Under the Umbrian Sun: How To Enjoy the International Journalism Fest From Afar

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By Karen Fratti Comment

ijf14If you aren’t a little jealous of everyone in Perugia at the International Journalism Festival, you must be somewhere really nice. What’s better than an international program of speakers, talking about actually practicing journalism, in Umbria? If you’re there, just try not to brag.

Time to mute all the #ijf14 tweets before I am sick with envy

— Jacob Harris (@harrisj) April 30, 2014

But actually, please, do tweet. Though I’ve ranted about following Twitter chats, I have no qualms about hashtags. The festival is happening in Italy, so if you’re on the east coast, perusing #ijf14 tweets is a perfect way to spend your commute and be inspired. If you’re on the west coast, or anywhere in between, I’m sorry to say you’ll have to adjust for the time difference yourself. The festival organizers have also compiled a Twitter list of all the speakers, so waste some time seeing who you’re missing out on and follow them.

I spent a lot of time in Italy, so I’m well prepared to read things in Italian and appreciate how Italian journalists operate. It’s almost a political, or at least activist, act. Which is why I’m surprised that they’re letting TIM, the Italian Comcast, handle the livestream. Chissa perche (insert handgesture here). With time differences and poor prompts, it’s confusing and difficult to find a schedule. You can give it a go here. Or just head to the festival’s homepage by late afternoon each day to watch the panels. It’s much more efficient, in my humble, cable-company-hating opinion.

Any panel you’re looking forward to hearing? Want to buy me a ticket for next year? Let me know in the comments or @10,000Words.

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