Who’s going to Northern Voice?

Now that Northern Voice has announced their schedule for Saturday the 24th of February, has anyone decided that they are going to attend? Did the fact that it’s at UBC rather than downtown this year either influence you to attend or to stay away?

5 Comments so far

  1. Ariane (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    I’m going! Does suck that it’s at UBC, since I live out in the burbs, and am not a morning person… But hey, whatcha gonna do?

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

    Not this year. I was unimpressed with it last year. I found that sessions could be broken down into three catagories:

    – “Yay we’re bloggers! We’re way cooler than journalists!”

    – “My company developed this software, you should use it”

    – Arguments about inside baseball

    I can imagine a blog conference that I’d be interested in, but Northern Voice wasn’t it. This year could be different, and I think everyone else seemed to like it other than me. I hope it does well, and I hope everyone enjoys it but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It also may have been the sessions that I ended up choosing to go in.

    Also Travis Smith who is one of the organizers, and a former Metroblogger, is Aces.

  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    I decided to offer some constructive criticism instead of just being an ass, and I took a look at the schedual for this year which looks like it avoids a lot of the problems I mentioned above.

    I’ve got a decade journalism and as I blogged recently I’m a graduate of the Canadian University Press student journalism conferences. So I’m a bit spoiled in that regards. So I don’t need something like Travis Smith’s session on being a citizen journalist, since I am a journalist who just happens to not get paid for half of his work. I’ve also gone through the process of learning about Legal Rights and Libel, so that doesn’t interest me.

    However both sessions are the sorts of things I think are an improvement over last year. Libel is a really big issue, and I think that bloggers tend to ignore it and skate by becuase nobody notices. When they do notice most tend to cave right away, because they get a legal sounding letter and it scares them.

    How to sessions are more interesting, and the how to record a great sounding podcast would be interesting to me. I’d probably be interested in a how to make decent cheap videos maximizing either web cams or the basic video cameras in digital cameras.

    Truth be told everything this year sounds really good. It just doesn’t hit what I’d need in a conference. Not that I’ve got anything interesting to add, if I did I would have volunteered it.

  4. Rob Cottingham (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 7:28 am

    I’ll be there with bells on. (Not actual bells — I learned my lesson from all the complaints last year.)

  5. Rebecca (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    As soon as I can muster up the fee for my husband and I, we’ll be on the list :p

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