Blogs With Balls Conference: The New Playground
At our first event, a good portion of the first three panels were spent talking about this microblogging platform Twitter that all the kids were using. We like to think we’ve come a long way since then, though admittedly there is always room to learn more when it comes to the cross-section of news and social innovation.
Each year since that first event we’ve dedicated a panel to looking at said cross-section. This year’s group, however, was composed to focus not as heavily on the platform, but the users of those platforms – the communities themselves – from blogger, network and brand perspectives.
Event Starts at 10:00 AM ET
Amy K. Nelson is senior correspondent for SB Nation and host of The Full Nelson as part of SB Nation’s YouTube channel. She previously covered major league baseball for ESPN.com and was was part of the site’s Enterprise team. Born and raised on the north shore of Massachusetts and a graduate of Hampshire College, Nelson has been covering professional sports for close to 12 years.
Justin Bassett is de facto liaison for the growing reddit sports community. With reddit, he is responsible for moderating content, fostering community growth, and organizing reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” features. Previously, he worked on the launch of Bloomberg Sports. Justin, 22, lives in New York City and is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee.
Jaime Hamel, is a Digital Strategist for the S3 Agency by day and co-founder of the Sports Hernia Blog by night (and very early mornings). He spearheads social strategy for a number of brands including Eight O’Clock Coffee, Tetley Tea and BMW Motorcycles. The father of two lives in the Garden State, but has roots in the biggest little state of the Union. He is proud of his French Canadian heritage, but is baffled by the fact that his parents refused to let him play hockey as a kid.
Bleacher Report managing editor Tim Wood is a 20-year veteran of the sports media business. He began his career as publications director for the New York Yankees and was one of the first editors of the pre-MLBAM Yankees.com. In various stops along the way, Wood has been an award-winning newspaper columnist, magazine editor, TV and radio personality, minor-league baseball GM and online sports editor before joining B/R in 2010.
Luke Chatelain specializes in strategy and ideation around social products and engagements that provide value to users. For the past seven years, Luke has worked with brands such as Vespa, Hootsuite, Viacom, The Onion, Novartis, Pfizer and AOL on strategy and technical implementation for digital products, applications and social web development. Besides strategy and ideation Luke dabbles in code to help give himself a better understanding of what hurdles can be solved through technology. Luke’s technology background includes a Masters in Biotechnology, a Minor in Computer Information Systems, experience with a broad range of programming languages and an overall love of everything internet. However, his passion doesn’t lay solely in internet memes and lolcats, he is also a hardcore Detroit sports fan, a certified PADI diver, a video game junky and an art collector.