It’s rare that an 8am breakfast meeting is my second meeting of the day. But that’s what happens when you start your day with a 5am TV appearance. Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! team is at the Netsquared conference and spent half of today’s show featuring conference speakers: Hong Eun-taek from OhMyNews, Reuters Digital Vision fellow Saori Fotenos, and yours truly. I’m already hearing back from Amy’s viewers, which is pretty exciting, and the show is easy to access online – you can download an mp3 or watch a RealVideo stream. We’re the second half of the show.
The fun of these events for me is always meeting my fellow guests. Saori’s project with Reuters – Vamos Blogar – involves helping at-risk youth in Rio learn how to blog – it’s an interesting model that might work in other favelas and low-income communities around the world. And Eun Taek and I had the chance to talk more about the parallels and differences between GVO and OhMyNews – there’s a lot our projects can do together, and even more we can learn from one another. I’m looking forward to visiting OhMyNews in a few weeks in Seoul and talking further.
All of which helps dull the pain of that 4am wakeup call. And if I look bleary-eyed and unshaven in the video… well, I am. :-)