Friday, August 25, 2006

Swedish Innovation Journalism Program Growing Up

The Swedish Innovation Journalism program has matured, and the Director General of VINNOVA, Dr Per Eriksson, has now decided to endorse it as a part of regular Swedish innovation policy. I will be shaping the long term program together with division directors at VINNOVA as from this autumn.

Per Eriksson was the first policy maker in the world to support the concept of Innovation Journalism. I started the initial Innovation Journalism program as a pilot directly under him in 2003.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Slovenia's First InJo Projects - Press Conference

The Director General of the National Slovenian Technology Agency (TIA), Dr. Marta Svetina, has decided to support three specific projects as a start of the "Innovation Journalism program in Slovenia". I have received an inspiring letter from Dr. Svetina, where she states her hopes and intentions to support the development of independent innovation journalism, and to strengthen the interaction between Slovenia and the program at Stanford. I am looking forward to it.

The projects were announced at a press conference in Ljubljana today, writes Violeta Bulc on her Slovenian Innovation Journalism Blog. Violeta is the entrepreneur behind the InJo push in Slovenia. The projects:

1. The prize contest “The Best Innovation Journalism Media Contribution in 2006”,
2. “Innovative Local Community (Pilot Project in Slovenia)”
3. “First European Workshop on Innovation Journalism”, 18th October 2006 in Ljubljana.

Violeta reports that "..more or less all national and local media were present at the press conference. 11 reporters and their teams were from the national TV station, local TV stations, national radio, 2 national newspapers…"

InJo Workshop at PICNIC Conference, Amsterdam Sep 29

The European Journalism Center will be hosting a workshop on Innovation Journalism at the PICNIC Conference in Amsterdam. I will be speaking at the event.

Workshop: Innovation Journalism
Time: 9:00- 13:00

Event Description: Workshop for journalists on how to cover innovation and identify and report on key issues in the innovation systems, from main actors to their agendas and their interactions with each other.
Partner: European Journalism Centre
Contact: Emma Elliott
Telephone: +31 43 325 4030