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Starting Friday, journalists and researchers from all over will gather at Georgia Tech for Journalism 3G: The Future of Technology in the Field.

Though there hasn’t yet been a lot of discussion on the group’s CrowdVine site, a look at the member list shows a wide swath of interesting minds and movers who are pushing online journalism to be more than just text + photo + video + comments.

According to the conference website, there almost 220 people have registered. If you can’t make down to Georgia, you can watch the live webcast starting Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. ET

By coincidence, Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine was also thinking money today.

In his latest post, Jarvis suggests everyone take a step back and try to summarize specific problems your business faces before charging ahead with strategies and solutions.

Engineers use this “define the problem, then create solutions” approach, Jarvis notes. So do lawyers and economists, and they’re coming up with creative, workable solutions all the time.

Think about it: What, specifically, are the hurdles your news organization faces? Don’t think of answers yet. Just carefully form the question and post it as a comment either here, or on BuzzMachine.

By the way, Jarvis is organizing a follow-up to last year’s Networked Journalism Summit

. This year’s event in May will focus on business models. Details TK.

I’ve been saying this for a while now: Websites can no longer rely solely on online ads to replace their shrinking offline revenue streams. What’s needed are smart acquisition and diverse partnering strategies.

Tim O’Reilly spoke about just that today at the Tools of Change conference. Joe Grimm sent an update. —Chrys

One of the most powerful words in the English language is also a buzzword at this week’s O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York. That word is free, as in free content.

Free content, or audience expectation of it, is bedeviling all media, not just book publishers like those attending the conference.

Tim O’Reilly Addresses Tools of Change ConferenceO’Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O’Reilly – you might consider him to be the host of the conference – took the stage to talk about how his company deals with free and how other media can.

The big fallacy in free, O’Reilly said, is that the advertiser-supported model of free content is too simplistic. Free, O’Reilly said, is complicated. He attributed the observation to Dilbert creator Scott Adams, the first cartoonist to go to the Internet in big ways.

O’Reilly said it is becoming increasingly important for media companies to develop revenue streams apart from advertising.

His company draws revenue streams out of the pools of users its products – technical manuals, originally – create.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time because publishing is my original core business.” O’Reilly said.

In a reconfigured word, he said, his company’s core products are more abstract qualities such as mission, brand and community.

These pour out revenue through sponsorships content, events like this week’s conference, subscriptions to online information and big-ticket premium services and products.

People are driven to those products by free, used as a strategic tool.

“I probably spend too much time on my blog,” O’Reilly said, “but I am actually driving my overall business with free.”

The way forward, O’Reilly said, will be diversified companies that provide a range of services – some of them for free. “Don’t be afraid of free,” he said. “Figure out how to use it.”

TED, the elite meeting of big thinkers in a wide variety of fields, including media and technology, has put one ticket up for auction on Ebay. As of this post, the bid is $33,535.00.

The normal cost of entry is an invitation and at least $6,000. Though the conference has a good reputation as a place to be inspired and to make influential contacts, I ask you: What meeting is worth more than five times the normal cost?

Perhaps this is all the more reason to look to not-so-glittery gatherings, such as unconferences like PodCamp, and Good Experience Live.

Ah TED, how I adore thee. Especially your home page, which takes the tag cloud idea and presents it visually.

The annual Monterey, Calif., gathering of big thinkers in technology, entertainment and design is invitation only. This year the list of those wanting to attend grew so big organizers announced a TED simulcast in Aspen.

Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the heart-stopping conference fees.

Instead, there’s GEL, Good Experience Live, in New York. Though GEL isn’t cheap either, some attendees have described it as a mini-TED — one that draws some of brightest and most interesting in the creative arts, UI, design and customer experience.

GEL organizer Mark Hurst has published names of the first few speakers confirmed for the upcoming conference April 24-25. Early bird registration ends Dec. 12.

He’s also posted his annual “Uncle Mark’s Gift Guide & Almanac” — a fun “catalog” of recommendations and practical how-tos.

Public broadcasters will be gathering in Los Angeles in February for the annual IMA2008 conference.

This year’s conference lineup looks to have a lot of sessions that non-public media people might be interested in, such as:

  • how a single staff can manage the work of putting content on many platforms
  • best practices and new developments in using online services to cover emergencies (as exemplified by KPBS coverage of the California wildfires)
  • collaborating with “independent voices”
  • and, of course, covering the elections

Early registration deadline is Dec. 10. The conference runs from the Feb. 19-23 at the chi-chi Omni Hotel in downtown L.A.

While we’re on the topic of conferences, those interested in information graphics might want to check out VizThink ’08, a gathering of visual information specialists.

The pre-conference workshops are filling up fast. Of interest to journos: “How to Communicate Visually Using Infographics

The conference runs from Jan. 27-29 at the the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel. Registration

is open now.