Jasmine Bulin from PBS SoCal talks about what she’ll take away from PubCampWest in this video, shot by Amy Baroch.

Live video and Tweets: #PubCampWest, Day Two

Good morning, and welcome to the second day of PubCampWest! This morning we’ll be presenting the results from yesterday’s discussions on three topics: Election 2012, integrating online and reaching the whole community. Discussion most likely will start between 9-9:30am. We have live streaming video below, as well as a feed of Tweets using the #PubCampWest hashtag. If you can’t see the video, please let us know with a #PubCampWest Tweet. (Audio is muted until the event begins; we’re set to mobile quality for the sake of the bitrate and stream, so it might be a tad delayed and/or pixelated.)

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Pubcamp West is this weekend! Update and more info

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure we have space for them at the event.

Help us decide on topics!
While #pubcamps are always unconferences (meaning loosely styled, no agenda), we know many of you are coming from far and wide. So help us decide what we should talk about. Vote on ideas and submit your own. We’ll announce the sessions when we get started Saturday. VOTE HERE.

A hackathon!
As part of the first #pubcampwest, we will be holding a developer-driven hackathon to help engage journalists, producers and developers to create better public journalism in a slightly more structured, but equally open and creative atmosphere.

The focus: building a better future for online audio.

Whether curating and presenting archives of public agency meetings, creating new ways of referencing or using online audio in stories, or thinking of ways to allow the public to access and/or augment online audio, we’re seeking ideas for projects that can goad us to think of how we can better present audio to the online world.

Ideas? Skills? Let’s plot them HERE.

The hackathon will happen in conjunction with the rest of the unconference, but with a slightly different schedule: Introductions and rapid-fire presentations of potential projects August 20, after which we’ll review and vote on the best. We’ll start hacking Sunday morning through 5pm, when we’ll wrap things up with 10-minute project presentations.

We’re looking for a head-count on interested parties for the hackathon. Please email Eric Zassenhaus <> and let us know if you’d like to be part!

Parking and more details
Parking is available on Raymond Avenue and at the Metro parking structures located a few blocks north and south of the Mohn Broadcast Center:
Del Mar Metro Station 230 S. Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105
Fillmore Metro Station 95 Fillmore Street Pasadena, CA 91105
We encourage you to take the Metro Gold Line as SCPR is conveniently located between the Del Mar and Fillmore stops.

We will soon have local hotels, directions to the conference and a loose schedule for the weekend up here soon. Stay tuned!

#PubCampWest project pitches: Reaching the Whole Community

Many public media organizations are looking for ways to expand their audiences to match the diversity of their communities. During PCW participants talked about different ways to reach and engage a larger audience.

Here are links to iPhone photos of the conference whitesheets listing ideas for reaching the whole community; audio of the full discussion and project pitches follows. For more, check out this Storify from the event.

Whitesheet one: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet two: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet three: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet four: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet five: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet six: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet seven: reaching the whole community

Whitesheet eight: reaching the whole community

PubCampWest project pitch: Reaching the Whole Community by ianhillmedia

#PubCampWest project pitches: Integrating Online

Another topic discussed at last weekend’s PCW was how to bring online and broadcast content departments closer together at public media organizations. Participants emphasized the need for organizations to stop thinking about online content as “web extras” which are not as important as broadcast content.

Here are links to iPhone photos of the conference whitesheets listing ideas for integrating online content at public media organizations; audio of the full discussion and project pitches follows. For more, check out this Storify from the event.

Whitesheet one: integrating online

Whitesheet two: integrating online

Whitesheet three: integrating online

Whitesheet four: integrating online

Whitesheet five: integrating online

Whitesheet six: integrating online

PubCampWest project pitch: Integrating Online by ianhillmedia

#PubCampWest: fin

Thanks to Kim Bui for all her hard work, KPCC who hosted and everyone who worked to make it a great success. Come back to this tumblr this week for archive video of today’s presentations, additional photos and video and more!

Resources from #PubCampWest

Here are links to some of the resources and projects we discussed today. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tiki-Toki: create your own embeddable timeline.

Qrank: create a quiz.

KCET’s Departures: an online exploration of Los Angeles neighborhoods. create infographics, still in beta.

KPCC’s OnCentral: a news site for neighborhoods around L.A.’s Central Avenue. 

WDET’s Truck Stop: residents can report trucking violations via text.

WBEZ’s Dear Chicago: Chicago residents discuss the problems affecting their lives. 


Multimedia journalist Adam Popescu talks about social media’s importance to news in this video from PubCampWest. Video shot by Amy Baroch.

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One of the topics discussed at the 2011 PubCampWest conference was the importance of online content. Content posted on the web should not be considered an “extra,” participants said, but should be seen as vital in its own right. In this brief audio clip, one of the conference attendees - a station intern - describes how she consumes news and talks about why online content is important.


Amy Baroch interviewed several PubCampWest participants during the conference and asked what they had learned. Here’s the first of those interviews, a discussion with journalist Jessica Perez. More video will be posted in the coming days.
How NPR may scale Andy Carvin’s Twitter curation

Integrating online will be one of the topics we discuss at PubCampWest Aug. 19-21 in Los Angeles. This post from Nieman Lab looks at the challenges faced by NPR’s Andy Carvin (right) when it comes to managing information coming to him from Twitter.

“During the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, Carvin noted, a rumor spread on Twitter that terrorists were using social media to coordinate their actions — and there was a rumor on top of that that the Indian government had told its citizens to refrain Twitter. ‘So there was a period of several hours,’ Carvin noted, 'where some of the best eyewitnesses got skittish.’ From what we can tell, he said, the rumor likely started on TV, and found its way to Twitter. 'But in situations like that,’ Carvin said, 'I’d want to be able to know, in real time, ‘Who started this?’'”