There was a big turnout for Wordstock, the annual journalism conference held at Ryerson University's School of Journalism in Toronto this past weekend, an encouraging sign in troubled times. Attendees seemed about evenly split between working, full-time journalists, and freelancers, and students. After a morning keynote (which I was lucky enough to deliver) the day was divided into three sessions offering 5 different workshops in each - a pretty jam-packed day. In addition to the keynote, I ran sessions on Blogging (jointly with Spec city hall blogger, Nicole Macintyre) and internet tools.
I've already posted my slides from the bloggings session (which was, thanks to Nicole, an animated, thought provoking session) and today I'm putting my Top Ten Internet Tips for Journalists. If you'd like a simple list with live links, I've posted them here.
Presenters included people like Steve Buttry (former American Press Institute trainer and now the editor-in-chief at the Cedar Rapids Gazette), freelance writer Paul Lima, current and former colleagues Phil Andrews (Guelph Mercury - Small Markets) Thane Burnett (Toronto Sun - Short Features), Jon Wells (Hamilton Spectator - Novel Writing) and Kevin Scanlon (Toronto Star- Copy editing). And a big thanks to Bryan Cantley who retired from the Canadian Newspaper Association this past summer but has carried on organzing this monster.
I'll post slides from my keynote and an abbreviated version of my text a little later this week. Right now I have to get ready for two days of teaching I'm doing at the Western Producer, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.