Mar 10th, 2009 @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6 people I’d like to see at BarCamp NewsInnovation Philadelphia


BCNI Philly is a little over a month away and planning has been kicking into high gear. My friend and programming whiz Major Highfield has been on the look out for sponsors (know somebody? drop him a line), I’ve been all around Philadelphia passing out flyers, and the planned attendance is nearly over 100.

I thank everyone who has shown support or offered to volunteer so far, but as I have been trolling the Web I’ve come across a few names I don’t see on my registered attendees list. Below are 6 people I’d like to see attend who haven’t registered. If you know them, known someone that knows them, or saw them in the street once, drop them a line and encourage them to attend!


Jeff Jarvis

Who? Jarvis recently wrote the book “What Would Google Do” and has been a vocal media critic.

Why? Jarvis is likely to find a very receptive audience at BarCamp. The cross of media and technology focused people would allow him to skip over the basic tenants of his media theory and skip right to the good stuff. The Barcamp format would allow for an engaged debate that cable news camera does not offer. Jarvis teaches in New York, and could be in Philadelphia in a little more than an hour.


Kiyoshi Martinez

Who? Founder of ,

Why? A former Web editor, Kiyoshi could offer a lot with a session about his time managing a handful of community newspaper. A presentation about his experience in building a few of his side projects would be an inspiration to news people everywhere. Or, he could bring a dose of humor presenting on postings on


Tim O’Reilly

Who? Found of O’Reilly Media, coined “Web 2.0″

Why? O’Reilly seems deadly accurate at predicting Web and technology trends. To view his thought process through the prism of journalism would make for an excellent presentation. Where many prognosticators come from the media end, O’Reilly would offer a unique perspective of someone who has been actively involved with the Internet for over a decade. He is also an advocate the Open Source software that a large number of news startups rely on to keep costs low.


Anyone from Politico

Who? The news start up about politics that is actually making money.

Why? Read those last two words carefully. Politico is a rare example of a lean print and Web operation catering to a very specific niche that is profitable. Anything from reporting methods to business practices of this success story would be valuable to attendees.


Jim Louderback

Who? CEO of Revision 3.

Why? Revision 3 doesn’t do much in the realm of news, but the company is damn good at presenting video content in a variety of formats and is working on innovative ways to monetize that content. A presentation on building a successful Internet video podcast such as Diggnation can be applied to news in numerous regards. The company has been at the forefront in every form of video distribution from mobile to set top box downloads.


Brian Tierney

Who? CEO of Philadelphia Media Holdings.

Why? For one, his offices are up the street. But Tierney is a topic of hot debate among newspaper people. To some he is doing all he can to keep Philadelphia a two newspaper town, while other see him as a shewed businessman. Whatever your thoughts, Tierney has a large impact of the future of Journalism in the forth largest media market in the country. The recent bankruptcy of his company would make for a fascinating session, or at the very least he could present on what its like to be on the management side of the operation.

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