Indy Media Conference
On Wed, 30 Aug 2000 16:33:03 EDT MavMedia@... wrote:
If you haven't seen this, I thought you'd be interested.
Regards, Greg Guma
The Independent Media Convergence Project presents
Building Independent Media: Strategies for Change
A Conference in Vermont
October 13-14, 2000
at Trinity College
Join journalists and activists to discuss how independent
and alternative media can promote global justice and democracy
Explore the role of newspapers, radio, the Internet, video,
and new technologies in the age of mergers and convergence
Invited speakers include Michael Parenti, Amy Goodman, Danny Schechter, David
Barsamian, Manse Jacobi, Michel Chossudovsky, Barbara Nimri Aziz,
and many more
Before September 30:
October 13, Opening Night (reserved seats): $10
October 14, Conference: $20
After September 30:
Opening Night: $15
Conference Admission: $30
Limited scholarships available
For details and pre-registration, write:
Independent Media Convergence Project
c/o Toward Freedom, PO Box 468, Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 654-8024 * IMCVT@...
Conference co-sponsors: Toward Freedom, American Friends Service
Committee-Vermont, Vermont Local-National Writers Union, Green Mountain Fund
for Popular Struggle, Peace and Justice Center, Inc., the Media Channel,
Project Censored, Between the Lines, Citizens for Independent Public
Broadcasting, Alternative Radio, Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Green
Mountain Circle Works, Old North End Rag, The Watchman, Peacework, New
Hampshire Peace Action, Real Democracy Project, New Hampshire Social Justice
October 13, 2000
Opening Night - 8 p.m.
Media Crimes & Misdemeanors, with Michael Parenti (and others TBA)
October 14, 2000
Registration - 8:45-9:45
Opening Session - 9:45 a.m.
Welcome & Keynote Focus: Independent Media - Now More Than Ever
Workshops (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Connecting with Audiences
Foreign Affairs, Content & Technology
Low Power and Short Wave Radio
What Does a Sustainable Newspaper Look Like?
Video Access/Public Access
Web Based Media Potential and Resources
Problems & Prospects
Examining Vermont Media
Public Affairs & Labor Issues
Globalization and the Mass Media
Indy Media and Party Politics
Overcoming Roadblocks for Indy Media
Organizing a Movement
Breaking through Censorship
Cooperative Models and the IMCs
Media as Community Building
Online Networking and Distribution
Alternative Media: The College-Community Connection
Seizing the Momentum: Activist Opportunities
Roundtable Discussions (2 - 4 p.m.)
1) Creating Effective, Alternative Enterprises
2) Using Media to Promote Peace, Democracy, and Social Change
3) Problems and Challenges for Independent Professionals
4) Improving Access and Promoting Change in Mainstream Media
These moderated, open discussions will promote broad exchange of experiences
and insights. Groups will try to reach some conclusions, and present them
later in the schedule.
Plenary Panel (4 - 5:30 p.m.)
"Getting Media Alternatives off the Ground"
Dinner and Social Hour (5:30-7 p.m.)
Roundtable Reports (7 p.m.)
Entertainment (8 p.m.) -- The George Shrub Comeback Tour, plus Dave Lippman
Call for Comments
In order to broaden and deepen our discussion, we urge those planning to
attend, as well as anyone interested but unable to get to Vermont, to write
commentaries that will be distributed during the conference and compiled for
subsequent publication. Commentaries should be no more than 2000 words, and
submitted to either the IndyConvergence egroup list or IMCVT@... by
September 30. Address any topic on our workshop and roundtable list. Be as
bold, creative, and concrete as you can.
Location: In northwestern Vermont's Champlain Valley, Burlington is the
state's largest city and center of its strong progressive movement. Bernie
Sanders, the only Independent US congressman, was Burlington Mayor from
1981-89, and the Progressive Party, with current Mayor Peter Clavelle, city
council members, and several state representatives, continue the tradition.
The city offers an accessible waterfront, many restaurants, and diverse
Getting here: Burlington has an airport served by Continental, United, Delta,
US Airways, and Jet Blue, a new airline providing low-cost flights from New
York. Downtown Burlington is less than three miles from the airport. If you
are driving, Burlington can be reached via Interstate 89 and Vermont Route 7.
Amtrak has service to nearby Essex Junction. Trinity College is located on
Colchester Avenue, directly across from the University of Vermont campus.
Accommodations: Conferees planning to stay at area hotels and motels are
urged to make early reservation, since Vermont's famous foliage season can
limit availability. Affordable, but basic overnight accommodations are
available at Trinity College (see below). A limited number of participants
can be hosted in area homes, on a first come basis.
Pre-registration deadline: Sept. 30
(for discount prices, form and payment must be received by the above date)
REGISTRATION & RESERVATIONS
By September 30:
Opening night (reserved seating) ____($10/person) For how many?____
Conference admission ____($20/person) For how many?____
After September 30:
Opening night ____($15/person) For how many?____
Conference admission ____($30/person) For how many?____
Lunch & dinner will be available on October 14 for a reasonable price, but we
must know how many meals to prepare. If you want meals, please respond below.
Price not yet set.
___ Lunch reservation for ____ people. ___ Dinner reservation for ____ people.
___I want lodging at Trinity College ($ /night/person)
___Friday, October 13 for ____ people
___Saturday, October 14 for ___ people
___I would like to stay in an area home (spaces limited).
___I am a vegetarian
___I am a non-smoker
Call me at _______________to confirm.
Total amount enclosed: _________
Will you need:
Child care services? ___ For how many?____
Sign language services?___
Display space?____ (call to make arrangements)
Which roundtable discussion are you most likely to attend (check only one):
__ Creating Effective, Alternative Enterprises
__ Using Media to Promote Peace, Democracy, and Social Change
__ Problems and Challenges for Independent Professionals
__ Improving Access and Promoting Change in Mainstream Media
Please mail this form with check or money order payable to Toward Freedom.
Toward Freedom, PO Box 468, Burlington, VT 05402 Att: IMCVT.
"Telecommunications, computers, and the digital revolution could help to
democratize information, making it accessible to all. They could even spur a
shift in values from uniformity to diversity, from centralization to local
democracy, and from domination of nature and human beings to cooperative
-- from the Conference Call
Independent Media Convergence Project
The Independent Media Convergence Project brings together activists,
advocates, and progressive media workers to share experiences, look at the
current media environment, discuss alternatives, develop a common agenda, and
take concrete steps to build a sustainable movement for media democracy.
1) To develop principles and proposals that promote alternatives and improve
access to all media,
2) To create a regional media coalition that supports fundamental social
3) To launch a new publication, station, or independent media center or
An Independent Media Conference
In October -- just as activists return from a season of global protests and
the national elections move into overdrive -- progressive media professionals
and activists will gather to share experiences and attempt to develop a
common agenda. We'll examine the current environment, discuss the
alternatives, and take concrete steps to help build a movement for media
democracy. Workshops will cover theory, organizing strategies, and the
practical side of creating and sustaining new media.
Media merger madness is clearly upon us. At the same time, however,
computers, the Internet, video, community radio, independent newspapers, and
related new technologies offer opportunities for democratization and
empowerment. Activists resisting globalization across borders are already
using independent radio, online, and print outlets to help build a movement
for global justice and democracy. We believe the time is right for a
resurgence of media advocacy.
Coverage of recent events -- from distorting the message of protests in
Seattle, Washington, and around the world, to disinforming the public about
interventions in Colombia, Kosovo, and Iraq, as well as the true impacts of
"free market" capitalism -- demonstrates that we need more powerful ways to
counteract the corporate agenda. With so many possibilities, issues, and
potential strategies -- but limited resources -- we also need a clearer set
A detailed schedule and speakers list will be available prior to the
conference. To learn more or get involved, join the IndyConvergence egroup
(just send a message to IndyConvergence-subscribe@egroups,com), write to
Toward Freedom, PO Box 468, Burlington, Vermont. 05402, Att: Media
Conference; call (802) 654-8024, or e-mail IMCVT@....
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