September 18, 2008

The Pitch happened on Thursday, September 18th, and it was awesome. You can see my wrap-up post here, and you can be sure that when the next one is announced the details will be here on this page.

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…

Event Info

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: Thursday, September 18th, 2008. 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The McLeod Residence in Belltown – Seattle, WA. ( Google Knows )

The Pitch: There is no business model that will support a print daily product.

What else? There’s a $150 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 25 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:

Andru Edwards, who is the CEO of Gear Live Media, a weblog publishing company which contains some of the most popular technology and pop culture blogs on the Web, including it’s flagship blog, Gear Live.

Kathy Gill, who teaches digital media at the University of Washington, her work focuses on study of the blogosphere and social spaces. She writes on American Politics at

Mónica Guzmán, who is an online reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a regular participant in the Seattle tech and journalism community. She is the chief contributor to the P-I’s local news and conversation blog, The Big Blog.

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 reasonably up to date:

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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