Here are some excerpts from the Knoxville newspaper’s story:
What is expected to be the largest gathering of bloggers this year, and only the third meeting of its kind, will take place in Nashville early next month. A core focus of the event will be educating those who write blogs, a contraction for Web logs, on how to gather information and how to operate as “citizen journalists.”
“BlogNashville,” www.blognashville.org, runs Thursday, May 5-7.
The conference will feature Glenn Reynolds, the University of Tennessee law professor who authors one of the most read blogs in the world, www.instapundit.com.
But it will also feature several other bloggers and sessions on computer-assisted reporting for bloggers. Nashville blogger Blake Wylie of www.nashvillefiles.com will be attending to “network with bloggers from around the nation,” he said in an e-mail on Monday.
He also said he’ll participate in the computer-assisted research and reporting sessions and he’ll be “incorporating that into my blog. This will hopefully allow me to provide more and better information to my readers.”
The conference is a joint venture between Belmont University’s New Century Journalism Program and the Media Bloggers Association, a nonpartisan organization promoting blog members.
…The conference is expected to draw more than 200 participants.
On Friday, the conference features a season on protecting those who blog anonymously, especially those in repressive countries. On Saturday, sessions include blogging on politics, journalism, religion, military and how to make money through blogging. There will also be a documentary film crew at the conference as part of a project on blogs.