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  • Will Coley 12:49 pm on March 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    April 27 in #LosAngeles: “Good Grief – Who’s Going to Cover LA Now?” Media Reform Summit 


    You’re invited to the 6th Annual LA Media Reform Summit at Occidental College

    Good Grief – Who’s Going to Cover LA Now?

    We wanted you to be the first to know about this year’s event. We’re focusing on a local issue: the LA Times. With the paper possibly looking at new ownership as its parent company emerges from bankruptcy, will a rumored buyout by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. or the Koch Brothers improve the paper’s news coverage? Would a different merger, sale, or consolidation better serve the community? If not, how will Angelenos get their local government news coverage – what will be the consequences of that shift?

    This half day summit will study these issues and bring to light new ideas for how to make LA news better. (More …)

  • Will Coley 5:48 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    UPDATED! Oct. 14: @LA_Indymedia Film Night with “Precious Knowledge” 

    In the spirit of furthering understanding and communication within and between our many communities LA Indymedia brings Film-Night back with the film “Precious Knowledge”.

     Oct 14, 2012 at 7:00pm

    “Precious Knowledge” is an important documentary that exposes the blatant racism that the State Superintendent of Education in Arizona recently displayed in cutting out the successful ethnic-studies program at Tucson High School. The film follows the lives of four students and several teachers as they fight to save their classes and the program that became an educational lifeline for them.

  • Will Coley 11:01 am on June 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    6/17 in #LosAngeles: Screening of “Save KLSD – Media Consolidation & Local Radio” 

    You are invited to a screening of the new documentary film Save KLSD: Media Consolidation & Local Radio, co-sponsored by California Common Cause.

    Save KLSD explores the struggle of KLSD-AM and the near extinction of local, diverse radio in America and features top Common Cause leaders including CEO Bob Edgar, board president Robert Reich and board member (and former FCC Commissioner) Michael Copps; broadcast hosts Ed Schultz, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Cenk Uygur, Stacy Taylor, and Roger Hedgecock, as well as Senator Barbara Boxer, former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones, MSNBC commentator Richard Wolffe and many other experts and activists.  (More …)

    • Tobi Dragert 9:18 pm on June 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to it!

  • 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. 


  • Will Coley 10:59 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Kicking Off Plans for the 2012 #LosAngeles Media Reform Summit 

    Written by Remy Kahn and reposted from Tiklar.
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES — [This past Monday night] marked the commencement of the Los Angeles Media Reform’s 2012 Summit. A total group of over 20 dedicated volunteers filled the room of the Common Causes’ California Headquarters and began the discussion around the coming year’s summit.

    The LA Media reform was established in 2007 to help citizens learn about the electronic media, and how to utilize it for various reasons and help promote freedom of the press. Being apart of the Common Cause group has made it possible for their reach to be expansive and ever growing.

    The evening started out with the introductions. With so many people and a rich background for each of them, it was exciting to learn that these people were going to be contributors for the summit. As each person spoke up about their own personal attributes and what their own experiences were, it was clear that the summit was going to have the human assets in place to make this the best summit in it’s history.

    The group, headed up by Amanda Leigh Shaffer, began their discussion around a theme for the summit. Prior volunteers shared the experiences that they had in prior years. Most notably, Dick and Sharon from LA Progressive LA Progressive has a wealth of knowledge to share with the group. The brainstorming revolved around the various topic and/or theme of the upcoming summit. Some began kicking around the idea of how Citizen Journalism is changing the mass media. Others were concerned about the lack of wealth disparity being mentioned in the mainstream media. With both having merit, it was left to further discussion for later approval.

    Working hard towards the common cause – Freedom of the press and freedom of information – L.A. Media Reform has set off to begin it’s march into the next year’s summit with full speed. Each volunteer is promising to bring with themselves a wealth of knowledge and experience to add more strength to this year’s summit. Watch Tiklar for more updates, and checkout these other links for more information:

  • Will Coley 12:09 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: @netsquared   

    3/28 in #LosAngeles: Digital Storytelling in L.A.’s Diverse Communities (with @Alhambra_Source) 

    Our friends at the Eastside LA Netsquared Group are focusing on local media justice at their upcoming monthly meetup:

    Monday March 28, 2011 at 6:30pm.

    To explore this topic, a panel of local media-makers will share their experiences in reporting on L.A.’s diversity. Each will talk about making the transition to online media, working with community members as an outsider, and how organizations can also tell their own stories and make sure they’re heard.

    Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA

    RVSP on Facebook or Meetup.
  • Will Coley 12:03 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    3/24- 4/23 in #LosAngeles: Tell Your Story with @StoryCorps at @KPCC 

    StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

    In partnership with KPCC the StoryCorps MobileBooth will stop in Los Angeles, CA from March 24 – April 23, 2011 as part of StoryCorps’ Griot Initiative, an effort to record the diverse experiences of African Americans in the United States.  They are also allocating a limited number of interviews for the Every Voice project.

    Bring your friend or loved one to the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Trained staff will explain the process, make you feel comfortable, and sit with you during your 40-minute session. At the end of your session, you’ll receive a free broadcast-quality CD to share with to family and friends, and a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

    Follow StoryCorps’ cross-country travels on the StoryCorps blog.

  • Will Coley 9:50 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: corporate personhood   

    March 2 in #LosAngeles: Corporate Personhood Study/Action Group 

    Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

    via  Mary Beth Fielder:

    I’m starting a Study/Action Group which is forming specifically to study and formulate a plan of action around the issue a constitutional amendment revoking the right of corporate personhood.

    With its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled on January 21, 2010that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. We however, maintain, that human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

    For this reason we are beginning to organize across the United States to amend our Constitution to:

    • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
    • Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
    • Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.


    WHEN? The meeting is 6-8 PM Wednesday night, March 2.

    WHERE? Email or phone for address (below). Rough location: A block west of Crenshaw between Olympic and Pico.

    CONTACT: phone is 323 933 0738 or email at mbfielder@gmail.com

    Please RSVP via email me if you’re interested in coming.

    And as usual, we’ll have a POTLUCK so please bring something to share.

    All the best,

    Mary Beth Fielder

  • Will Coley 8:28 am on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2011 event,   

    Register today for 2011 Just Media Summit in Los Angeles on Feb. 26 

    • Are you concerned about hate speech on cable news?
    • Do you have an issue you are passionate about that doesn’t get air time in the mainstream media?
    • Do you want to learn how to create and disseminate your own media?
    Join us for a day full of hands-on workshops and informative speakers at:
    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
    10 am to 4:30 PM with reception to follow (Registration opens at 9:30am)
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