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New Communications Forum Announces Impressive Speaker Line Up.

NewComm Forum to be Held April 22-25, 2008 in Sonoma County, Calif.

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Society for New Communications Research today announced the full speaker lineup for its 4th Annual New Communications Forum (, one of the world's leading conferences focusing on the latest trends in new and emerging media and communications platforms. NewComm Forum '08 will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Sonoma County, Calif., April 22-25.

Presenters and instructors include the Fellows of the Society for New Communications Research, as well as other senior communications professionals who have pioneered the use of new communications and social media. They will share their expertise as early adopters of these new tools in more than 40 conference sessions in five tracks focusing on:

* New Communications Strategies for Public Relations & Corporate Communications

* New Communications Strategies for Marketing & Advertising

* The Changing Face of Journalism & The New Business of the News Media

* Social Media in Politics & Public Sector Communications

* Global Trends & Developments in New Communications in Business, Media & Entertainment

In addition, they will lead eight half-day in-depth pre-conference workshops and five post-conference social media strategy planning sessions where participants will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the SNCR Fellows to craft an individualized plan to implement in their own organizations.

SNCR Fellows and advisory board members will include Michael Adolph, Fleishman-Hillard; Elizabeth Albrycht, Constantin Basturea, Converseon; Blake Cahill, Visible Technologies; Elisa Camahort, BlogHer; Joseph Carrabis, Andria Carter, The Trentonian; NextStage Evolution; John Cass; Todd Defren, SHIFT Communications; Sally Falkow, Expansion Plus; Elizabeth Fairbanks Fletcher, Esq., Fairbanks Fletcher Law; Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher; Susan Getgood, Get Good Strategic Marketing; Paul Gillin, Phil Gomes, me2revolution Group, Edelman PR; Francois Gossieaux, BeeLine Labs; Mark Hannah, Edelman PR; Chuck Hester, iContact; Meghan Hindman, Dorland; Shel Holtz; Shel Israel; Joseph Jaffe, crayon; Steve King, Emergent Research; JD Lasica,; Steve Lubetkin, Mike Manuel, Voce Communications; Albert Maruggi, Provident Partners; Richard Nacht, Blogging Systems; Emily Metzgar; Katie Paine, KD Paine & Partners; David Parmet, Marketing Begins at Home; Giovanni Rodriguez, The Conversation Group; Danny O. Snow, Brian Solis, FutureWorks PR; and John Yunker, Byte Level Research.

In addition, dozens of other illustrious speakers and instructors will include leading journalists, media and communications experts and social media pioneers: Jason Alba, JibberJobber; Darren Barefoot, Capulet Communications; Doug Bardwell, Forest City Enterprises; John Bell, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; Richard Binhammer, Dell; Leonard Brody, NowPublic; Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation; Jeff Catlin, Lexalytics; Christian Castle, Esq.; Geno Church, Brains on Fire; Gina Cooper, Netroots Nation; Josh Crandall, Media Screen/NetPop; Colin Crawford, IDG Communications; Will Easton, CREDO; Janet Eden-Harris, Umbria; Maggie Fox, Social Media Group; Jenny Fremlin, MetaPaint Communications; author Nick Hayes, Influencer50; Kami Watson Huyse, My PR Pro; Randy Keith, San Jose Mercury News; Lois Kelly, Beeline Labs; Thomas King, Gen Y Labs; Rebecca Lieb, ClickZ Network; Geoff Livingston; interactive media expert and technology forecaster Michael Mascione; Lionel Menchaca, Dell; Chris O'Brien, San Jose Mercury News; Joe Pilotta, BIGResearch; John Pope, Dell; Dr. David Rockland, Ketchum; Jeff Rubenstein, Sony; Gordon Rudow, Bonfire Communications; Bob Siller, Altera; Chris Turner, Christian Lifeway Resources; Erin Kotecki Vest,; Tim Westergren, Pandora; Jonathan Zucker, ActBlue and Todd Ziegler, The Bivings Group.

"New Communications Forum is all about making connections - connections between people and connections between insights, ideas and perspectives," said Jen McClure, SNCR executive director. "The Forum offers an unprecedented opportunity to connect with the leaders in new communications and social media in an elegant and relaxed setting. The program addresses a broad range of interconnected issues and topics ranging from the impact of social media and new communications tools and technologies on PR and corporate communications, marketing and advertising, journalism and media, business and economics, entertainment, politics and policy, culture and society. Participants will have a unique opportunity to reflect and connect their ideas with insights and knowledge they gain while at the Forum and turn it into action and results back in their organizations."

NewComm Forum provides an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the future of communications, and has come to be known as one of the world's leading conferences focusing on the latest trends in new and emerging media and communications platforms. NewComm Forum teaches communications professionals the strategy and tactics to effectively utilize the power of new media and communications tools and trends. In addition to a rich educational experience filled with knowledge sharing, discussions, insights and debates, participants will enjoy the opportunity to relax and talk with colleagues and friends and the leading thinkers in new communications and social media during receptions by the fireplace, wine tastings from local vintners outside under the arbor, a picnic on the lawn with the SNCR Fellows and a even a jam session benefiting the Society. The full NewComm Forum 2008 conference program can be viewed at:

NewComm Forum 2008 is presented by the Society for New Communications Research and sponsored by Blogging Systems, Business Wire, CirclePoint, CleanPix, Conference Calls Unlimited, iContact, Nuance, Radian6, Visible Technologies, Voce Communications, Vocus, Wasala Communications and Wieck Media. Association sponsors include: the Institute for Public Relations, Online News Association and Social Media Club. Media/analyst sponsors include BlogHer, Corante, Tekrati, Silicon Valley Watcher and Social Media Today.

About the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR)

The Society for New Communications Research is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) think tank dedicated to the advanced study of new communications tools, technologies and emerging modes of communication, and their effect on traditional media, professional communications, business, culture and society. For more information about the Society for New Communications Research, visit or call +1 (650) 331-0083.
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