OK, I’m still here! Here’s what’s up:
(1) MediaBugs: I’ve been deep in bringing this project — a sort of public bug-tracker for Bay Area news coverage — to life. Ben Brown’s really been doing the hard lifting. (If you have a social website of any kind to develop, I can’t recommend him, his company XOXCO, and his platform PeoplePods highly enough!)
Meanwhile, Mark Follman and I are busy testing, planning, and talking with folks at local media outlets. If we haven’t already reached out to you, you’re probably on our list to get to, but if you’re interested in talking with us don’t hesitate to be in touch with me.
We’re this close to beginning a brief closed beta-test, which will be soon followed by an open beta. If you want to check it out, just email me and I’ll add you to the beta list.
Here’s the logo! Aimed at representing the pragmatic, get-things-done stance we boiled down to a catch-phrase: “Fix the news.”
(2) MediaCritic: We soft-launched this site last month. It’s still very much an evolving thing. For now what I’m up to there is publishing a daily digest of the conversation on Twitter and the Web about the future of the news media. We call it the Tweetgeist. I’m having fun, but there’s a lot more we — which is me, Dan Gillmor, and Bill Gannon — hope to achieve with it.
(3)Speaking engagements: I’ve got a bunch coming up! Here’s info:
March 1: In conversation with SF Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll, at Berkeley Rep. A benefit for Park Day School. I’ll be talking about Say Everything, blogging, the transformation of media, MediaBugs, and whatever else Jon decides we should talk about.
March 2: I’ll be part of the amazing roster at Ignite Bay Area, with a five-minute, 20-slide blitz about the ideas behind MediaBugs. It’s at 7 p.n. at Automattic, Pier 38.
March 13: At SXSW in Austin I will speak on a panel titled “Why Keep Blogging? Real Answers for Smart Tweeple.” Emily Gordon is the moderator and the other panelists are far cooler than I am. But I’m delighted to be going to SXSW.
Please forgive me for the blogging break! I expect to be here a bit more now.