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Social media project in Portland April 13, 2008

Filed under: Community,Social Media — pdxbob @ 9:44 pm
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I’ve just become certified as a producer at Portland Community Media (PCM) which televises programs created by volunteer community producers on the cable channels 11, 22 and 23 in the Portland area. In the Field Production class that I finished recently, fellow students and I produced a short film entitled “Just like your family…” about the community impact of recent court rulings that affect domestic partners. I will blog the air times and channel when I know them.

I’ve got the germ of an idea for a new film project which I’d like to get feedback on. Here is some background and a description of what I think the project will be.

Social media has really taken off in the Portland area. There are personal as well as community blogs, and lots of people using Twitter, the micro-blogger that has generated an explosion in the number of front-end applications for reading and writing “tweets” from a computer or a phone.

Get-togethers (I like the word better than meetings) are also increasing. I’ve attended the Portland Net Tuesdays monthly meet-up on non-profits and technology. There are Beer and Blog meetings where more experienced bloggers help out others with blog tech. Startupalooza is a free local conference for learning about new startups that don’t necessarily have a significant financial backing yet. I could go on and on.

My media project idea is to produce a film, probably 30 to 60 minutes long, where some of the more active players in the local social media scene are interviewed about the past, present and future of social media in Portland. If you’re a web denizen who spends hours a day on the web reading from the blogosphere, from twitter and interacting with other Portlanders, then this film will provide a good opportunity for you to get the message out to the rest of the Portland community.

I’m going to send out invitations to people I know (or know about) who would be great interviewee candidates. If you know someone or are interested in being interviewed yourself, please let me know.
I’d also like to hear what it is you would want to know from the social media experts. What questions should I ask them?

Let me know either through comments or direct email if you are interested in being interviewed, want to recommend others to be interviewed, have a question you think would make a good query or just want to let me know what you think of the project.

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2 Responses to “Social media project in Portland”

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  2. […] tonight. I explained my film idea, we looked at Twitter and a little at some social media sites. My original plan was to create a film of 30-45 minutes, integrating interview clips, screencasts, B-roll film of […]


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