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Sunday, April 3 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Blogging the District: How to Be Hyperlocal

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Washington, DC has some of the best examples of "hyperlocal" blogs--blogs covering one small, unique area in an in-depth an insightful way. We're bringing in some of DC's best hyperlocal voices to chat about why they do what they do, and how students can get more involved in their community, if they like.


  • Moderator: Alla Goldman, Bivings Group (@allagoldman) - Alla is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has been blogging and making websites non-stop since the days of LiveJournal and Diaryland. She currently works as a social media associate at the Bivings Group, focusing in digital strategy and front-end web development. Her personal blog is on Tumblr – a platform she is evangelically passionate about. Originally from Russia, Alla’s work background lies heavily in the public sector and foreign policy analysis, with previous jobs at the State Department and for the US Department of Defense.
  • Amy Melrose, Free in DC Blog (@freeindcblogAmy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. Visit Free in DC at http://www.freeindc.blogspot.com and follow @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and Free in DC on facebook.
  • Matt Rhoades, Borderstan (@borderstan) - Matt Rhoades is the editor and co-founder of Borderstan.com. He and his husband, Luis Gomez -- who is the co-editor -- founded the site in August 2008. Borderstan covers the Dupont-Logan-U Street area with a team of eight contributors and three editors. Rhoades works in the the corporate communications sector by day. He has a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in public communication from American University. Gomez is a professional photographer who also worked as a photojournalist and has a degree in journalism/communications.
  • Amos Snead, Famous DC (@amossnead) - Amos Snead is a communications professional with a proven track record of success on behalf of high-profile corporate, association and government entities. Amos plays a key role at Story Partners, providing clients with communications guidance that is informed by his in-depth experience working with leading print, broadcast and online journalists. He is also the founder of FamousDC, one of the most widely-read and talked-about blogs in the Beltway. We take a humorous look at politics, sports, entertainment and the goings on in the capital that matter most to our audience.
  • Dave Stroup (@davestroup) - Dave Stroup is a technology professional and online activist from Washington, D.C. In January 2011, he successfully led a grassroots effort to draft Bryan Weaver for D.C. City Council. Dave is a former editor of DCist and presently advises the Weaver campaign on social media and online organizing strategy.
  • Justin Young, ReadySetDC (@readysetdc) - Justin Young is a Washington, DC-area native. He studied fine art and graphic design at the School of Art in Design at Montgomery College and went on to found ReadysetDC, a local online magazine, and ReadysetCreative, a DC-based creative agency offering web, design, branding and marketing services, both in 2009. Through personal and client projects he seeks to create impact and shed light on DC's creative community.

Sunday April 3, 2011 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
SIS Room 120 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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