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"Be The Media" Conference in Madison, November 7-9 (english)
29 Oct 2003
Modified: 31 Oct 2003

Madison Indymedia, The Madison Infoshop, and WORT 89.9 FM Madison’s community radio station invite you to BE THE MEDIA at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI, November 7–9.

Madison Indymedia, The Madison
Infoshop, and WORT 89.9 FM Madison’s
community radio station invite you to BE THE MEDIA at the National Conference
on Media Reform in Madison, WI, November 7-9.

Moving beyond critique to action, the National
Conference on Media Reform is a groundbreaking forum to democratize the
debate over media policymaking. A broad range of media reform activists will
join members of Congress, the FCC, and leaders of major groups working for civil
rights, women's rights, rural renewal, the environment, labor, community development
and other issues to:

· Mobilize new constituencies;
· Strengthen coalitions working in Washington and at the grassroots;
· Develop unified action plans for immediate and long-term reforms; and
· Generate policies and strategies that will structurally improve the
media system.

Join speakers including Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, Amy Goodman of Democracy
NOW!, Juan Gonzalez of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and
musicians including Tom Morello and Billy Bragg. For a list of the many more
speakers and musicians as well as a schedule of workshops and events go to
Access to this part of the conference requires registration and a fee by November

As part of the weekend, however, there will be a number of workshops and events,
free and open to the public, with the theme "BE THE MEDIA." These
do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops are designed for people who want to learn more
about how we take the media into our own hands to start spreading truth to affect
social change. So, whether you want reform or replacement or both, come to Madison,
Wisconsin, for the weekend of November 7-9 and BE THE MEDIA!

( If you are coming from out of town and would like a place to crash, contact
us at the Madison Infoshop and we will try to find you a place. Call 608-262-9036
or email chimarenga (at)

BE THE MEDIA events will kick-off on Friday, November 7 at noon on Library Mall
on the UW-Madison campus with music from
Later Friday evening at 6PM on Library Mall there will be free food, music and
a festival march up to the Orpheum Theatre in celebration of alternative media.Workshops
will be held through out the day on Saturday, November 8.


On Saturday, Nov. 8th skill-share workshops to promote do-it-yourself media
will be held at the Catacombs Coffeehouse, 731 State St. (at Library Mall).
Some will move next door to the Humanities Building. The schedule will be as

8:00 AM Breakfast: coffee and bagels

9:00 Be the Media—welcome and introduction

9:15 --10:30 Workshop Block 1

A) Starting and sustaining Community Media Centers (Urbana-Champaign
IMC, and Madison Infoshop)

B) Making bilingual media (¿Hasta
Cuando? from Chicago)

10:45—12:00 Workshop Block II

A) Introduction to—How
to start an IMC in your community. (Michigan

B) Political Theatre (Madtown Liberty Players, Jill Hopke, and others)

12:00-2:00 PM Lunch
(Catacombs will offer cheap organic lunch, get it while it lasts! Proceeds will
go to help sustain the Madison Infoshop)

During Lunch: Indymedia Discussion
(A time for all Indymedia activists at the conference to come together and discuss
the future of Indymedia as a movement)

2:15 PM –3:30 PM Workshop Block III

A) Independent Newspapers and Magazines (Clamor
Magazine, Madison Insurgent)
B) Microradio—DIY broadcasting (system P & Prometheus
Radio Project)

3:45-5:00PM Workshop Block IV

A) Hip Hop as a Movement (
B) Labor cartoons, street stenciling, grafitti, and silk skreening (Mike Konopecki
and other activists)


Also, throughout the day on Saturday, Indymedia activists, Guerrilla
News Network (GNN), and WORT 89.9 FM will be covering much of The National
Conference on Media Reform, some of which will be broadcast live on Internet
Radio and community radio stations. Conference speakers and participants will
be encouraged to call The Madison Infoshop to share their thoughts on media
reform at 608-262-9036. Please contact your local community radio station and
see if they would like to broadcast coverage of the conference as well.
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Anyone from Boston area going? (english)
31 Oct 2003
Sounds like it might be worth the trip. Carpool anyone?