STATE OF THE 4th ESTATE or What's Up With the Media?

Remember the story associated with the photo on the cover of Censored 2013? A U.C. Davis police officer is blasting pepper spray into the face of a college student. The students are peacefully protesting tuition hikes and income inequality during a 2011 "Occupy" sit-in. Did you miss the story? If so it might be due to the corporate media's failure to bring it to your attention.

I bring this book and story to your attention in order to pique your interest and share my excitement about a conference Denver is hosting this weekend (April 5-7). The sixth meeting of The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) will be held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. It will be my fifth NCMR and I am ready for a thought provoking, creative, and fun weekend! Here is what's on tap...

Presenters include:

  • Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez from Democracy Now!
  • John Nichols from the Nation magazine
  • Kim Gandy, President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice
  • Norman Solomon, Founding Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy
  • Robert McChesney, Communications Professor at the University of Illinois
  • Staceyann Chin, Artist


Thematic aspects of the conference include:

  • Media Policy and Politics
  • Social Justice and the Fight for Media Equality
  • Journalism and Public Media
  • Culture, Creators, and Media Makers
  • Internet Freedom, Technology and Innovation
  • Workshops/Tech and Media Playground


The Denver Public Library collection includes these books by NCMR presenters:

Programming begins Thursday evening at the Mercury Cafe with a 7:00 pm screening of Shadows of Liberty. This film explores censorship and corporate control in the news media. A discussion with Jean-Phillipe Tremblay (the filmmaker), Amy Goodman, Robert McChesney, Norman Solomon, and Cheri Honkla will follow. At 9:00 the party starts with music from the Flobot's Jonny 5, Laura Goldhamer, and DJ RIPM and Cavem Moetevation. You don't need to be registered for the conference to catch the happenings at the Merc and even if you can't make it to the conference you can still livestream some of the sessions thanks to Free Speech TV.

May your thoughts be provoked! Enjoy!

Written by evi on April 2, 2013

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