Two weeks have gone by since Edelman’s New Media Academic Summit 2008 in Chicago, plenty of time to digest some thinking and take a look at other people’s thoughts as they’ve posted them since the event.
I discussed my own impressions in FIR #358 on June 30, overviewing the event, what the panels discussed and my thoughts about the issues everyone is grappling with regarding social media (which are broadly the same wherever you are, whether in the US or in Europe).
For your convenience, I’ve extracted that segment and it’s here if you want to listen. About 8 minutes:
A good starting point for other views would be the short video interviews taken at the conference venue by Robert French, one of the academic PR world’s true innovators in not only widely experimenting with social media but also introducing it to hundreds of next-generation PR practitioners who experience it in the direct context of their (traditional) PR studies.
The video embedded above (go here if you don’t see it) is of five conference attendees from the academic community with their views on the event, what they expect to gain from it and what they think could have been different.
A terrific written commentary in three parts on her impressions of the conference comes from Karen Miller Russell, who’s also featured in the above video.
Part I covered the panel discussion I was on. And that reminds me of something that has been bothering me since I read the summary of that discussion by the Edelman bloggers which quotes me saying that “Journalism is dead.” I was sure I never said that; indeed, I’m sure I actually said “Journalism isn’t dead” or something similar.
Luckily, the panel discussion was videoed – as were all the sessions – and that video is now posted [link opens in new window or tab]. Around the 49-minute mark, you can see me saying that I don’t agree with the idea that journalism is dead.
A pity I can’t embed that video here but at least you have a link to go see it there.
So, I would summarize the Edelman New Media Academic Summit 2008 by saying that it was undoubtedly an event seen as valuable and worthwhile by everyone who participated, from the academic world as well as from the business side.
Well organized by Edelman. I’m glad to have been part of it.