My coworker Lauren and I were in D.C. last week attending the Online News Association's annual convention. And that's where I got sick.
The warm, cold, warm weather got to me, and I came back to Knoxville with a sore throat and lots of congestion. I was getting better again but then I was out on assignment last night when it was pretty cold and I think my throat has gotten worse. I just feel this dormant lingering in my throat. It's going to bad. :(
D.C. was quite nice. I had forgotten how lovely it is to live in a city. Made me think of Philadelphia and the time I lived near 22nd and Spruce there. Good times.
We met some interesting folk in D.C. Our friends at the Roanoke.com and TheSmokingGun.com won awards in their respective catergories, so we were happy to be hanging out among winners. We met Craig Newmark of craigslist.com fame; he was such a nice guy. I mentioned how I was the victim of fraud via a posting on craigslist and he took great concern and made sure I contacted him. While I doubt anything is possible, it was nice to know that a man who many newspaper classified managers loathe can be really quite sweet.
Mark Cuban spoke and his train of thought was refreshing.
We also got to meet two of the guys who started TheSmokingGun.com web site so that was neat. They were at our table for the banquet dinner and it was great fun to mutter jokes under our breath trying to guess who would win.
What was interesting -- and in my eyes -- a reason as to why the news industry is behind of the times technologically is that many of the folks at the big companies didn't care to talk to young women who worked in smaller markets. (Yes, I did get the feeling of 'ugh' when I approached random people to chat/network.) By talking to that demographic, bigger companies can learn more about innovation and meet folk who actually know how to get stuff done, not just push shovelware around on a site all day or talk about buzz words like web 2.0. Their loss.
Another interesting note is that a few smart editors there were talking to younger folk and seeing what they were interested in. It was basically an informal job fair. What better way to keep your eyes out on good talent. Their loss II.