Gearing up for the New Communications Forum 2005

Planning proceeds apace for New Communications Forum 2005, the twin conferences taking place in the US and France, the first of which is scheduled for 26-27 January in Napa, California.

If you’re in the communication profession – in PR, marketing, advertising, employee communication, etc – and if you are considering starting a corporate blog, want to learn how to maximize your current blog, or learn more about the benefits of other tools like wikis and RSS newsfeeds, you should attend one of these events.

The organizers, Gullaume du Gardier and Elizabeth Albrycht, have announced some new developments:

  • A new member of the “Blogging and Journalism” panel is Jeremy Wright, the high-profile Canadian business blogger who was dooced this week. Jeremy joins Dan Forbush, founder and president of ProfNet; Tom Foremski, veteran tech journalist, ex-Financial Times US west coast correspondent and writer of the Silicon Valley Watcher blog; and Heath Row, editorial and community director at, where his responsibilities also embrace managing the development of new web content and services including FC Now, the Fast Company team blog.
  • An additional panel on 27 January in partnership with Corante. Called “True Voice: The Power Laws and You,” the panel will be moderated by Stowe Boyd of Corante’s Get Real blog. He will be joined by Greg Reinacker, the Founder and CTO of NewsGator Technologies, and Fergus Burns, CEO of Nooked, among others. The panel will be videocast live.

See the event website and blog for full details of all the sessions.

More sponsors have come on board, some impressive names, including Six Apart, Ragan Communications, IAOC, PR Newswire, Tekrati and Nokia Lifeblog. See the full sponsor lists for the US and France events.

I’ll be in Napa for the US event as I’m leading the workshop on “Using Weblogs, Wikis and RSS to Enhance Employee Engagement.” (That’s the formal session title. Informally, think of “2005: The Year of the Corporate Blog”.) I’ll also be at the France event.

There’s still time to take advantage of the pricing discount for early registration – if you register by 18 January, you get a $100 discount. Register online and quote the discount code NCFV150.

Hope to see you there!