For Immediate Release
Contact: Twin Cities Media Alliance: Richard Broderick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen Media Fair To Explore People Power and the Media
Concerned about the news media? You are not alone. Americans all across the political spectrum are increasingly
dissatisfied with - and distrustful of - the performance of local and national news sources. A Citizen Media Fair to be held
June 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hamline University’s Klas Center will bring together journalists, media activists and concerned
citizens to talk about what citizens can do to increase media accountability, quality and diversity. The fast-paced program
will feature panel discussions, hands-on workshops, screenings of documentaries on the news media, and a keynote address by
Air America Minnesota talk show host Wendy Wilde. The Klas Center is located on the Hamline University campus at Taylor Ave.
In our first panel, Star
Tribune Reader Representative Kate Parry, Gary Gilson, executive director of the Minnesota News Council, conservative blogger Scott Johnson of PowerLineBlog.com, and Rob Levine of Cursor.org project will offer constructive suggestions about what citizens can do to hold the media accountable.
"Don't hate the media - become the media" is the theme of the second panel, which will give people concrete
ways to stop being passive consumers and become active media producers. Panelists will include Pam Colby of the Minneapolis
Telecommunications Network, Janis Lane-Ewart, executive director of KFAI Community Radio; public affairs programming producer
John Slade of the Counter Propaganda Coalition. and Twin Cities IndyMedia; and documentary producer (Blogumentary) and blogger
Following the panel discussions, participants can attend one of six different workshops held at the nearby Learning
Center, or stay at the Klas Center for screenings of media documentaries such as "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on
Journalism," and Danny Schechter’s "Weapons of Mass Deception." Running concurrently from 3 to 4 p.m., will be workshops
on "How to Be a Glocal Journalist," "Children, Families and the Media," and "Taking Action on Media Reform (Locally and Nationally.)"
And from 4 to 5 p.m.: "Getting on TV with Community Access Cable"; "The Internet Media Revolution: Blogs, Email, Indymedia;"
and "Corporate Media: How and Why They Fail Us."
The Citizen Media Fair is hosted by the Hamline University Department of Political Science, and sponsored by
the Twin Cities Media Alliance (www.tcmediaalliance.org), Free Media Greens (www.mngreens.org), Minnesota Media Reform (www.MinnesotaMediaReform.org),
and the Counter Propaganda Coalition (www.counterprop.org).