September 9, 2009

Socialbrite’s night at NetTuesday

Participants

JD LasicaLast night was the coming-out party for Socialbrite at the monthly NetTuesday gathering in San Francisco. About 40 people turned out for the event at PariSoMa, the coworking space at Howard and Tenth. Here are a half-dozen shots snapped by organizer Sarah Kennon and me.

And here is what the NetTuesday Meetup members had to say about the event.

A few notes from the evening:

• I kicked things off with a rundown of the Socialbrite team and the resources offered by Socialbrite, including the Sharing Center, Social Media Glossary, Web 2.0 productivity tools, directory of social media reports, guides to free photos, free music and free video footage, and directory of cause organizations.

• Jacob Colker, co-founder of the Extraordinaries, discussed the “micro-volunteer” opportunities using mobile devices in their spare time that people could sign up for. The Extraordinaries is now available as a free iPhone app. Socialbrite will publish a video interview with co-founder Ben Rigby soon.

• Schlomo Rabinowitz sketched out VideoCampSF, coming to BAVC Oct. 16-17. Two days of sessions can be had for just $65. (Register here.) The stellar lineup of instructors includes Melissa Rowley, Jen Myronuk, Katrina Heppler, Sukhjit, Markus Sandy, Adam Quirk and Bill Streeter (hey, I know all these folks!).

• Katrina Heppler outlined her promising new venture, envisionGood.tv. (She’s also begun contributing video dispatches to Socialbrite, like the one immediately below this post.)

• Michael Stoll and two of his staffers came by to fill us in on The Public Press (which will be getting a new domain name next month). The nonprofit publication provides noncommercial news for the Bay Area and has been raising funds for story pitches on Spot.us.

• I outlined the mission of the Public Media Collaborative, a group of Bay Area technologists, activists and bloggers who put on training workshops, chiefly for community organizations. Our next daylong workshop will be Oct. 23 in Oakland.

• Program manager Liberty Smith told us about the National Service Learning Clearinghouse. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Continue reading

August 4, 2009

Social Media Bootcamp at Seize the Moment

Seize the moment

JD LasicaFor the past few weeks, several of us (most notably Kara Andrade) have been working on pulling together what’s shaping up to be an extraordinary end-of-summer event at San Francisco State: Seize the Moment.

I’ll be presenting a Social Media Bootcamp with David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, to kick the morning off on Aug. 28. The all-day event will be geared to ethnic media publishers and feature multiple tracks: a Multimedia Content Bootcamp, a Website Warriors track, a Storytelling Toolkit track, a Business Innovations track and a Social Networking 101 track presented by the Public Media Collaborative (David, Susan Mernit and I are among the co-founders).

Conference details

What: Seize the Moment
Presented by: Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State University and ZeroDivide, in collaboration with New America Media
Agenda: A hands-on educational workshop to help members of the ethnic and community news media learn how to harness new technologies and reach new audiences. In-depth workshops will teach you new media skills and social networking strategies; show you how to grow your Web presence and introduce you to innovative business strategies to help your news outlet navigate through and even thrive in this tough economy. Some participants may want to opt for Nuestra Voz, a day-and-a-half boot camp taught in Spanish.
When: Friday, August 28, 2009
Time: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Location: San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning, 835 Market Street, 6th floor, SF
Registration fee: $25 (are you kidding?)
Facebook group: Join here
Information: [email protected]

Bootcamp details

social-networks

What: Social Media Bootcamp
Presented by: JD Lasica & David Cohn
Description: Like other news publications, ethnic news publications are seeing a steady erosion of readers to online platforms. This session will show you how to use the new tools of engagement — forums, social bookmarking, Twitter, widgets, Facebook and mobile — to reach new audiences, create communities of interest and become relevant to a new generation of users.
Time: 9 am on Aug. 28

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