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Here are some of the end-of-day reflections from partipants in JTM-Seattle. You can hear these and other comments by launching this audio stream, or download this MP3 podcast.

  • Journalism should expand ideas about who they are and what they do.
  • It might be a little too soon to write the obituary for legacy media. We have an opportunity be not just content creators but content incubators. I don't think we're dead yet.
  • We had a session about how mass-media can work with hyperlocal media. Hyperlocal can give mass media heart that mass media has lost and mass media can give hyperlocal extra credibility by recognizing it.
  • I've learned you cannot take certain knowledge or accepted wisdom for granted. I was shocked to learn that one person in the room had only heard of the phrase hyperlocal journalism the day before. She has been tracking hyper-local startups for years.
  • I found out that covering city hall or Olympia or city hall is not economical, it's really really expensive and it is going to be a tough nut to crack.
  • John Hammer has a new TAO of journalism idea. He likes that this group is transparent and open.
  • I learned that we are all basically squirrels on the inside.
  • I've been hearing a great spirit of collaboration. So much openness and a particular openness to collaborative.
  • She has learned to make sure that it is being frame din such a way that it inspires hope and inspires to dream of solutions rather than creating a negative image with the news.
  • I have been participating in a heartful mindful collaborative and I love it.
  • Journalism that matters, still matters.
  • I'm learning how important feelings are and discovering who Americans are and myself regarding feelings and I'm not sure if I'm doing this right -- it's about the happiness index. What if Seattle had it's own happiness index. Life would be passionate and people would be really happy.
  • Last summer I went to something called bar camp, which is kind of like this open whatever we are doing now and I was underwhelmed. There was no shared purpose at that event. This feels a lot more genuine and it involves less postering and I have been really pleasantly surprised by the conversations that I have heard today.
  • Grace said it is nice to see that we are all delirious. That captures it for me perfect. My head is spinning. We are all gathering here for our own reasons but there is a collective purpose at the heart of that. People are trying to push themselves about what's possible. There is a collective power in this room to really make a difference moving forward and move this new model of journalism that can be replicable for a decade.

Steven Wright, the mapmaker, on what he's heard

Mapmaker Steven Wright observes:

When you go deep in water there is a point where you feel like you are being pulled down. This group feels like you are still going looking and diving deeper. It's wonderful to be in a group where that is allowed.

The things that are making it to the wall are unique -- the idea of the link between the hyperlink and the heard. But what I'm hearing is fragmented still. When you look at what I've collected it doesn't have a cohesiveness yet. The map of this session may have a lot of white space in it and that is just as important as if it were full.

More reflections

Ann Stadler: "I hope we have a lot of white spaces .... the excitement I feel is moving into uncharted territory.

Commentator: The question that's coming up for me is what do we value? Is it money. It represents that there is going to be a shift. I'm not sure where it is all going to end up.

Maurreen Skowran: She explains the squirrel remark (above). We were talking about pattern recognition. We're programmed to recognize a threat and even if false we are safer to react to false threat as much as a real threat. That's the squirrel analogy. We are now looking forward. We are moving past the squirrelness.

Comment: She talks about Ron Heifitz. An adaptive leader forces something into a period of chaos to see what emerges.

Comment: Quotes from urban planner: How do you plan a city? Uncertainty is understood as a challenge, adventure, its function cannot be determined. it takes courage to sketch partial solutions. It also takes courage to design unfinished, beginning totalities. Urban planning to the rescue.

Ilona Meager: She talked about he book social intelligence in one of her groups. She has been looking at PTSD and has been learning about neuroscience and the mind. In the book Social Intelligence the writer talks about how brains are social creatures. Brains are seeking ways to mirror other individuals linked in the room. We are really linking up strongly. I think a lot of us are feeling that energy that we each have and I'm inspired for the next day.

Jody Brannon: I have been struck at this gathering, my most recent one has been Online News Association. She has found at this one less twittering, and also less density and defensiveness about main stream media. She is deeply concerned that those of us concerned about finding investigative journalism pay -- it isn't going to pay mortages. She hopes we can tackle that a bit more with some guidelines.

Commentator: It is a very chaotic time and a lot of people don't feel like they have the answer. That may be true of individuals, but as a collective mind he's heard a lot. "You may not have the answer but we collectively do."

Peggy Holman: An obvious a-ha around the question of how is this going to be paid for. She thinks that is going to be the last thing that comes. "Because the moment we answer that question, the level of innovation will fall off the cliff."

Commentator (cameraman): Passion always wins and if a guy throws a shoe at President Bush and the next day there are 10 Flash games overnight; the things I've seen on the Internet, it boggles my mind everyday, there is surplus of time and commitment to connecting to other people and there's gotta be a way of harnessing it.

Commentator: Journalism matters everywhere and at some point we are going to have like a world social conference for journalism. It's been an honor to be here.

Commentator: Not a visionary statement, he wants to thank the organizers for creating a place where personal interactions and a certain kid of social interaction is been the most encouraged. He teaches at the Univ. of Washington and talks about wearing cheaping suits and listening to panels "and these conferences are sole crushing ... the form persists in any number of other businesses." Rather than running from fear to the economic crisis people are seizing the opportunities.

End of day wrap

Stephen Silha: "Today was about possibilities and expansion. Tomorrow is more about what can we do about this. It is a design-build day. How can we role up our sleeves and do it."

Andrew Humphrey: Plugs JTM Detroit in early June: "Create or Die: Innovate, incubate and initiate." Bring together journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. We hope to start companies at that conference that will be successful. June 3-June 6. The Tigers will be playing. "Detroit is the only place where you can go out of the country for lunch."