Bloggers, podcasters gather for Pittsburgh 'PodCamp'
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There were no tents or toasted marshmallows, just computers and dozens of tech-savvy counselors.
About 240 Internet media enthusiasts and professionals met in the city over the weekend for an informal conference -- called PodCamp -- to swap tips on creating blogs, podcasts and online video.
The two-day gathering at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is among several that have been organized in the United States and abroad in the past year in an effort to bring together established Internet media producers and newcomers.
One attendee, Rich Westerfield, a 51-year-old marketing consultant who was also a panelist at the event, wanted to learn how to add audio to his blog and create commercials on YouTube to help boost business for his wife's coffee shop.
He said he has been communicating with customers through his blog for more than two years.
The professionals at PodCamp come from what organizers call the social media rather than the traditional news media.
About 350 people convened for the inaugural PodCamp in Boston last fall. An earlier PodCamp was held in Pittsburgh in November. Organizers said at the time they were planning similar events in San Francisco, Berlin, Philadelphia, Toronto, Atlanta, New York and Boston.
First Published August 19, 2007 11:29 pm