By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
On Nov. 11, I had the honor of representing the Digital Journalism Task Force at the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneurs 2010 Summit in Washington, D.C. NMWE was created to address opportunity and innovation, recruitment and retention for women in journalism by spotlighting their ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities. Under the auspices of American University’s J-Lab, it helps fund pilot projects that will show what can be done. Two NABJ members won grants from the program in 2010, and they were featured speakers at this year’s conference.
Dr. Michelle Ferrier opened the conference with a presentation about her grant winner, LocallyGrownNews.com, a hyperlocal website focused on allowing citizen journalists and community members to “focus on what they are most passionate about – building their community conversation through good local information and networking.” You can read my NABJDigital profile of her here. And you can listen to her 17:05-minute presentation here.
Retha Hill, director of the New Media Innovation Lab and professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, closed the conference with a presentation about her NMWE grant for her Mobile Black History Project app. She also discussed winning a Knight News Challenge grant for her SeedSpeak effort (my NABJDigital profile of that effort is here). You can listen to Hill’s 24:15-minute presentation here.