ScoutComms at the 2012 MilBlog Conference
For as long as there have been blogs, there have been milbloggers. For seven years, Military.com has been hosting an annual MilBlog Conference to bring together the disparate voices of the military blogging community.
This year, ScoutComms President Fred Wellman will moderate the panel on social media. From errant Tweets by the Navy to individuals making racial jokes on their personal accounts, the conversation about social media is relevant and wide-ranging. Expect a lively discussion between Fred, panelists, and the audience. Follow @FPWellman on Twitter to be part of the conversation.
Join us May 11-12 in Arlington, VA, for what promises to be a slate of interesting panels. The conference is drawing top journalists, service branch representatives, bloggers, Veterans Affairs representatives, and non-profit organizations. Check out the lineup:
Military and the Media
Panel will examine the changing role of traditional and nontraditional media and their coverage of defense issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How did the different kinds of media coverage change and evolve over the past 10 years of conflict? What were the key accomplishments and what will defense coverage look like going forward as a new defense posture and budget realities emerge in a post-war era?
Moderator: Jamie McIntyre, (NPR)
Panel: Jim Dao (NY Times), Greg Jaffe (Washington Post) Austin Wright (Politico.com)
Benefits: Promises Delivered, Delayed or Dismissed?
After a decade plus of combat operations the issue of how we care for our veterans is taking center stage. From changing retirement time frames to medical care and wounded warrior programs, this panel will examine if the promises made to our fighting forces are being delivered, delayed or dismissed.
Moderator: Rick Maze (Military Times Newspapers)
Panelists: VADM Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN-Ret (MOAA), Tom Tarantino (IAVA), Brandon Friedman (VA), Terry Howell (Military.com), Kristle Helmuth (Author: The Story of a True American Hero, His Princess, and their Struggle with TBI/PTSD), Chazz Pratt (USAA’s Military Veterans Community Manager)
Rise of Social Media in Service Branches
From the Arab Spring to the Twitter war between NATO and the Taliban; social media is the next emerging voice in covering world news and defense issues. Is social media a source for news? An extension of a blog? Is it the front lines of direct communication between entities, or just an information source? This panel will look at how the service branches have responded to the rise in social media and examine how social media is changing reporting and information dissemination in the defense arena.
Moderator: Frederick P. Wellman, Moderator (ScoutComms)
Panelists: LCDR Chris Servello (Navy), Greg Reeder (Marine Corps), Chris Lagan (Coast Guard)
Pen and Sword: MilBloggers Who Had An Impact
Discuss with key military bloggers their experiences blogging from and about the front lines. This panel will look at the evolution of milblogging and how it changed the information flow out of war zones as well as how it made stories that became headlines. We’ll talk to key bloggers about their process, the roadblocks they faced from the military and how they evolved as writers and newsmakers in their own right.
Moderator: Jacey Eckhart (SpouseBUZZ)
Panelists: Alex Horton (VA), Matthew Burden (Blackfive), JP Borda (Milblogging.com), Matt Gallagher (IAVA), Tara Crooks (Army Wife Network- Loving A Soldier, USAA’s Military Spouse Community Manager), and 1st Lt. Hannah He (US Army)
Ready to sign up? Register here! Prices go up on April 30.