Just a quick note now that I’ve somewhat recovered from a weekend spent liveblogging the 2013 Canadian Association of Journalists conference in Ottawa. The conference took place May 3-5 at the Westin Hotel and brought together hundreds of journalists from across the country for training, networking and (of course) partying.
The CAJ is a non-profit organization and all events and programs are run by volunteers. I was lucky to oversee great group of journalists liveblogging the various sessions including Ron Nurwisah and Sunny Freeman of Huffington Post Canada, Jessie Willms of iPolitics.ca and Alayne McGregor of Ottawa Jazz Scene. Added to the mix were students and recent grads from Carleton University, Centennial College and Algonquin College. We were ably assisted by Tamara Baluja of our partner J-Source, which syndicated some of our live blogs on the jsource.ca website. And on Saturday we were joined by students from GloBELL Roar newspaper at Bell High School. Together we liveblogged about 35 sessions using Scribblelive software. (Check them out at live.caj.ca)
I’m still measuring the impact that all our tweets, instagram photos and other social media content had over the weekend. But suffice it to say, the 2013 CAJ conference was our most social ever. And thanks to our archived Scribblelive blogs, we have a record that journalists, educators and students can refer to any time they like.