On Saturday I went along to the Netroots event in Manchester to speak about working With The Local Media, I was on a panel with Lawrence Shaw from the NUJ, who tweets as @lawrenceshaw the panel was chaired by Matt Finnegan ex of the Manchester Evening News who tweets as @mattfinished
Unfortunately Tina Taylor, a care cuts activist, the third person who was to sit on the panel wasn’t able to make it on the day.
We had quite an interesting debate covering local printed media, their websites and hyperlocal websites as well as talking about more general social media.
Here are my presentation slides.
On the whole I think the event had a good mix of people from a number of different organisations and trades unions along with a good mix of speakers [myself excepted!].
I did tweet out a few critical remarks about the Getting your Voice Heard Online session
I have to admit when I first saw the different panels I was a bit upset that it wasn’t this one I was involved in as it seemed to be ideal for me and the work I do with Talk About Local.
I chose this session because I expected it to be a very grass roots session explaining to people how to get on-line and thought that with my experience I would be able to add something to the session maybe.
Sadly it turned out to be quite far from grassroots and more of a master class in social marketing and self promotion. I think the session was badly named rather than it being the fault of the panelists who were very knowledgable about their subjects.
My final tweet on on the days events summed up the one failing of what otherwise was an excellent event
The event was videoed and once they videos appear online I strongly recommend that you watch the closing speech from Ally Fogg @allyfogg who made an impassioned speech about ‘there is no justice just us‘ & ‘ye are many – they are few‘.
Anyone who can put Ruthless Rap Assassins and the poet Shelley together in a speech has got to be saluted.
Posted from Manchester, England, United Kingdom.