Thursday, May 20, 2010

INVITATION: Please join us June 23-25 in Columbia, Mo., to build the market for digital information

You're receiving this email because of your interest in the work of the
Information Valet Project at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
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-- bill densmore

Here's an important item for your date book for June 23-25. Please forward
or repost, and make plans to join us in Columbia. Decisions will be made.


"From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information" -- An
action congress for trust, identity and Internet information commerce serving
newspapers and beyond. An unveiling of a 148-page business plan for an industry


June 23-25, 2010 / Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of
Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Full registration, including meals: $95.00.



Eighteen months ago, about 60 people gathered on the American prairie and set
out to describe a blueprint for a new information economy that would be based
upon trust, identity and commerce. On June 24, at that same prairie meeting
spot, some of them will start building it. Do you want to be among the 80
founders, architects and builders? You're invited.


This is not a conference, or a summit. It's a public ***congress*** -- of news
and information service providers -- organized by U.S. state press associations
and the Reynolds Institute, an ideas-experiments-research center affiliated
with the Missouri School of Journalism, the nation's oldest.

In this ultra-fast-moving information ecosystem, we have two intentions:

-- Consider establishing a non-profit collaborative that will specify
standards, platforms and protocols for a digital information marketplace;
supporting investment and partnering with operating companies and,

-- Define and start raising money for an operating company or association that
answers to, and primarily serves and benefits, ***all*** America's newspapers --
and is focused on profitably sharing, protecting and managing their digital


Questions? Do you have a paper or presentation you want to add to our
pre-congress reading list? Materials about a service or product you'd like to
have made available? Contact us.

Bill Densmore, Consultant
Reynolds Journalism Institute
201 RJI Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia MO 65211
573-882-9812 / VOICE MAIL/CELL: 617-448-6600 FOLLOW: @infovalet

Bill Monroe, consulting director
Multistate Digital Task Force
c/o Iowa Press Association


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