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Jun 19, 2012

Internet native news networks, what's working in #opengov and more for #civicmedia day 2

Posted by John Bracken

Yesterday was a busy first day of the MIT-Knight Civic Media conference. You can catch up via the conference liveblog. Highlights included first panel, Dan Sinker’s summary of the hack session, the announcement of the Knight News Challenge winners and details about Knight’s new prototype fund with Michael Maness and Joi Ito.

We’re going to keep the momentum going today with four more panels. Like yesterday, the #civicmedia will be livestreamed.

Things kick off at 9:00 a.m. ET with a discussion of Internet Native News Networks led by Christina Xu of the Awesome Foundation. Presenters include Hong Qu, of Upworthy, Ivan Sigal of Global Voices, Charlie Sennott of GlobalPost and David Wertime of Tea Leaf Nation.

At 10:30 a.m. ET, Susan Crawford will lead us through a discussion of Open Gov: What’s Gone Wrong, What’s Gone Right? Particpants will include Mark Headd of Code for America, Mike Norman of and Chris Vein, Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation.

Our lunch speaker at noon will be Michael Kupperman, the comic book artist whose most recent book is Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010. Benjamen Walker of WFMU’s Too Much Information will moderate. (Appropriately enough, Monday’s episode of TMI is BANG! POW! Comics aren't for losers anymore!)

The Media Lab’s Sasha Costanza-Chock will moderate Civic Action On/Offline: IRL+RT FTW! (From stories to the streets and back again), with Jamilah King, Colorlines; Hal Roberts, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; Renata Teodoro, Student Immigrant Movement and Holmes Wilson, Fight for the Future.)

Our final panel, And Now for Something Completely Different,  will be moderated by Lorrie LeJeune of the MediaLab. Larry Birnbaum, Kate Darling, Gregg Marra, Ben Moskowitz and Dan Schultz will provoke and surprise us.

My colleague Michael Maness will close the conference at 3:30 p.m. ET.

By John Bracken, director journalism/media innovation at Knight Foundation

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