Sydney Writers’ Festival

We are fast approaching the Sydney Writers’ Festival (May 18-24). While I would love to attend everything on the agenda that seems impossible. Instead I’m going to attempt to attend two of the “New Media” program strands sessions (as below).

Sunday, May 24 2009

The Blogosphere
Event 280
10:00 – 11:00
Sydney Dance Company, Studio 2/3 Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

James Maskalyk’s and Christian Lander’s books found their genesis in the new and powerful form of journalism, the blogosphere. Antony Loewenstein’s The Blogging Revolution is about the global tribe of bloggers who live and write under repressive regimes. They traverse this terrain and consider its power with newmatilda.com’s Ben Pobjie.

Bloggers vs Journalists, Round 378
Event 324
15:30 – 17:00
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St The Rocks

If bloggers are all wannabe journalists and journalists are all complacent hacks, why do so few manage to cross over? Rachel Hills talks to four blogger/journalists who’ve excelled in both fields: Erica Bartle, Tim Blair, Margo Kingston and Antony Loewenstein.

Will you be taking place in any parts of the Sydney Writers’ Festival? What are you looking forward to doing and seeing? Let me know in the comments.

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