"In the past few years, we've witnessed unprecedented public awareness and involvement in media issues -- with millions of people creating their own media, critiquing mainstream outlets, and demanding a say in how we use the public airwaves and what the future of the Internet should look like," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press. "The National Conference of Media Reform is a rare opportunity for all of the different fronts in the fight for better media to connect, broaden our ranks, and build momentum for real change."
The National Conference for Media reform will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and features PBS journalist Bill Moyers; Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; Academy Award-winning actresses Geena Davis and Jane Fonda; and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein; as well as numerous musical performances, film screenings and book signings.
Today, Free Press released the preliminary schedule of events for the conference, which includes more 100 hands-on workshops and panel discussions with a diverse array of speakers on a wide range of media issues. Among the highlights:
The full schedule -- which also includes sessions on "Saving the Internet," Hurricane Katrina, public broadcasting, ethnic media and global media policy -- is available at http://www.freepress.net/conference
Press credentials for the National Conference for Media Reform are available to members of the media who will be covering the event. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (202) 265-1489.
There will also be a limited number of spaces available for radio programs that wish to broadcast live from the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Broadcasters interested in joining "Radio Row" should contact the Free Press staff at email@example.com
Many conference speakers, media policy experts, and the event planners are also available for interviews in advance of the conference.
More information about the National Conference for Media Reform is available at http://www.freepress.net/conference