First #journchat LIVE: Recap
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This past Monday was a surreal experience for me. My first day as a new business owner included sitting at the Chicago Tribune and watching #journchat come to life. Listening to people discuss and debate questions was intense and fulfilling. It was overwhelming (in a good way) as I attempted to balance seven live events, moderate the online chat and network with the crowd. We had a total of 300 people register for the LIVE events through the Eventbrite online invitations with approximately 250 (or so) participants, along with our normal online venue.
At our Chicago location we had about 60 people in attendance. There was a balance between journalists, PR professionals, bloggers, professors, students and interns–this was essential throughout our discussion. As I roamed the room, I heard discussions that could have been part of a master’s program in new media along with a need for MORE opportunities like this (i.e. journchat LIVE). We were arranged in small groups and after two questions, the entire group had to shift in order to connect with new people.
Upon reflection, there are many things I will do differently next time and realize that this is an evolving event. For one, I can’t wait to incorporate audio and video. The format for future events will be a bit more formalized, including a networking time, minimum number of attendees, location requirements, media partner, etc. I look forward to sharing these updates with the next round of champions when our next date is announced.
During this first session we were able to move through eight questions:
- Who owns the fan experience of social media at college stadiums?
- Are they trying to set up a local wire for MSNBC by buying Everyblock? Does it make sense?
- Have you noticed media companies now hiring social media journalists or companies soc med position?
- How do you communicate/show/tell the value of “social media” and online communities?
- Why are you participating in a LIVE version or the online version of @journchat? What do you hope to accomplish?
- If the press release as we know it is dead, what is next? Will something take its place?
- What type of “pitch” gets your attn? Journs: for a story; PRs: someone looking for a job or new idea?
- What advice do you have for new grads in PR/journ/marketing/comm? Doesn’t have to be social media specific.
Thank you to the seven LIVE locations across the United States and Canada. These folks are the pioneers of #journchat LIVE and I’m grateful the work they put into their events.
Champions: Kate Gardiner (@kategardiner) and me
Champion: Jamie Favreau (@jfavreau)
Champion: David Spinks (@davidspinks)
A recap of the Philly event can be found, here.
Champion: Aaron Baer (@aaronmbaer)
Champion: Deanna Ferrari (@dferrari)
RELEASE: Pittsburgh to participate in seven-city, live-streaming event
Photos and video from the event (they’re uploading the video to the YouTube page soon)
Partners: WordWrite PR (@wordwritePR) and Pittsburgh Business Times (@pghbiztimes)
Champions: Arik Hanson (@arikhanson) and Kristin Gast (@kristingast)
Here’s a review of the Minneapolis location.
Champion: Jodi Echakowitz (@jodiechakowitz)
Jodi wrote an honest and thoughtful review about her group’s experience of the first #journchat LIVE.
A very special thank you to our sponsors who helped to support our mission:
- Chicago Tribune (@coloneltribune) and Chicago Now (@chicagonow)
- Disability Empowerment Center
- Domino’s and Ramon De Leon (@dpzramon)
- Drexel Science Center and DreamIt Ventures
- Eight O’Clock Coffee
- Foiled Cupcakes (@foiledcupcakes)
- Garrett Popcorn
- Half-Price Books
- Media Watch
- Marketwire (@marketwire)
- Matt Batt/Pipeline Media Relations (@storyassistant)
- Point Park University
- Tunheim Partners
- Thornely Fallis (@thornley)
- VooDoo Tiki Tequila
- ZooLoo (@zooloo)
If you have any questions about #journchat or #journchat LIVE, please email me at: prsarahevans at gmail dot com.