As my colleague Rachel R. notes, there have been some technical problems with the webcast (video only, tsk tsk) and online chat today. The tone of some of the panel discussions has left some bloggers, including my colleague Neha V., feeling a bit frustrated and defensive.
Tomorrow should be more relevant and accessible to the international blogosphere. Rachel and I will be moderating several panels in which we are hoping to reflect the views of people from around the Global Voices community. So I hope you'll follow the webcast and join the live chat via this page as we explore the citizens media revolutions in East and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. (As my colleague Georgia Popplewell laments, Latin America is most unfortunately not represented. A massive oversight!!) We hope that the perspectives not represented in the room will be voiced online. Rachel and I will do our best to represent these views back into the room.
UPDATE: MY Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman has a great post, observing the conference from afar. He makes an excellent point:
...while global news organizations seem obsessed with the bloggers/journalists “dichotomy”, local media seems more open to this idea. I gave a lecture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts a few weeks ago as part of a class taught by Bill Densmore, who has edited several Berkshire County newspapers. Bill observed that local newspaper editors generally understand the value of journalists cooperating with bloggers because local papers don’t get produced without the help of lots of amateurs. That baseball story, town meeting summary or theatre review might have been produced by a seasoned, experienced journalist… and just as likely was produced by an intern, an amateur trying to get some experience, or someone in the community who was passionate that an event get covered.
Maybe these conversations aren’t best yelled held between bloggers and journalists from highly professional, structured, hierarchical news organizations - maybe community papers could help provide an ideological bridge between camps?