Chris Krewson and Wendy Warren from Philly.com and the Inquirer spoke on how blogging and social media platforms like twitter have changed the way breaking news can be communicated to the public. The room was filled with journalists, students, and small business owners who were ready to participate by answering questions, sharing their own concerns, and trying to win free t-shirts and jump drives for giving good answers.
We also attended the Going Hyperlocal session which was presented by Bill Bostic, Publisher/Editor of the Linglestown Gazette. Bill shared his passion of announcing the local news that the major papers normally overlook by using a hyperlocal blog, which is a blog that is concentrated on one area or town. The group discussed ways to generate income to support the blog by having local businesses contribute through paid advertising while allowing them to provide useful content to the community in the blog’s posts.
Overall, BCNI Philly was a great success, and we were glad we could be a part.