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  • Amanda Shaffer 4:03 pm on February 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Making Your Own Media: “Media for the 99%” Summit 

    lamrg 12 350 Making Your Own Media: Media for the 99% SummitThe media is no longer that “black and white and read all over” object the neighbor kid threw on your parents’ lawn every morning, right?

    No, now it’s something people all around you are creating for themselves — on computer networks, with flipcams and smart phones, on the radio — to advance their causes, to help guide their communities to a brighter tomorrow, to better our world.

    You’re already doing some of that yourself, too, right?

    So join us this Saturday at the “4th Annual Media Reform Summit: Media for the 99%” to learn how to do even more.

    We’ll have headliners Robert Scheer, the renowned LA Timesman and Truthdig editor, and Craig Aaron, Free Press CEO and President.

    We’ve got a dynamite “The Future of News Is Now” media panel with KCET’s Val Zavala, KPCC’s Sharon McNary, KPFK’s Maria Armoudian, and XM Public Radio’s Jesse Thorn. (More …)

  • Amanda Shaffer 5:22 pm on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “The Future of News Is Now” Panel Set for March Summit at Oxy 

    As your friendly old newspaper gets thinner and narrower with every passing month, your favorite newscast now features far too many stylish coifs and fetching smiles, and your computer screen is flooded with more information than you could sort, much less digest in several lifetimes, do you ever wonder how you’ll make sense of the day’s news in years to come?

    The 5th Annual Media Reform Summit: Media for the 99% is here to help. Our “The Future of News Is Now” panel session has gathered four keen observers of today’s rapidly changing news-gathering scene. And as direct, hands-on participants in those changes, they’ll tell us how our society’s maelstrom of technological and social changes will play out in the news we all need to make sense of our world:

    Val Zavala, Vice President of News and Public Affairs and Anchor/Reporter for SoCal Connected at KCET-TV., has served as reporter, anchor, documentary producer and executive producer at KCET. As vice president of KCET’s News and Public Affairs department, Zavala oversees local series and specials. Her work has garnered 17 L.A.-area Emmy Awards, six Golden Mikes, two Imagen Awards for Excellence and a Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award, among others.

    Maria Armoudian is the author of Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World, host and producer of the radio programs, the Scholars’ Circle and the Insighters, which are heard on KPFK and other Pacifica Radio stations. Syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, she has written for the Los Angeles Daily News, the Progressive, Alternet.org, Grist.org, Salon.com, and Inc, among others. Her first CD is titled Life in the New World.

    Sharon McNary, Public Insight Analyst for KPCC, has worked in TV news and documentaries, radio, wire service and newspapers in the diverse and challenging Southern California news market, developing award-winning investigative and computer-assisted reporting projects. As a public insight analyst, Sharon works to find sources for Southern California Public Radio. Sharon, a military veteran, was a computer programmer before she was a journalist, so she has always sought out tech-savvy and creative ways to cover news.

    Jesse Thorn, Public Radio Show Host/Creator, hosts and produces the radio show and podcast Bullseye (formerly The Sound of Young America), which is distributed by Public Radio International and is also broadcast weekly on XM Radio’s “XM Public Radio” channel. He also hosts the podcasts Judge John Hodgman and Jordan, Jesse, Go! and the television program The Grid, which formerly aired on IFC.

    This exciting event is a month away: join us by reserving your spot now.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    WHERE: Occidental College, 200 Johnson Hall
    RSVP: Here.
    AGENDA: Here.
    Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Amanda Shaffer 4:59 pm on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Announcing: Media for the 99% 

    Dear ______,

    The Occupy Movement has taken the country by storm, changing the dialogue everywhere from the presidential primaries to kitchen tables. People are talking about economic inequality and power concentrated in the hands of a few — and they’re looking for solutions. Social media and alternative media have aided the movement, providing a wake up call to the unfair advantage wealthy individuals and corporations hold over regular citizens in the political process and mass media environment.
    We want to explore these ideas with you at our 5th Annual Media Reform Summit: Media for the 99%. You’ll learn how to make new kinds of media work for campaigns, sift through the flood of information on and offline, and understand media reform policy — all with the aim of ensuring that the media report on the stories that matter to the 99%.

    This exciting event is a month away – and you can RSVP to reserve your spot now.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 3 from 9:30am – 4:00pm
    WHERE: Occidental College, 200 Johnson Hall
    RSVP: Here. 
    AGENDA: Here. 


  • Amanda Shaffer 7:08 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    LA Media Reform Group Seeks Workshop Presenters 


    Building Community, Creating Media
    LA Media Reform Group Seeks Workshop Presenters

    The Los Angeles Media Reform Group encourages community activists and grassroots media makers to present their ideas at its fourth annual LA Media Reform “Just Media” Summit, scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Occidental College.

    “We’re looking for people who are excited about empowering people to utilize the media, fight for social justice, and preserve our democracy through a variety of tools, outlets and approaches,” said Amanda Shaffer, the group’s chair.

    Interested in proposing a breakout session topic or speaker?
    Call for Workshops form: https://lamediareform.wordpress.com/mediasummit2011/workshops/
    Deadline: 1 December 2010

    “The workshops form the core of a day-long event filled with panel sessions, speakers, and networking,” said Sylvia Moore, a founding member. “I’ve been amazed at both the quality and variety of workshops we’ve had over the years.”

    To give you an idea of what you might present, last year’s event featured these topics:

    • Citizen Journalism on the Net, or UB the News
    • The Fair Use Doctrine and Creative Commons
    • Communicating Network Neutrality
    • Subject not Object – Crisis Reporting with Respect
    • Media Literacy – The Basics
    • Covering Los Angeles from the Ground Up
    • Bridging the Abyss – The San Diego move toward citizen journalism
    • Keeping it Legal – Learning to Protect Yourself in the Interactive Media Space
    • Using Social Media to Distribute Your News – Lessons from Brave New Films
    • Hate Speech and Bad Stories – Real World Implications and a Real Call to Action
    • Spanning the Digital Divide with Mobile and Video Technology
    • Organizing Earned Media Campaigns to Make a More Progressive

    Please contact us with questions about the event and especially if you have an interesting workshop topic, but aren’t sure if it will fit.

    The Los Angeles Media Reform Group focuses on holding news outlets accountable to the public interest and encouraging community members to create their own media, and to be critical consumers of the mass media. Its next annual summit will be Saturday, February 26th, 2011, at Occidental College. More info at: http://lamediareform.org/mediasummit2011

    Questions? Contact us at lamrg@commoncause.org

  • Amanda Shaffer 11:47 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acme, action coalition for media education, , , media education foundation, media literacy, media ownership, mef   

    LAMRG’s Jim Rhyne: “Comcast Distracts with Corporate ‘Goodwill’” — Media Literacy is Key 

    As a follow up from an Sylvia’s earlier post about the Chicago hearing on the Comcast-NBCU merger , LAMRG’s former leader, Jim Rhyne, was able to attend one of the hearings and offers this report back:

    “As large media conglomerates grow bigger, individual voices are increasingly left out of any meaningful dialog—even at a “public” hearing.  You might think it’s a great opportunity to speak truth to power, but you’d be mistaken. The same money and power that allow corporations to control the public airwaves is also painfully evident in their ability to control the tone at a public hearing.”  Read More>>

    Jim argues that in our increasingly commercialized and corporatized media system, media literacy is the key to engaging citizens to demand better media that truly informs our democracy.

    A similar argument is made by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) the nation’s only media literacy organization that does not accept  funding from Big Media:

    “No matter what one’s cause, media reform is crucial for the success of that cause, and since only those who are media-educated support media reform, media education must be a top priority for all citizens and activists…”  –from the ACME Mission Statement

    So what can we do to advance media literacy?

    1.) ACME has a lot of free tools for teaching ML.

    2.) The Media Education Foundation offers study guides with their topically relevant films that employ many of the tenets of media literacy.

    3.) Free Press is calling for ideas for its April 8-10, 2011 conference in Boston, and ACME is having a 1-day pre-conference on April 7, 2011.  Now is the time to tell Free Press you want workshops and speakers to address media literacy.  Become a fan of ACME on Facebook to receive the latest updates on the National ACME Conference.

  • Amanda Shaffer 11:24 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Save the date: March 27 for L.A. Media Reform Summit 

    Preserving Democracy: LA Media Reform Summit 2010

    Saturday, March 27th, 2010 – 11 am to 5:15 PM
    at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
    $15 in advance / $20 at the door / Free with student/Oxy ID

    Also join us for a Pre-Summit screening of Broadcast Blues with filmmaker and journalist Sue Wilson on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
    at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. 7:00pm Screening followed by Q&A with the Director

    More details coming soon!  In the meantime, check out our Call for Participation to see how you can get involved.

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