This November 7th through 9th in Madison, Wisconsin, Free Press -- an organization founded by Robert McChesney and John Nichols -- will host the National Conference on Media Reform; a watershed forum on how to build a better media system in local communities, in Washington, and across the nation. It is an event for people who want to take action
and actively join the media reform movement.
The 3-day event will feature panelists from a wide range of political and activist communities working together to create specific policies and strategies towards meaningful media reform. The conference will cover a broad range of media issues -- not just media ownership. Conference participants will join legislators,activists,policymakers, academics, journalists and many others working to build a more democratic and public-interest-minded media.
Over two days, conference participants will enjoy access to all panels, plenaries, keynote speeches & workshops; performances by internationally famous artists; and an opportunity to meet with other activists to build a stronger and more effective grassroots network.
Confirmed speakers already include: US Senator Russ Feingold; US Representatives John Conyers, Jr., Jan Schakowsky, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and Tammy Baldwin; FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein; Entertainers Don Henley, Billy Bragg and DJ Spooky; Writers Barbara Ehrenreich, Naomi Klein, Free Press founders Robert McChesney and John Nichols; AFL-CIO President John Sweeney; and Amy Goodman of Democracy NOW!
Over 2.3 million Americans contacted Congress and the FCC during the past few months. Congress is listening. The media is becoming an issue in America and now it's time to take the next step.
For further information, including schedules, panelists, online registration and travel information, please visit
www.mediareform.net/conference. Sign up now, as space is limited. If you register before September 7, the conference fee is reduced. Reduced registration fees and scholarship applications are also available for students and lower-income individuals.
Democracy demands an independent, diverse and accessible media system. No matter what your issue, media are central to advancing it. See you in Madison.