My Blogging Ethics Panel Expands

In just under a week, on Nov. 8, I’ll be leading what may be the biggest panel (at least numerically) at BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas. The topic is Blogging Ethics. If you’re attending, it’s part of the “Advanced Track” in room S220 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 10:15-11:45 am.

A couple of days ago I invited Contentious readers to help me brainstorm on this topic. So far, no takers — but really, I could use your help.

Originally the panel was to include four brilliant people and myself. I’ve been fortunate to add two more luminaries to the lineup: Lynne d Johnson (senior editor, and Josh Lasser (TV section editor, Blogcritics Magazine).

I tried to check the BlogWorld Expo speakers page to make sure all my panelists are listed, but that page isn’t displaying for me. This might just be a glitch with my browser. But in case it’s not, here are the photos and bios of everyone who will be on this panel…

Panelists, in alphabetical order:

Toby Bloomberg is the president of Atlanta-based Bloomberg Marketing/Diva Marketing, a social media marketing consultancy. Toby helps businesses join in the new conversation .. and not get blown-up. Toby has served B2B, B2C and nont for profit clients in launching social media initiatives. Her blog Diva Marketing is (usually) ranked in the top 25 of Ad Age’s Power 150 and is (usually) the second-highest-ranked female-written blog on the list. Diva Marketing Talks, a BlogTalkRadio show, is Toby’s latest venture in demystifying social media.
Toby Bloomberg really, REALLY knows business & marketing blogging.
Christopher Calicott is a web entrepreneur, blogger, and former professional poker player living in Las Vegas. He writes a blog and produces a site called While Las Vegas Sleeps… that covers the range of all things “Vegas” while focusing on stories of living, loving, playing, partying, and experiencing firsthand the metaphor we all know as Las Vegas. He has a 15-year-old Dachshund named Jordie. He likes ducks. He plans to live to be 140.
Local blogger Christopher Calicott at large in Las Vegas.
Graydancer, Ninja Sex Poodle and Ronin of Love, comes from the venerable kink tradition of Madison, WI, where he honed his craft to become the world premiere podcaster of rope bondage with The Ropecast. He has presented and performed at Leather Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, the Leather Archives & Museum and Shibaricon in Chicago, Folsom St. Faire in San Francisco, Austin Ropecraft Symposium, and other events and venues. He is also the author of Nawashi, an erotic thiller available through Currently he plies his trade as a media designer and itinerant “rope top” across the US, smiting the evil of sloppy knots wherever they may lie, and blogging about it.
Graydancer blogs for a world of safe words, pseudonyms, and serious self-expression.
Lynne d Johnson is the senior editor of, where she oversees the site’s editorial and community functionality. Prior to joining Fast Company, Lynne was general manager of new media for Vibe and Spin magazines, with responsibility for management of day-to-day marketing, editorial, production, business development, and sales operations for the magazines’ web and mobile properties. She also formerly served as a technology reporter and editor for, the leading ethnic social networking site, as well as associate editor of Digital New York, a magazine and online destination for creatives working in digital media; among various other writing and editing positions in both print and online media.
Lynne d Johnson is in charge at
Josh Lasser, a former professional in the television industry, is currently TV section editor for Blogcritics Magazine. He obtained an M.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television’s Critical Studies department before spending a half-decade working on the industry side of the field. Currently, in addition to being a writer and editor at Blogcritics, Josh is also a regular contributor to the Tribune-owned site Zap2it. He also maintains a blog of his own. He writes on everything entertainment-industry-related, from TV to movies, DVDs, books, and games. He can always be reached via e-mail.
There are many blogs about TV and film, and Josh Lasser knows them well.
Charlotte-Anne Lucas teaches journalism courses including digital storytelling, blogging and web publishing and design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has spent 30 years in journalism as a reporter and editor, in print and online. She was on a team of reporters who were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and the site she headed was named one of the top four news sites in the country by the Newspaper Association of America. Her work was honored by the Associated Press and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the American Bar Association, Editor & Publisher, the Online News Association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She was content director at, a managing editor at, business editor at the San Antonio Express-News and has written for publications including the Dallas Morning News, the San Francisco Examiner; the (Phoenix) New Times, the Mesa (AZ) Tribune, the Dallas Times Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Bulletin. Here’s her current blog.
Journalist & educator Charlotte Anne Lucas explores the overlap of blogging and reporting.

…And me — I’ll be moderating/leading this discussion:

Amy Gahran is a media consultant and info-provocateur based in lovely Boulder, Colorado. Yes, those titles are deliberately vague because she wears many hats: journalist, editor, blogger, trainer, speaker, project manager, community manager, coach, and semi-geek. Currently she mainly helps people and organizations (especially news and publishing organizations) wrap their brains around online, social, and conversational media — as well as community media, citizen journalism, and the evolution of media and journalism. Her main blog is, where she offers news and musings on how we communicate in the online age. She also runs the group weblog E-Media Tidbits for the Poynter Institute. And she won a grant from the Knight Foundation for a community journalism project, the Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker.
Say hi to me at Blogworld!

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