Social Media Week was a success in Chicago, and also around the world. Hosted by the Zócalo Group and The Chicago Tribune, the weeklong focus on social media ranged from discussion topics on mobile applications and the newest technology, to also focusing on how the traditional media (such as radio, TV and newspapers) are currently making a transition to current technology and social media.
Bill Adee, vice president for digital development and operations at the Chicago Tribune, moderated a panel on Friday, September 23, 2011, at the Tribune Tower. The panel was called "Reinventing a Media Career on Alternative Platforms", and among the speakers on the panel were Richard Roeper, Nancy Loo (WGN), Robert Feder (media critic for TimeOutChicago), and Steve Dahl (of the Steve Dahl radio show).
Each had interesting pieces of advice on how they are personally using social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and keeping on top of blogging (mostly on Wordpress platform) to maintain their audience and fans in the current generation.
Social media is seems is vastly relevant and effective means of communicating between all types of people now. It opens the spectrum between the average viewer and opens up a flow of conversation between the media industry professionals. For example, during the panel, Nancy Loo had a Twitter feed open and was chatting with online observers and panel attendees all during it, to show the influence it has to open up conversation. Also mentioned by one attendee, Social Media Week "has connected 41 million people" during the course of the week's events.
There was also much more advice written on the Twitter feed (#SMWreboot specifically for the Friday night panel). For those interested in catching up on the many good pieces of advice given by the panelists, which there was a lot of, and also recapped by journalists and people such as Amy Guth, social media manager at the Tribune, be sure to check out Twitter and for #SMWreboot (or just click the link - I did the hard work for you!).
For a full rundown of Tweets and snippets of advice from Social Media Week attendees and reporters during all the events, take a look at #SMWChicago.