December 12, 2008

The Pitch happened on Wednesday, December 10th, and it was great. You can see some of the buzz here in my roundup post.


The Pitch is a local Eat Sleep Publish event where anyone interested in the future of publishing is welcome to come and share their thoughts.

When: Wednesday, December 10th, 2008. 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Lucid in the U-District – Seattle, WA. ( Google Knows )

The Pitch: An established newspaper will never be able to provide better hyperlocal coverage than a well-managed neighborhood blog.

What else? There’s a $200 bar tab for participants in The Pitch, so get there early and drink often.

The Official Guest List is on The venue fills up at 30 people, so be sure to put your name down before the space runs out.

Who’s Speaking?

The Pitch functions mostly as a round table discussion, which means it’s not a very speaker-focused event. That said, each event is jump-started by a few knowledgeable people giving their five-minute take on the subject.

This time around, here’s who we’ll be hearing from:

Tracy Record has worked to hunt, gather, process, analyze, and share information in a multitude of media pretty much around the clock since age 17. Not much has changed, really; she is the nonstop force of nature behind Seattle’s famous West Seattle Blog.

Curt Milton has worked at the P-I since 1995 as a copy editor, page designer and artist. He’s now learning how to be a web producer and spends more time online than it is safe to admit. He’s also an occasional contributor to The Big Blog.

Justin Carder has worked in the online media business for over 10 years in the Seattle area, first as a reporter at MSNBC, and then later as a product planner at Microsoft. He’s also the publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog network.

Impressed? You should be. Sign up and join the discussion.

Who else is already on-board?

So far, you can expect to see the following fine folks at The Pitch this coming September. The complete, official guest list is self-serve over on Upcoming, but I’m going to try to keep this list as up to date as I can:

  • Mónica Guzmán (The Big Blog)
  • Seth Long
  • Paul Balcerak
  • Wade Rockett
  • Tri Nguyen (Columbia City Blog)
  • eljope
  • Danielle Morrill
  • Tamara W
  • mcamy
  • sn0tty
  • Jason Preston (Eat Sleep Publish)

Wanna hang with these cool peeps? Get on the guest list.

How does this event work?

The Pitch is essentially a round table. Each event has a guiding question (or pitch) that the group is trying to dissect, analyze, and understand.

At the beginning of the event, a couple of special guests will present their five-minute version of Things As They Are, and What Can Be Done. Basically, the idea is to get everyone up to speed, and get the brief insight of a few knowledgeable people to set the stage for a larger discussion.

After that, the floor is open to everyone (I will be moderating). There is one microphone that will be passed around the group, and the entire event is made into an audio recording that will be sent to the attendees.

I encourage participants to be uploading photos, tweeting, or blogging their thoughts during, before, after, inside, on, around, adjacent from, or perpendicular to the event. Hopefully, we can collectively take some baby steps in understanding what publishing and journalism are becoming.

What are you waiting for? Put your name on the list.

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Pick up some snazzy graphics to let your friends know how cool you are. Just copy the code below the button you like and paste it into your site HTML—probably in your sidebar would be good—then stand back and admire.

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Past Events

Event Buzz – Who’s wagging their tongue?

Find out what people are saying about The Pitch by clicking on links.

From Brier Dudley (The Seattle Times):

The fate of the daily print media is the first topic to be covered in a new series of free, public salon discussions in Seattle…

From Renkoo Blog:

Are you interested in the future of publishing? Do you like hosted bar tabs? Are you near Seattle? Then get thee to The Pitch tonight at the McLeod Residence….

From Warren Sukernek (Twittermaven):

Last night I attended The Pitch, an awesome meeting devoted to Thoughts on the future of publishing organized by Jason Preston…