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  • akronheim 1:52 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    6th Annual Media Summit Success 

    We completed another successful summit at Occidental College hosted by the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute! Thanks to all who came and shared in the experience.

    In case you missed it, here’s some video from the event (with more to come!) and pictures.

    Keynote Presentation from Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

    1st Panel on the issue of LA Times Ownership with Ian Masters, Robert Scheer, Kathleen Miles and Angelo Carusone

    You can see pictures by visiting the album of this event at California Common Cause’s Facebook page here. 


  • Will Coley 11:41 am on July 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    This Wed 7/18: Listen Up #LosAngeles for World Listening Day! 

    In honor of World Listening Day, Avenue 50 Studio will host an evening of listening – featuring the collective work of Listen Up, Los Angeles!

    Wednesday July 18 at 7:00pm

    Location: Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042

    Artists: Avishay Artsy – Brian Calvert – Gina Delvac – Jake de Grazia – Jasmin Mara López – Alex MacInnis – Katie McMurran – Lea Thau – David Weinberg – Myke Dodge Weiskopf – Kerstin Zilm

    Music by: Dez Hope

    Listen Up, Los Angeles! is a collective of storytellers from varying backgrounds and disciplines. Our goal is to create community within Los Angeles and share the stories of many.

    World Listening Day celebrates the practice of intentional listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and Acoustic Ecology. It is organized by the World Listening Project (WLP), a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies, and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.

    • Art By Ashley Cook 4:06 am on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I want to be a good story teller. I admire my boyfriend for his wit and humor. He is so funny. He can also be such a downer with all his war stories. I am a 33-year-old freelance writer from Winchester, CA. He is a 61-year-old retired Army major with 36 years in the service as a sniper. Some people call him an assassin, but what he did was for God and country. So, storytelling is very important in our family. I love to do it. I love to listen.

  • Will Coley 6:25 pm on May 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    5/8 in #LosAngeles: Occupy Film with @CinemaSpeakeasy 

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  • Will Coley 12:47 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Register now for 3/19 @CNMSoCal Social Media Training 

    8:30 – 4:30pm

    Registration includes free parking and lunch.

    Location: Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe Culver City, CA 90230

    Read more and register at bit.ly/CNMSocialMediaDay2012


  • Will Coley 2:22 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    More photos from #Media99 Summit 

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    Read tweet notes here.

    Stay tuned for audio and video from the event.

  • Dick Price and Sharon Kyle 4:02 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: la media reform group, media for the 99%, summit workshops   

    Media for the 99%: LA Media Reform Group Seeks Workshop Presenters 

    la media reform groupThe Los Angeles Media Reform Group encourages community activists and grassroots media makers to present their ideas at its fifth annual LA Media Reform “Media for the 99%” Summit, scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2012, 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? Please download and fill out this Call for Workshops formDeadline: 15 January 2012.

    The day-long event features panel sessions, speakers, and networking. We’re looking for several types of interactive breakout sessions this year:

    • Hands-on, “create your own media” instructional workshops.
    • Experience-based explorations of media policies and politics.
    • In-depth discussions of the current state of the media.
    • Personal lesson-learned sessions about “Occupy” and the media.

    A look at last year’s program might help give you an idea of what we’re looking for.

    la media reform groupPlease contact us with questions about the event and especially if you have an interesting workshop topic, but aren’t sure if it will fit. A key selection criterion this year will be how you can help bring an audience to our summit and your workshop.

    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.

    Questions? Contact us at lamrg@commoncause.org or dick_and_sharon@yahoo.com.

  • Sylvia Moore 5:01 pm on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , American Taliban, , islamic radicalism, , , , , netroots, , radical, religion, , ,   

    Markos Moulitsas Speaking in LA September 22nd 

    From The L.A. Progressive:

    Markos Moulitsas Speaking in LA September 22nd

    Daily Kos Founder Discussing New Book, “American Taliban”

    Markos Moulitsas, a driving force in new media and founder of The Daily Kos, will speak and sign his ground-breaking book at a free reading to support the LA Media Reform Group’s annual media summit to be held February 26, 2011.

    The Daily Kos is among the largest and most influential progressive online political communities. Known for his biting wit, unwavering gaze, and willingness to take on all sides of the political spectrum, Moulitsas is a regular on cable news shows such as Meet the Press, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and Real Time with Bill Maher and is a columnist for The Hill. He was recently banned from MSNBC for a Twitter fight with right-wing host Joe Scarborugh.

    In his just released American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, Markos Moulitas—known to millions as simply “Kos”—Moulistas argues that America’s radical right shares the same traits as our main international enemy—Islamic radicalism. Both extremist groups favor theocracy, curtail civil rights, repress women and revile homosexuality, subvert science and education, and revere force over diplomacy.

    “In this day and age of gut-reacting, gutter-fighting world of hyperbole and rhetoric, it is time for critical thinkers to unite and support others who commit so much time to reporting facts.” –Tapia Martinez – LA Media Reform Group; Co-Founder.

    “It isn’t possible to understand American politics now without understanding the worldview and arguments of Markos Moulitsas. If you still believe the Beltway caricature of the squishy, compromising, conciliatory American left, American Taliban should disabuse you of that notion.” — Rachel Maddow

    Kos’s earlier publications include the critically acclaimed Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics (2006) and Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era (2008).


    Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m.
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel
    3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

    *Admission is free with RSVP in advance to lamrg@commoncause.org
    *Attendees are encouraged to purchase the author’s book at the event

    The LA Media Reform group is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the LA Progressive and Alliance Hollywood.

    The Los Angeles Media Reform Group focuses on holding news outlets accountable to the public interest and encouraging citizens 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.

    The LA Progressive is a two-year-old electronic magazine that comments daily on issues of political, social, and cultural consequence to progressives in Los Angeles and everywhere.

    Alliance Hollywood is a social advocacy group that utilizes the voice, media and financial power of the entertainment industry to fight corporate interest groups on Capitol Hill.

    Questions? Contact us at lamrg@commoncause.org

  • Sylvia Moore 2:26 pm on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alliance Hollywood, , , , , conservative, , Crooks and Liars, David Neiwert, , , LA Progressive, left, liberal, , , , , President Obama, , ,   

    Rage Against the Right: Blogger John Amato Speaks About Politics & Media 

    John Amato is frustrated about the state of American politics. But he hasn’t let that frustration bring him down. Instead, for the last decade, Amato has been wielding his sword against the American right-wing machine from his computer.

    The founder of Crooks & Liars, one of the most influential left-leaning blogs in the country, recounted his journey from working musician to liberal commentator to a group of about 40 people at a private event in Beverly Hills on July 16. Amato shared how he and co-author David Neiwert researched their new book, Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane. The event was hosted by LA Media Reform, Alliance Hollywood and the LA Progressive. Amato signed books after his talk.

    Amato, a Brooklyn native, said he used to have little interest in politics, and was registered as an independent until 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with George W. Bush in his lawsuit against Al Gore, essentially handing Bush the presidency. Horrified by that decision, Amato decided to get politically active. He started Crooks & Liars in 2004, focusing on providing an alternative news source of, by and for citizens. The blog now has several writers, and showcases video and extensive commentary on the hot political issues of the day. Amato has won several Weblog Awards, including Best Video Blogger in 2006 and Best Weblog About Politics in 2008.

    Much of Amato’s talk focused on the aftermath of President Obama’s election in 2008, Republican losses in Congress, and criticism of the corporate mainstream media. He said he is “dumbstruck by what passes for journalism these days,” and that the traditional media – newspapers, television, radio – is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Amato expressed particular outrage at 24-hour cable news, wondering why cable devotes so little time reporting on actual legislation. Fortunately, the blogosphere has made some headway in leveling the playing field with mainstream media. Amato said if it wasn’t for liberal bloggers, the Democrats wouldn’t have taken back the House in 2006.

    “Through citizen journalism and the blogosphere, we’ve had an impact,” Amato said. “But we have a long way to go.”

    Watching the conservative cable outlet, FOX News, is a daily ritual for Amato, and its content is regularly in Crooks & Liars’ crosshairs. Amato said he worries about the right-wing media’s obsession with race, which has intensified since Obama’s election.

    “The race baiting that has been going on is beyond belief,” Amato said.

    Amato talked about rising right-wing violence in America, mentioning the murder of Dr. George Tiller, by anti-abortion zealots in Kansas, the targeting of law enforcement, and the more than 200 hate crimes committed since Obama became president. Amato said he fears that if Obama wins re-election, the violence will get worse. He said the public can fight back against hate speech in the media by forming local media reform groups, and by going after advertisers.

    “Those are the most powerful tools that we have,” said Amato. “Hold pundits and politicians accountable for their words.”

    For photos of the event, click here.

  • Sylvia Moore 1:04 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: federal communication commission, , , , , , , technology,   

    Public Hearing at Stanford This Friday on Media Ownership 

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday is holding a public hearing at Stanford University on the impact media consolidation and technological innovation has had on journalism. The hearing is part of the FCC’s review of its 2010 media ownership laws. This free event will feature a panel that includes Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora Music, Eddy W. Hartenstein, Publisher and CEO, Los Angeles Times, Jim Joyce, President, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, and Vice President, Communications Workers of America and Alan Mutter, Publisher, Reflections of a Newsosaur, and Tiffiniy Ying Cheng, Co-Founder, Participatory Culture Foundation. The public will be able to comment during two comment sections. A schedule is available here.

    The national media reform organization, Free Press, is urging all citizens concerned about too much corporate control over what we see and hear to attend this hearing. Says Josh Stearns, Program Manager for Free Press and SaveTheNews, “Even though President Obama has opposed media consolidation, Big Media has been beating down the door at the FCC. They are pushing the Obama FCC to go even farther than the Bush FCC and dramatically relax media ownership laws, letting absentee Big Media giants control even more local media.”

    Below is footage of the most recent public hearing held in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Although the Web has become a valuable refuge for those of us seeking alternatives to the Mainstream Media, most Americans still get the bulk of their news and information from the broadcast and cable networks and commercial talk radio. Most people still listen to music on commercial radio. And because of media consolidation, many cities, including Los Angeles, have lost newspapers, creating an environment where only one publication dominates. Contrary to what the big media conglomerates argue, letting fewer and fewer of these companies own more and more stations has not created competition, but stifled it, leading to dumbed-down infotainment masquerading as “news” and a lack of diverse voices in our media. As a result, Americans are as ill-served and ill-informed as ever – a situation that is having disastrous consequences for our democracy. With the pending Comcast/NBC Universal merger threatening to make our airwaves even more homogenized, it’s imperative that the public makes its voice heard. So if you can get up to Stanford this Friday and go to this, please do so.

    What: Media Ownership Public Hearing

    When: May 21, 2010, 10AM to 5PM (the public comment section is at 11:45 and 3:30)

    Where: Stanford University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA

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