What about the next MediaCamp?

By Kerry Powell

Mack asked for suggestions for the next MediaCamp. Here’s what you said:

  • More content about doing journalism with video and audio
  • More on curating content
  • Expand word of mediacamp beyond the tech and journo field, says someone from the training industry
  • More success stories and case studies
  • More on what’s happening with Facebook and how to use it.
  • Tell us what’s new and what’s next, says Graham Hicks.
  • Stay with the conference format versus the unconference format, or I won’t come, says resident smartass Adam Rozenhart.
  • Bring in great speakers regardless of their profile.
  • Have a social element, ie. boozing.
  • Make it paid, not free. But not much higher than this time, which was $40.
  • Weekend not weekday.
  • Get more students involved.
  • Entice people from yyc to come, since there maybe isn’t something like this there.
  • Have a session on blogging platforms.
  • Do a session on getting audiences to engage with your content, esp. on smaller sites.
  • Have panels / Don’t have panels
  • Yeglive.ca asked for feedback on the registration process. Rick Harp says it would have been neat to see who was coming in advance.
  • Would be good to see bigwigs from big media here. So, @KarenUnland says, Tell your boss what’s in it for them.
  • JasDarrah would like more about making money, making a business.

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Love your data: Math & design

By Kerry Powell

Session 2 on the Learn-it side: Design & Data

Facilitator: Tamara Stecyk
Speakers: Lucas TimmonsTanya Camp

Things we learned from Lucas’s Math for Journalists presentation:

1. Ignorance isn’t bliss.

2. Lucas likes baseball.

3. Simpson’s paradox = if you think you know the answer, you’re probably wrong.

4. The singingbanana can help you understand math in a fun way.

Damn. I’m seriously not smart enough to try to boil this down. Fortunately, Lucas blogged this presentation on the Online News Association blog.

Want more? He recommends reading How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff.

kat_szabs11:51am via Twitter for Mac

.@lucastimmons gives us reason not to get the math wrong: “You’ll be the example up here when I’m doing this presentation.”#yegmediacamp

And now, Tanya Camp with Making the story behind data come to life. And, lucky for me, she posted her presentation here.

Some highlights:

journalistjeff11:26am via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

Infographics tell a story, while data visualizations are graphical representations of the info, allowing users to find story. #yegmediacamp

SavageTiner11:29am via HootSuite

1. Show don’t tell 2. Use common icons 3. Check scale 4. Apply color wisely 5. Reduce clutter 6. Find simplexity @tanyacamp #yegmediacamp
journalistjeff11:30am via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

Less is more, if it adds ink but not data, it’s not valuable. And don’t assault people’s senses with colours, shapes and mess.#yegmediacamp
marksuits11:38am via TweetDeck

Agree! RT @TamaraStecyk: Use bar graphs because it’s easier for our minds to perceive the difference rather than pie charts. #yegmediacamp
TamaraStecyk11:44am via TweetDeck

@jaypalter @focuscom @tanyacamp and @paper_leaf make infographics in #yeg.#yegmediacamp
britl11:40am via Twitpic

Does this count? #yegmediacamp#venndiagram #needtolearnthis

TamaraStecyk11:56am via TweetDeck

Here’s my attempt (from Tagxedo). yfrog.com/oek3slwj#yegmediacamp


And we’re off!

Welcome to MediaCamp Edmonton 2012!

In true tech fashion, we’re getting started a little late this morning with a full house of word geeks and data geeks at the World Trade Centre.

On the news desk today are Kerry Powell (that’s me), Shaamini Yogaretnam and Owen Brierley, a crew of photographers and you! We’ll be posting and Storifying through the day, so keep it hot on the tweets. Use Flikr, Instagram, Facebook and we’ll suck in your brilliance to tell the story.

Setting the stage for MediaCamp Edmonton 2012