reporter Mac McClelland was the keynote speaker at Rising Tide V, the New Orleans blogger conference, an all-day event of Saturday 28 August 2010 at the Howlin Wolf in New Orleans.

The first Rising Tide was an event of August 2006.
More information about Rising Tide

from the Rising Tide V program:
Mac McClelland is a human rights reporter at Mother Jones. She has worked extensively in Southeast Louisiana since May covering the Deepwater Horizon event and recovery effort. She is author of The Rights Stuff, and For Us, Surrender is Out of the Question: A Story From Burma's Neverending War. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. Mac has reported from locations including Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Micronesia, Burma, New Orleans, Grand Isle, and Bhutan on subjects including the "hot" young Bhutanese king, post-Katrina recovery efforts, South Pacific conservation efforts, and the decline of American manufacturing. She has posed as a high-class freelance call girl and embedded with dumpster-divers to bring back the story. According to The American Prospect, she is "a total badass."
Videography for Rising Tide V was provided by Sophielab, the participatory media lab at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute of Tulane University, in support of the educational mission of Rising Tide NOLA in post-diluvian New Orleans, and to document the fifth anniversary event for the historical record. Complete video of the event will be placed in the Newcomb Archives. It will be available to scholars in perpetuity for research purposes, educational programs use, and to be quoted for publication.
Video and audio content from Rising Tide V will be podcast and shared via Rising Tide NOLA LLC and Newcomb College Institute websites and social media accounts under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works] license, and may be included in future multimedia publications.
Tech notes:
Naomi Martin, Newcomb-Tulane 2011, shot this rush video of the Rising Tide V keynote from the audience using a Flip UltraHD video camera
Sophielab shot all Rising Tide V sessions on Mini-DV using a Panasonic DVC-100B, and recorded audio-only using a Zoom H4n field audio recorder.

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