I opened the nominations with Jeff Jarvis, the entreprising journalist who knows more about failed ideas than I've ever seen in an NBC telecast. I've listened to Jeff since before the Like Button was invented and perhaps that colours my judgment because I can read into his east coast sense of humour. My German side also enjoys the way he pokes his finger in the eyes of mainstream thought auf Deutsch during the weeks he spends consulting with Germany companies.
So my dream would be to get Jeff into Ireland in time for a Wednesday TWiG, have him record the session while surrounded by Irish journalists and journalism students inside Google-Ireland, then put him into a whirlwind tour of Irish start-ups as he examines the ways text and reportage is making their way onto small screens in the hands of Irish twentysomethings.
I'm working with a Transition Year class (11th grade in American high school terms) on traditional journalism and with an e-publishing class at third level. I'd like to figure out a way to have Jeff meet those students as well as land in the middle of RTE Digital, Woop.ie and Storyful. His acerbic wit would entertain all around.
Friday night puts Jeff front-and-centre into the May 2013 CESImeet and Saturday means opening the 2013 ICT in Education Conference on the Thurles campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology. I would like him to address failures and how we treat them.
I haven't asked Jeff if he's interested in visiting Ireland but didn't think putting a blog post out about this mind fart would hurt anything.
Jeff, what do you think about spending four days in May in Ireland?