Friday Conference Gossip
Random tips and tidbits from the EWA conference: Kent Fischer of the Dallas Morning News is, thanks to his new and wildly successful DISD blog, the happiest journalist I've seen in a while...John Merrow's shop, LMI, is apparently working on a new segment for the PBS NewsHour about student incentive programs, and trying out some interesting new things...Lots of traditional journalists -- Roz Rossi (Chicago Sun Times), Dale Mezeccappa (Philly Notebook), and others -- seem pretty interested in blogging and may be on the verge of following Scott, Kent, and others into the bloggy world. I'm excited and fearful at the same time.... Communications folks who work for education organizations still seem to be sticking to the traditional things: press releases, events, newsletters, etc. -- and are still reluctant to get involved with blogs and blog comments even when we're talking about their issues and organizations. I dare them to make a comment on this blog just to show that the world will not end if they do...Things may be rough for education journalists in the news industry, but times are still good for the education PR/marketing folks, I'm told. The recession hasn't hit the foundations, yet...New blog I've never heard of but sounds good: The Daily Coyote...Folks are talking about who might replace Russ Whitehurst at IES, and whether the effort to separate IES from the USDE will continue... The Exxon Mobile folks treated us to a nice reception last night, featuring the first African-American astronaut to walk in space. He told me that when he does school visits kids ask him things like Are you rich, what's it like to be weightless, and how do you go to the bathroom? A conference is barely a conference without party boys Josh Benton and Greg Toppo helping rounds folks up to find a nearby bar. We miss you, guys...Last but not least, the Gates Foundation's Marie Groark made my day by saying that sometimes she liked reading my blog, and sometimes it scared her. Just the reaction I'm looking for.
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