In the first sentence you meant 2009, not 2010, Jon?
"A common event at conferences is a panel of developers with reporters listening from the audience; your editor moderated just this kind of panel at LinuxCon 2010".
The 2010 (current) conference had the journalists in the panel. I think this was an interesting move. I'd like to have raised the question of the Digg / other possible manipulation of the web/media to actively suppress Linux stories.