Monthly Archives: November 2012

Introducing #nuala, my Ignite talk at News Foo

Anybody following #newsfoo will have a glimpse of just how great it is to be back at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University this weekend for the third News Foo Camp, an annual gathering of tech, journalism, and policy enthusiasts hosted by Google, the Knight Foundation, and O’Reilly Media.  Tonight I’ll be delivering my first Ignite talk here in Phoenix.

This series of zippy five-minute presentations backed by twenty auto-advancing slides has for me been a highlight of past News Foos, and this go-around I’ll be tackling the topic of electricity in Ireland, looking at the country’s history through the lens of my mom’s experience. She was six years old when she first witnessed the “miracle” of electricity in her home, a single light bulb installed in her kitchen.

If you’re interested, you can follow along and/or contribute from afar (estimated start time somewhere between 9:35-9:59 p.m. MST / 11:35-11:59 p.m. EST) via Twitter (#nuala), and I’ll share the YouTube video as soon as it’s live.

It’s certainly humbling to be in the company of all the other Igniters tonight, so please be sure to keep an eye on the talks from Brian Conley, Sara Critchfield, Sam Gregory, Adriano Farano, Chase Davis, and Laura Ramos as well.

Looking forward!

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An autumn update

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been rather head-down focused on my manuscript — with a few detours to the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and the Boston Book Festival.  I’ll write more down the road about some of the restructuring, rewriting, and other editing involved, but just a quick note here for now to report that everything is coming together nicely.

Needless to say, during this season of Thanksgiving I’m particularly grateful for the New York Public Library and a few local cafes, especially 88 Orchard, Grounded, and Think Coffee, for the roles they’ve played throughout the process.

A bit more to do, but getting there!


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