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Investigative Journalism, Media Activism and Democracy

April 11 & 12, 2000 at

Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York City
West 62nd Street  * Between Amsterdam and Columbus

More Info: 718. 817. 4998

"How can citizens most effectively mobilize a reversal of the
expanding corporatized globalization agenda while we defend our
democratic spaces, instincts and institutions from assault?"
-Ralph Nader

"Our word is our weapon"
-Subcomandante Marcos

How can independent media open spaces necessary for democratic social
change? How can journalists,  activists, and media makers build
networks together that challenge corporate/ state control? How can we
best produce and disseminate information that both holds power
accountable, and embodies the culture of democracy, community,
diversity and celebration for which we struggle?

Project Censored in Cooperation with the Fordham Justice Project and
Seven Stories Press are pleased to announce a conference for media
activists, First Amendment advocates, students, grassroots publishers
and producers, and writers/journalists of all persuasions. The Press
Freedom Conference will focus on building a democratic "Real News"
alternative media system in the US - a news system that informs,
increases access, builds participation, strengthens freedom of
expression. Hear from journalists and writers on the front lines of
alternative media. Find out how to link into global alternative news
sources. Discover the joys of direct action in real news situations.

Join us in New York to explore these questions and brainstorm how we
can work together to strengthen independent media as our best
strategy for greater democracy.

(Schedule in-progress and subject to change)

TUESDAY APRIL 11: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Admission free.

9:30am to 11am
Project Censored
Join members of Sonoma State University's Project Censored team
discuss free speech, censorship, and how they monitor and evaluate
the press.
LL Room 306, Lowenstein Building

12pm to 2pm
Building a Independent Media Center (IMC) Network
Join the organizers of independent media centers in Seattle,
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington strategize about building a
network of grassroots news & information centers nationwide.
Facilitated by Eric Galatas.
Plaza Conference Room

2:30 to 4pm
LL313 or Law School 317
5 Days That Shook the WTO
Join Paper Tiger Television for hot video clips and discussion of
their ground-breaking street coverage of the anti-WTO protests that
shook Seattle.
Imagination + Activism + Love = Paper Tiger


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Presentations and discussions with media makers, activists, and award
winning Project Censored journalists.
$15 donation.

Session One: 9:15am-10:45am, McNally Amphitheater
Independent Media: People, Networks & Movements
How do we continue to create sustainable alternatives to corporate
control of information?
        * Eric Galatas, Free Speech Television
        * Rachel Coen, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
        * Dee Dee Halleck, Deep Dish TV
        * Nancy Kranich, American Library Association
        * Dan Simon, Seven Stories Press
        * Robin Andersen,  Moderator

Session Two:11:00am-12:30pm
McNally Amphitheater

Investigative Reporting: Free Speech vs.Indentured Media:
with Project Censored Award winning journalists, Peter Arnett, Mark
Boal,  Samuel Epstein, Sara Flounders, Arvind Ganesan, Ron Nixon, Ken
Silverstein. Moderated by Natalie Byfield.

LL classroom 307
Seattle Was Just the Beginning: Building alternative news networks
with Independent Media Centers. IMC founders from Seattle,
Philadelphia, New York, Boulder and Los Angeles, discussion with
video clips from Seattle.

1:00pm-1:30pm  Lunch

1:15pm-1:45pm  McNally Amphitheater
Key Note Address with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, Winner of
the George Polk Award for Journalism

Session Two: 2:00pm-3:30pm
McNally Amphitheater

Tactical Media: Confronting Power, Building Alternatives
        Angela Ards, Nation Institute
        Ellen Braune, Fenton Communications
        Mike Eisenmenger, Paper Tiger Television
        Manse Jacobi, Free Speech TV
        Jeff Perlstein, Independent Media Network
        Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio Project

LL classroom 406
Independent  Media and US Foreign Policy with Project Censored
journalists and judges, Peter Arnett,  Karl Grossman,  Joan
Kruckewitt,  Kevin McKiernan, *Jon Alpert, Jason Vest

Session Three: 3:45pm-5:00pm
McNally Amphitheater
Building Independent Media on a National Scale
         David Barsamian, Alternative Radio--moderator
         Laura Flanders,
         Eric Galatas, Free Speech TV
         Karen Ranucci, Latin American Video Archives
         Abbey Scher, Dollars and Sense
         Danny Schechter, Media Channel

Public Reception for CENSORED award winners sponsored by Dollars and
Sense Magazine & Seven Stories Press.

Project Censored Awards
Seven Stories Press,

Master of Ceremonies: Laura Flanders
Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Pogrund, author of War of Words: Memoir of
a South African Journalist

Seth Ackerman * Robin Andersen * Peter Arnett
David Barsamian * Mark Boal * Maria Carrión
 Bill Dixon * Samuel S. Epstein  Sara Flounders
Arvind Ganesan  * Bruce Gagnon  * Karl Grossman
Kevin McKiernan  * Ron Nixon * Peter Phillips
Barbara Seaman * Jeremy Scahill * Danny Schechter
Tom Tomorrow * Jason Vest

Widely considered the Alternative Pulitzer Prize for investigative
journalism, the Project Censored Award is the annual wake-up call
>from an institution dedicated to advocating for and protecting First
Amendment rights and freedom of information.

Organized by Project Censored, Seven Stories Press, The Investigative
Fund of the Nation Institute, and Fordham Justice Project.
Co-Sponsored with Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.

$10 donation; $7 for students. Limited Seating.
For more information see


Greg Ruggiero  |  Editor |  Seven Stories Press  |  212. 226. 8760


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