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  • Will Coley 12:49 pm on March 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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 10:59 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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:

  • Sylvia Moore 12:49 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Citizens gather in Los Angeles to take back the media 

    This year’s Just Media: L.A. Media Reform Summit, held Feb. 26 at Occidental College, drew 200 activists, speakers and concerned members of the public for an all-day conference on how to build a better news and information environment for our communities. This was L.A. Media Reform’s fourth summit and was our best attended so far. Marty Kaplan, Director of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California kicked off the day with a fascinating talk about how the kinds of news media people consume (public television, cable, or local news) determine their depth of knowledge of current events.

    The afternoon’s panel session, Objectivity vs. Hate Speech & Fear-Mongering, featured Leslie Berestein Rojas, who writes KPCC’s Multi-American blog; Rick Jacobs, chair and founder of the Courage Campaign; Amanda Garces and Pedro Espinoza of the Mobile Voices Project; and Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council. Will Coley, L.A. Media Reform member and and founder of Aquifer Media, moderated the panel. The panelists engaged in a lively discussion about the corrosive effects of hate speech in the media that targets immigrants, religious minorities and people of color.

    Attendees then fanned out into various workshops focusing on issues as diverse as public radio, blogs and the Internet, net neutrality, broadband and independent filmmaking. Our evening speaker, Beth McConnell, Executive Director of the Media & Democracy Coalition, closed with an inspiring talk encouraging citizens to create their own media to better inform their communities. Attendees later gathered at a networking reception featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres from Oxy’s student catering club, Well Fed. I hope that this year’s summit inspired more people to make improving our media climate a top priority, and helped them come up with ideas about how to use alternative media to make their voices heard.

    See Will Coley’s photos from the summit in his previous blog post from Feb. 28.

    We’d like to thank the following folks who helped make the 2011 Just Media Summit a success:

    Speakers: Marty Kaplan, Leslie Berestein Rojas, Rick Jacobs, Amanda Garces, Pedro Espinoza, Shakeel Syed, Allison de Fren, Will Coley, William Swaim, Wendy Block, Michael Sigman, Dick Price, Sharon Kyle, the Spin Busters! and the Billionaires, Sue Wilson, Ron Cooper, Koverboyz, Dr. Katie Mills, Juan Devis, Justin Cram, Sean McLaughlin, Beth McConnell, Rick Staggenborg, MD, Gavin Dahl, Damien Newton, Tony Arranaga, Chris Kidd, Siel Ju, LaJuan Johnson, Sadie Dean, Candice Rodrigo, Shani Byard-Ngunjiri, Mera Szendro Bok

    Our sponsors: California Common Cause, the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, L.A. Progressive, Aquifer Media, The Benton Foundation, Center for Governmental Studies, Peoples College of Law, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, Urban Organizer, Media Alliance, ACLU Pasadena-Foothills Chapter, Valle Music Reproduction, LA Beez


    Occidental College for hosting

    The L.A. Media Reform Planning Committee: Amanda Shaffer, Will Coley, Dick Price, Sharon Kyle, Tapia Martinez-Russ and Sylvia Moore for putting this whole event together,

    Anjuli Kronheim, Los Angeles Organizer, California Common Cause and liaison to the L.A. Media Reform Planning Committee for her top-notch networking skills,

    Tapia Martinez-Russ and her music partner for providing the lovely entertainment,

    Well Fed for providing the delicious refreshments,

    Our wonderful volunteers for helping us set up, and all the members of the public who attended!

    • Warner Cowett 11:23 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.- Ecclesiastes 9:10

    • Edgar Fees 11:24 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Love is patient, love is kind, Love does not insist on its own way. Love bears all things, believes all things, Hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.- I Corinthians 13:4-8

    • Remy 2:17 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If anyone can help point me in the right direction, I’d like to get involved. I recently launched Tiklar – a citizen journalist site at http://tiklar.com – I would like to see how I could partner for a 2012 event. Thanks.

  • Will Coley 8:28 am on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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)
  • Will Coley 7:43 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Join us March 27 for the LA Media Reform Summit 



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