I am in Atlanta, at TSRB on the campus of Georgia Tech, attending a Symposium on Computational Journalism. This is the first event of this kind and I already feel that this is likely to become a field of some good activity.The first (half) day had two keynote talks and 4 panels. See details at http://www.computational-journalism.com/symposium/index.php.
There are more than 200 people attending this event — most from journalism and related areas. It is clear that Journalists, at least many who are here, believe that old journalism is dying and a new type of journalism is emerging — a fundamentally different one. Mark Skoler had an exciting key note talk after a very informative keynote by Krishna Bharat. Both these talks were very exciting and laid a good foundation for discussion later on. Krishna by providing all details of Google News and Mike by bringing in exciting new possibilities.
Not surprisingly, this is all about events. And social networking is very hot here.
It has been a very exciting meeting so far. There is a full day today — including a panel in which I participate. I am looking forward to meeting some interesting and innovative people.