Draft Agenda
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Complimentary with RSVP
8:55 Welcome
9:00-10:00 Session I
Investigative Journalism

  • Where to find information

  • Legal pitfalls to look out for

10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Session II
Social Media: Promoting Your Interests
News websites
Personal branding

  • Opinion vs. fact

  • How much personal stuff to include?

  • Immediate vs. accuracy

  • Verification

11:00-11:55 Session III
A Tour of the Missouri Blogosphere: Left, Right, News, and More

  • Focus of each blog

  • How long up and what inspired it?

  • Any problems?

  • Successes?

12:00-1:00 Lunch
Where Media Is Going, and How It’s Getting There

  • Importance of content

  • Video vs. audio vs. text?

  • How to work with traditional and new media?

1:00-1:45 Videography

  • Tips on getting the shot

  • Audio challenges

  • Live streaming

1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Session:
Case Study, New Media in Action: Go There Yourself

  • Interviews and documentary-style reporting

  • The importance of keeping the camera rolling

  • Social networking: What your network can do for you

3:00-4:00 Networking: Meet your favorite bloggers!

About the Author

Audrey Spalding