An AJ Watershed
February 25th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

This is a great weekend to be in Raleigh, North Carolina. Forget about the BBQ. Instead, head to the annual NICAR (National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting) confab at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Or if it's too far or too late to go, then go to Twitter and do a search for the hashtag #NICAR11. Many, many attendees are doing a great job of tracking multiple presentations and hands-on workshops and then posting wonderful links to PowerPoint slides, Tipsheets (often being shared via Google Docs) and the debate about which is really the best style BBQ.

The reason we are calling this a “watershed” is that I have attended these for nearly 15+ years, and I've never seen such a wonderful compote of traditional journalists PLUS digital-savvy folks coming in from non-journalism backgrounds. This is the only way journalism — aggressive, watchdog journalism — can be saved.

Thanks to all for your investments in time, money and generous sharing.


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