New Media, New Rules will feature a presentation by Fort Wayne Observed founder Nathan Gotsch and a panel discussion on the significant impact of new media on the 2007 election with city council members-elect Mitch Harper (also editor of Fort Wayne Observed) and Karen Goldner as well as bloggers Jeff Pruitt (Fort Wayne Left) and Dan Turkette (Fort Wayne News). Bloggers, commenters, the general public and traditional media are invited to attend.
“Local candidates are just beginning to understand the power of local blogs to influence voters,” Gotsch said. “Now that the city election is over, we can start a discussion on how to make the Fort Wayne blogosphere a place of dialogue for elected officials and constituents alike.”
In the first part of the program, Gotsch will give citizens advice on blogging effectively in order to make sure their voices are heard by and have an impact on elected officials. He’ll also discuss how candidates can develop Internet strategies that take advantage of new technologies, pointing out missed opportunities during the 2007 campaign and providing tips on how to interact with political bloggers writing about their campaign.
That will be followed by the panel discussion on the impact of local blogs on this year’s election and how new media is already altering the local political scene. Gotsch and the panel will also be taking questions from the audience.
And there’s more information on the web site. Although I’ve not been really involved in politics, mostly because I’ve worked in journalism most of my professional life, I’ll be there.
— Jon Swerens · photo by anemergencystop on Flickr