BlogNashville is a three-day conference on blogging, journalism and politics, organized by the Media Bloggers Association and hosted by Belmont University’s New Century Journalism Program. The conference includes workshops on computer-assisted research and reporting, a panel discussion of the relationship between bloggers and traditional news media, and a day-long series of sessions on such topics as blogging and politics, military blogging, citizen’s media, video blogging, “podcasting,” faith-based blogging and more.
“We are looking forward to this event,” says documentary filmmaker Andrew Marcus, who describes his film as focusing on how the worlds of blogging and traditional mainstream media outlets intersect.
“Sometimes these worlds collide, and sometimes they discover ways to complement each other,” says Marcus. “We are examining the effects blogging is having on media, and media is having on blogging, as well as speculating about the immediate and long-term ramifications of this new communication revolution.”
“Covering this conference and its participants is extremely important to our effort to tell the story of the blogosphere’s development and we appreciate the cooperation of Belmont University and the MBA in this,” says Marcus, who is directing and producing the as-yet untitled documentary, co-produced by Tori Marlan with Joe Farris as the director of photography. They will be interviewing numerous bloggers at the event.
Media Bloggers Association
The Media Bloggers Association is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting MBA members and their blogs. Founded in 2004, the membership includes independent/amateur bloggers, professional bloggers and professional writers who operate a personal blog, as well as those interested in the development of media blogging, citizen journalism, and related endeavors.
New Century Journalism
The New Century Journalism program at Belmont University (http://www.belmont.edu/) contains several primary and interrelated components, all of which are closely related to Belmont University’s mission to integrate professional education with a strong core emphasis in the liberal arts and ethical development. The program’s objective is to provide each student with a high quality education that combines strong critical thinking skills and practical training in the most current professional methods with a personal understanding of the role that journalists play in our society.
Belmont University’s fast-growing community of about 4,000 students comes from nearly every state and more than 25 countries. Belmont is committed to premier teaching with a focus on success in the real world. Our purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 50 areas of study, eight master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.