What happens when the whole world starts talking online?
The gathering at Reuters world HQ in Canary Wharf includes bloggers from as far afield as Cambodia , China, Jordan and Iran; all representatives of what’s being called the global citizens‘ media community. Anyone who can’t make it in person (the conference room is already full) can take part via the IRC chat or view the webcast (also here) of proceedings from 10am.
The discussion will explore the possibilities for cooperation between journalists and citizen bloggers to create a „global conversation“ and explore how vibrant communities of bloggers can be fostered in countries which could benefit from them.
I’ll be on hand to bring you the highlights here on News blog, but in the meantime, here are just a sample of the figures to watch among the dozens of bloggers who will be taking part:
– Indonesian blogger Enda Nasution was a student activist during the Suharto era back in 1998. He has been blogging since 2001, and he set up a separate blog to cover the 2004 Indonesian election.
– Blogger Hossein Derakhshan kickstarted the Iranian blogosphere when he devised and set up one of the first weblogs in his native language of Farsi. He has become a vociferous proponent of „bridge blogs„, where bloggers write for a foreign audience about their everyday reality
– Addis Ababa-based freelance journalist Andrew Heavens‘ blog Meskel Square is a good example of how members of the mainstream media can mix traditional reporting with blogging
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