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#journchat LIVE
Monday, August 17, 2009
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. CST
7:30 – 10:00 p.m. EST

The mission of #journchat has always been to improve the relationships between public relations professionals, journalists and bloggers. Together we’ve created a safe environment to explore each industry and ultimately how social media is influencing all of us.

The goal of #journchat LIVE is to have simultaneous live events occurring at the same time around the United States (and elsewhere if time zones permit). We’ve spent more than seven months sharing our thoughts and opinions online. While this format may not change, it was suggested that we incorporate a face-to-face event.

@prsarahevans created this weekly chat and this is from her email to me.  I was urged to take control and be the #journchat Champion for Detroit.  So far I have emailed and through some of my connections received positive feedback on the situation and a warning.

I am new to Public Relations field but I do believe in collaborative learning and I have found my way around the digital landscape and am very active in the community.  I am active in PRSA Technology but still need to get into the game and call people to interview them.

I have never been a leader.  Normally, I would rather sit behind the sidelines and then add to the conversation.   I am conquering my fear of leading, doing something positive for Detroit, and am going to try and do it maybe with out a laptop.  Which is going to be hard because a Tweetchat screen would be great on a screen so people can see the syndication.

As I have said before this is going to be a challenge.  I haven’t worked in the industry really  long and I am trying to bring everyone together .  I have included radio as well.  I believe they are in this with us and maybe if they are on Twitter they can chime in too.  They are losing jobs at a frequency close to that of the newspapers and DJs are being replaced by voice tracks and MP3 files.  People are turning to their Ipods instead of the radio.

This should be an interesting thing if everyone shows up and is involved in the conversation.

Can you give me suggestions on how to make this a great event? What do you suggest for a first time event planner? HELP!!

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FWIX screen shot

Today I am posting about my new internship opportunity with the great folks at FWIX (Feeds with in the Mix ) This is a great opportunity for me to get my foot in the door with a start up company.   I participated in Start up Weekend Detroit and I know how hard it is to start a company from scratch.  So this is providing me insight and input into the creation of this website as well as any questions or concerns I may have

FWIX is a blog aggregator.  So it takes all the best news stories and blogs and puts it on the homepage.  This is great because it is a mix of blogs and sometimes actual news stories.  To do this, Fwix pulls from thousands of sources like Yelp, Twitter, local newspapers, Zvents and now, TicketStumbler.

Ticketstumblr added to Fwix.

Ticketstumblr added to Fwix.

To make things simple.   I am writing about how to use FWIX because sometimes there  is some confusion.   This technology is ever changing and evolving so I asked for them to create neighborhoods.  Since they would like to be your local  news stand.  I contributed to the neighborhood idea.  So you can add me to your neighborhood or visit my page for more clarity then hit add neighbor.

You are probably wondering why you would want to comment twice?  They have a badge which you can add to your blog similar to the one I have on mine.  So this drives traffic to your blog and if it is chosen that day to be on the homepage you will get more traffic.  I am asking the same thing but I think they just want you to add more spice to a centrally located page.

Since there are different users on FWIX then necessarily who your audience is.  You can get more traffic to your blog this way.  Plus, who wants to hear all the doom and gloom.  When you create your own content and their isn’t doom and gloom people in Detroit can see a different side of things.  Which maybe would have been missed.

I encourage everyone to participate.  It is a young company with lots of goals and they even have an Iphone app.  Who doesn’t love an Iphone app? Well other than the people like myself who don’t have a smart phone?

This app is cool because it will be able to tell you where the HOT SPOTS are in the city you are in.  Who wouldn’t want to know where to avoid if you don’t want to deal with crowds or if you want to be in the heart of the city where the cool stuff is going on.  They also have a Blackberry one in the works. Regional news feeds come to your phone! How cool is that?

Iphone app shot!

Iphone app shot!

So do you think this cool? Do you think this is different from what you have seen before?  Could you help me to spread the word on this technology? They are ever changing and if you can help with any ideas where I might be missing then you can just let me know.  They were also featured in Techcrunch and this is what is in Crunchbase!

I prefer to be the leader of change instead of waiting for something to happen! What do you think?  If you are looking for Detroit, scroll down and it is in the bottom right corner to click on Detroit.

Let’s work together to show everyone Detroit is doing good things together! Let’s collaborate and discuss issues which are important to us! Let’s make this great! New beginnings is what everyone is looking for and with this fresh out look let’s create something positive.

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