The Innovation Journalism program is a Stanford-run initiative that focuses on the business of covering the practice of innovation and forward-thinking societal and industrial events in journalism and the media. Its interesting because it is actually focused on training people on becoming better at identifying and following future trends. The program is run in a fairly elaborate mix of academic workshops, hands-on industrial training and longer-term initiatives in partnership with multiple countries, Pakistan being one of them.
In addition to this, the program engages leaders from traditional and emerging media industries from all over the world on how journalism and media itself is changing (“New media”) and how people can better prepare for news-consumption in the future.
The annual conference is a gathering of the top technology and innovation journalists from all over the world – this year some of the presenters and panelists include Michael Kanellos, Editor-at-Large, CNET News.com, John Markoff, Silicon Valley Correspondent, New York Times, Matt Marshall, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, VentureBeat [See their coverage here], Tony Perkins, Founder, AlwaysOn-Network and other participants from XConomy, DFJ, The Kauffman Foundation, PC World, GigaOM, SF Chronicle, Wired and more.
This year I have been graciously asked to also participate and be on a panel in the conference to discuss “Developing Authenticity in online communities in New Media”. I will be representing Green & White as a publication at the conference.
According to the conference agenda, the other people on the panel are:
- Jeffrey Taylor, Editor and Bureau Chief, Bloomberg San Francisco;
- Ian King, senior correspondent, Bloomberg SFO;
- Osama A. Hashmi, technology blogger ‘Green & White’, Pakistan;
- Peter Magnusson, entrepreneur
The panel is complementing the main presentation on this topic by Mr.Khaleeq Kiani who has been one of this year’s innovation journalism fellows from Pakistan, and otherwise works at Dawn.
Representing new-media and Green & White in a conference like this is quite an honor for me, so thank you to the Innovation Journalism Pakistan program for nominating me.
The InJo Pakistan program – run by the Competitiveness Services Fund – is also taking about 7 more people to the conference to appear in panels or to present. The delegation consists of:
- Mr. Mushtaq Malik - Chairman, PEMRA
- Mr. Amir Jehangir - Special consultant, Innovation Journalism Program at Pakistan
- Mr. Arthur Bayhan – CEO of the Competitiveness Services Fund
- Other leading mainstream journalists
The keynote speaker at the conference this time is Mr. Zafar Siddiqui - Chairman CNBC Arabia, Chairman CNBC Africa, President CNBC Pakistan and President SAMAA TV. He will talk about intellectual freedom and the Internetâ€™s affect on global media organizations.
So if you’re in the San Francisco / bay area and want to meet up, why not come to the conference – its free to attend but you have to register beforehand. Mudassir, Haris, maybe that would be a good place and time to meet.
Also, if you consider yourself a “futurist” and analyzing innovation trends interests you, why not pursue this is a career choice? CDF is currently offering summer Internships on New Media reporting and associate editor roles to very sharp forward-thinking people who are brimming with potential, where I’ll happily provide coaching on technology and innovation coverage and new-media practices. Go here to apply for them today or email me at .