This weekend: Build your digital toolbox and find out what to do if your website is hacked


Podcamp Pittsburgh 7
Tomorrow and Sunday, join lots of interesting folks at Podcamp Pittsburgh, to discuss the online world and what you can do with it (and what you can do for it).

I’ll be there to catch up with old friends and make some new. I’m also giving a talk Saturday: “My Website Was Hacked! Now What?” I’ve had an unfortunate amount of experience in the last few years unhacking sites. This is your chance to gain some benefit from my suffering experience.

Find out more and register (for FREE!) at the Podcamp Pittsburgh website.

Women and Girls Foundation honors “Women in Media”


Women in Media event invitation graphic

Each year, the Women and Girls Foundation honors a group of women who are “engaged in dynamic work in exciting and challenging career fields in Southwestern Pennsylvania.” This year they are celebrating “Women in Media,” and I’m privileged to have been selected among the honorees.

The award ceremony will be part of the WGF annual gala on November 6 at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, from 6 – 10 p.m. It’s going to be a terrific occasion, emceed by Laverne Baker Hotep, Patrice King Brown, Eleanor Schano and Sally Wiggin.

WGF’s “Women in Media” event will feature a keynote address by award winning filmmaker and grandniece of media tycoon Walt Disney, Abigail Disney. Disney’s first film, the feature-length documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which won the Best Documentary Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, tells the inspirational story of the women of Liberia and their successful efforts to bring peace to their broken nation after decades of destructive civil war. Disney will give a keynote address at the awards ceremony on the power of media and women’s voices to bring peace to the world, and her film will be screened after the ceremony.

Trailer for Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Join us at the event! Get details, buy tickets, or become a sponsor at the WGF Women in Media event page.

I am thrilled to be part of this, and I want to congratulate the other honorees and Ginny Montanez, who has been selected for a Special Award of Distinction. I’m thankful to the event host committee for including me with these amazing women.

Find out more about the good work of the Women and Girls Foundation at their website.

Event: Summer Chamber Mixer at the Foxburg Inn


View from the river deck at the Foxburg InnHere’s a fun upcoming business mixer: Members of the Butler County, Clarion, Franklin and Venango Area Chambers of Commerce are invited to the Foxburg Inn on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. The event will be held on the river deck overlooking the beautiful Allegheny River. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m. and is free to chamber members. Guests will enjoy samplings of wine, chocolate and appetizers courtesy of Foxburg Winery, Divani Chocolates, Foxburg Pizza and Allegheny Grille.

Find out more on the Foxburg Inn website. RSVP to your respective chamber of commerce.

The Foxburg Inn is a client of Big Big Design, and we’re also members of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, so for us this is a particularly pleasant combination. We hope to see you there.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3


It’s back! Pittsburgh’s social media conference returns for the third year running, with great sessions, awesome networking opportunities, and unexpected unexpectedness.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will take place on October 18 and 19, 2008, with a meet-and-greet the evening of October 17.

WHEN: October 18 and 19, 9am to 4pm each day

WHERE: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (map/directions)

COST: free!

Register today.

See the PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 schedule. Add a session you’d like to give, or request one you’d like to attend.

Would you like to sponsor PodCamp Pittsburgh 3? Find out how.

In addition to the two days of conference, there will be a meet-n-greet reception the night before, 6 to 9pm at AlphaLab on Pittsburgh South Side. Details for the reception here.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3


PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 is the third iteration of a community UnConference for people who create, enjoy or are interested in learning more about blogs, vlogs, audio podcasts, web video, content networks and new media monetization.

  • WHEN: Saturday, October 18 through Sunday, October 19, from 9 AM to 4 PM each day
  • WHERE: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, 15219
  • WHO: New media experts, new media creators, aspiring new media creators, communications and PR personnel, and you!
  • HOW MUCH: Free!

Registration will open soon at the PodCamp Pittsburgh website . Mark your calendar!

Marketing for Nonprofits Workshop


My colleague Karen Bryant will be presenting an all-day marketing class at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management this Thursday. There are still a few spots open.

Marketing for Nonprofits: Five Keys to a Winning Marketing Plan.
Every nonprofit needs a strategic marketing plan to attract clients, secure funding and get noticed. This practical, how-to session presents the five keys to a winning marketing plan in easy-to-understand language with case studies, sample material, hands-on activities and a marketing plan template. Participants begin the marketing planning process in class and leave with the tools to complete and execute it. No budget is too small; these techniques and materials work for everyone.

Presenter: Karen Bryant has over 25 years experience working in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Today, she merges her corporate marketing know-how to help nonprofits to take advantage of marketing and branding strategies utilized by successful companies. Her Pittsburgh clients include YouthWorks, Inc., Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Elisco Advertising and Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, to name a few.

Thursday March 27, 2008
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Regional Enterprise Tower
425 6th Avenue, Suite 2610
Downtown Pittsburgh
Fee: $100
Contact: Ivana Spehar 412-397-6000

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 planning meeting


There will be another PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 planning meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:30 PM at the Creative Treehouse in Bellevue.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Progress to date
  • Subcommittee leader assignments
  • Possible speakers from outside Pittsburgh
  • Next steps

As Justin says, “If you have any questions, concerns or cupcakes, please bring them to the meet-up.”

Digital Democracy Conference


If you’re interested in new media/social media, the evolution of journalism, and how both interact with the political process, here’s an event you’ll want to know about. I received this announcement from Bob Mayo, a journalist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who also blogs at The Busman’s Holiday.

Digital Democracy is a special event happening here in Pittsburgh next month. This is a project I’ve been working on for months and I’m excited to let you know about it now.

It’s a conference that will explore how the digital revolution — including blogs, online video, websites and social media — is changing traditional news media coverage and citizens’ access to the political process.

The event includes national-caliber speakers who are coming to town on Saturday, March 15.

Its website is now online at:

Our speakers include:

  • New York Times Online Politics Editor Kate Phillips, who writes for and edits The Caucus, The New York Times politics news blog.
  • Executive Editor Matthew Sheffield
  • Senior Fellow & Director of Special Projects Paul Waldman
  • Hearst-Argyle Director of Digital Media Content Jacques Natz
  • J-Lab Executive Director Jan Schaffer
  • Media Bloggers Association President Robert Cox

Other speakers include former USA Today reporter Toni Locy, who’s topic is “Subpoenaed For Her Sources”. She’s the subject of a contempt-of-court request for her refusal to identify sources who provided her information about the 2001 anthrax attacks and the subsequent investigation.

There will also be sessions on “Bloggers as Journalists and Journalists as Bloggers”, on new media skills and digital literacy for reporters, and on Open Records laws.

Digital Democracy is a Society of Professional Journalists regional conference, hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter. Region 4 covers Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, but the event can draw from beyond. Its something for all journalists — and you don’t have to be a member of SPJ. In fact, given the theme, bloggers, students, and others with an interest and involvement in the conference theme are welcome to attend. The Digital Democracy website has links for online registration and there’s a special rate for students and SPJ members.