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Digital Journal announces door prizes for attendees of ‘Future of Media’ event in Toronto

By Chris Hogg
Posted Aug 21, 2009 in Internet
Citizen media news site is proud to announce it will be hosting a unique panel discussion featuring some of the most influential leaders in Canadian media.
Dubbed “The Future of Media,” the live panel discussion will explore how the mainstream media are implementing user-generated content and what challenges news organizations face in the changing news economy today.
The event will take place Thursday September 24 at the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St. W.) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will also be filmed and streamed live online, as well as broadcast after the event.
More info on the event can be found here, including fantastic prizes from our sponsors!
Anyone who attends the free event will be given a ticket for a random draw to win one of many amazing prizes from sponsors of The Future of Media. The event is sponsored by Toshiba Canada, Rogers Communications, The Flip, Lacie Canada, and Prizes include:
Toshiba U500 Series
The Toshiba U500 series laptop boasts a 13.3-inch screen
Courtesy Toshiba
1 Toshiba laptop!
One lucky attendee will win the grand prize, a Toshiba U500 laptop (valued at $900), featuring a 13.3-inch screen, an Intel Pentium T4200 processor, and a 320 GB HDD.
“Digital media continues to change the way the world operates. We’ve seen this in the way that news is reported and the way that the public responds, shares and contributes to the news,” said Sherry Lyons, Director of Communications, Toshiba of Canada. “We are pleased to be part of this event because of the role of mobile computing in the evolution of information delivery.”
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Flip MinoHD
The FlipMino HD records 720p high-definition video
Courtesy the Flip
5 Flip Video MinoHD camcorders!
Five people will take home a Flip MinoHD Camcorder, boasting 720p HD video on 4GB of built-in memory, courtesy of the makers of the Flip. ($290 each).
“The Flip is the ideal tool for citizen journalists,” said a company spokesperson.
“Our Flip MinoHD takes this to the next level by making it incredibly simple and affordable for any journalist-at-heart to capture and share hours of video in stunning HD. The Flip lets anyone capture news when it occurs, because you never know what can happen.”
Each Flip will be customized to feature engravings of's website logo.
Digital Journal has done many reviews of the Flip, including the sister camera dubbed the Flip Ultra, and the technology is amazing. It's incredibly simple to use, but simplicity doesn't come at the cost of function.
Once you've shot all your video, you simply pop out the built-in USB stick and it slides right into your computer.
Once attached to your PC, you can then download video using the built-in software (no fumbling with installing software from CDs) and then upload to various video-sharing sites.
TomTom GPS featuring provides "points of interest" (POI) to GPS owners. POIs can be downloaded free from their website at
Courtesy POIFriend
3 GPS devices pre-loaded with special “Points of Interest” from POIfriend!
Three other attendees can win a TomTom One XL GPS device pre-loaded with points-of-interest, thanks to The GPS units will include well-frequented hot spots for journalists, such as subway stops, Tim Horton’s (a favourite for beat reporters) and more. After all, every journalist should easy access to a caffeine jolt and a quick way to travel downtown.
“The concept of users (i.e. consumers) providing this location-based content has created the ideal environment for the improvement of content, as well as affording the opportunity for users to provide additional perspectives and sentiments regarding these points of interest,” said Bill McLean, co-founder of is a free service has attracted more than 50,000 members and eight million pageviews. Check out's recent coverage of the company here.
HP Mini 110 netbook from Rogers
A laptop on Rogers' 3.5G wireless network
Courtesy Rogers
2 HP Mini 110 netbooks with embedded mobile broadband technology from Rogers!
The HP Mini 110 netbooks now available from Rogers include embedded mobile broadband technology to connect to the Web over Rogers 3.5G wireless network across Canada – three times faster than any other – offering customers the freedom to choose when and where they enjoy a true broadband Internet experience.
With download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, Rogers mobile Internet ready netbooks deliver the ultimate convenience and productivity for work or play online with just a few clicks – no need to search for WiFi or wired access.
Featuring a 10.1-inch display and a keyboard that is 92 per cent the size of a standard notebook PC, the HP Mini 110 starts at 2.57 pounds and measures just over one-inch thick. Powered by an Intel Atom Processor, the HP Mini 110 supports up to 1 GB of memory and comes equipped with a 160 GB hard drive.
Reporters could always use a light and powerful netbook when they interview, research and file stories.
LaCie LaCinema Rugged
LaCie's portable hard drive dubbed "LaCinema Rugged" features a 320 GB hard drive
Courtesy LaCie
3 portable multimedia hard drives from LaCie!
Lacie is offering three portable hard drives called LaCinema Rugged ($219). They each hold 320GB and offer a remote control to play back any media (music, photos, etc.) on a TV. It features a shockproof-mounted drive and upscaling to 1080i HD resolutions for video and still images. Boasts an HDMI port, optical connector for digital audio and a composite video and stereo audio connection.
The portable hard drive is easy to set up and doesn't require any software.
More info on the "Future of Media" event can be found in this article, and a list of speakers can be found here.

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