Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Advance Info on the Conference

The Cutting Edge
comes to the Cutting Edge

of E&P/Mediaweek Interactive Conference
MAY 23-24

Innovation, animation, imagination: One of the nation's longest-running new media conferences comes to Miami Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24. It's the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show, presented by E&P and sister publication Mediaweek, at the Radisson Miami.

Some of the nation's leading executives, editors and publishers from the top media Web sites will attend, and the first winners of the Knight News Challenge will be announced on Thursday. The Knight initiative offers $5 million this year for news experiments that use digital media to foster community.

"The First YouTube Election" will be among the special presentations at the conference covered by top journalism students from Florida International University's award-winning School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

"We're really looking forward to the experience," said Joel Marino, editor of FIU's student newspaper, The Beacon. "The agenda promises some exciting new developments in new media, and it will be a great experience for us as journalism students to cover these events and meet some of the leading innovators in new media in the nation."

The students' breaking news blog coverage will be posted throughout the conference and will also be available through Editor & Publisher's Website.

Keynote speakers include Sarah Chubb, president of CondeNet, on Wednesday, and Mark Lukasiewicz, VP/digital media at NBC News, Thursday morning. Caroline H. Little, CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, will speak at the EPpy luncheon on May 24.

Panels will cover topics including user-generated content, advances in video, old and new-media integration, and the latest on blogging.
The 12th annual EPpy awards also will be announced and presented at a closing luncheon.

Editor & Publisher lists confirmed conference panelists including David Payne, senior VP and general manager of CNN.com; Chuck Cordray, VP and general manager for digital media at Hearst magazines; Gail Griffin, general manager of The Wall Street Journal Online; Dwight Silverman, interactive editor at the Houston Chronicle; Josh Quittner, editor of Business 2.0; Chris Cillizza, political blogger at washingtonpost.com; and Leon Levitt, VP/digital media for Cox Newspapers.

Others include Alan Citron, general manager of TMZ.com; Michael Daecher, senior vp of About.com; Raul Lopez, interactive general manager at the Miami Herald; Betsy Morgan, senior vp of CBS Interactive; Kathy Rebello, executive editor of BusinessWeek.com, and Andrea Lynn, multimedia director of the Naples Daily News.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit www.editorandpublisher.com

E&P Staff contributed to this report.