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By: Greg Mitchell

One of the nation’s longest- running new media conferences comes around again on May 23 and 24 in Miami. It’s the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show, presented by E&P and sister publication Mediaweek, to be held at the Radisson Miami (see www.editorandpublisher.com for sign-up info).

As usual, executives, editors, and publishers from leading media Web sites will attend, and the 12th annual EPpy awards will be announced and presented at a closing luncheon. An exciting addition: the first winners of the Knight News Challenge will be announced on May 23. The initiative offers $5 million this year for news experiments that use digital media to foster community.

Keynote speakers include Sarah Chubb, president of CondeNet, and Mark Lukasiewicz, VP/digital media at NBC News. Caroline H. Little, CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, will speak at the EPpy luncheon on May 24.

Panels will cover a wide range of topics, including user-generated content, advances in video, old and new-media integration, the latest on blogging, and “The First YouTube Election.”

Confirmed panelists include David Payne, senior VP and general manager of CNN.com; Chuck Cordray, VP and general manager for digital media at Hearst magazines; Gail Griffin, general manager of The Wall Street Journal Online; Dwight Silverman, interactive editor at the Houston Chronicle; Josh Quittner, editor of Business 2.0; Chris Cillizza, political blogger at washingtonpost.com; and Leon Levitt, VP/digital media for Cox Newspapers, among many others.

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