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Last summer I worked for the Integrated Defense Systems division of Boeing for about five minutes. The project I was contracted for was suddenly canceled. (Long story.) At the time, I had written somewhat of a farewell to journalism, which, of course, I had to retract.
I'm going back to Boeing next week to do something similar — to advise them on the use of the Web and social media. It's a three-month gig in Renton, this time with the Commercial Airplanes division, which is more a comfort zone given my background of covering the company for The Seattle Times.
I have also been consulting on some media projects recently, advising Sports Press Northwest in advance of its launch, as well as NewsCloud, a software company that is developing news applications for Facebook.
While this consulting is a little removed from the practice of actual journalism, it's consistent with my interest in the intersection of content and technology, and I will always be a journalist at heart. We'll see where it goes.
Apropos, as I mentioned earlier, this weekend I am attending a conference here in Seattle sponsored by Journalism That Matters. "Re-imagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest" will be a three-plus-day marathon at the University of Washington involving more than 200 people, many if not most of them journalists in practice or by background.
So now, truly, I think this blog has served its purpose, and I will probably put it to rest — for a while, at least. Thanks for reading.