Wednesday, May 7, 2008

National Conference for Media Reform

Free Press Hosts 2008 National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis
More than 75 sessions on critical media and technology issues announced for June 6-8 event

MINNEAPOLIS -- On June 6-8, a broad array of policymakers, scholars, media producers, grassroots activists and concerned citizens will gather in Minneapolis for the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform. This landmark event -- hosted by Free Press at the Minneapolis Convention Center -- is the central destination for the growing movement to create a more accountable, democratic and diverse media.

"Decisions in the next few years will result in profound changes to the media landscape," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press. "The National Conference for Media Reform takes these critical media policy debates out from behind closed doors in Washington -- and puts them into the public arena where they belong. This event highlights the movers and shakers in independent journalism, media accountability and the fight for Internet freedom."

The full preliminary schedule of events -- including more than 75 panels and workshops -- is available at http://www.freepress.net/conference/program.

Sessions will cover a diverse range of key media and technology policies including: media ownership, the future of the Internet, war coverage, public broadcasting, media and elections, copyright, the First Amendment, online activism, ethnic media, and dozens more.

More than 250 presenters are featured at the National Conference for Media Reform. Among them:

Legendary journalists like PBS broadcaster Bill Moyers, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and author Naomi Klein.
Political leaders and policymakers including Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.
Internet visionaries and new media innovators like Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law, Tim Wu of Columbia Law, Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com, and Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake.
Civil rights leaders and social justice activists like Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women, Van Jones from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus.
Music, film, and independent media makers like radio host Davey D, Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, Greg Watkins of AllHipHop.com and The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Press credentials for the National Conference for Media Reform are available to members of the media who will be covering the event. Request press credentials by filling out the online application: http://free.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/NCMR08/NCMRPressApplication

Discounted hotel rates are available only through May 9th -- find out more at http://freepress.net/conference/lodging08

Many conference speakers, media policy experts and the event planners are also available for guest appearances in advance of the conference. To schedule an interview, contact Jen Howard at press@freepress.net.

Program updates, registration information and highlights from previous conferences can be found at www.freepress.net/conference.

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