Thank you and future plans

Thank you to everyone who participated in and presented at the Making Media Public conference last weekend. Stay tuned to this website for presentations and video from the conference, as well as information on how to get and stay connected with conference participants.

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Free public event: The Trouble With Media

Please join us to launch the Making Media Public conference with a free event:

The Trouble With Media: roundtable discussion, featuring:

  • Robert Hackett (Simon Fraser University)
  • Leslie Regan Shade (Concordia University)
  • John McGrath (former CBC public affairs reporter)
  • Lise Lareau (Canadian Media Guild)
  • Sharmini Peries (The Real News Network)

Panel starts at 7 p.m., doors at 6 p.m.

245 Church Street, Room LG-11 (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre). A reception at the Churchmouse and Firkin, 475 Church St. (upstairs) will follow.

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Making Media Public: May 6-8, 2010

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Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Making Media Public Conference, taking place
May 6-8, 2010 at York University in Toronto.

Please register here. There is an early reduced rate if you register before April 23, 2010.

The conference will offer a unique opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas and strategies, to critique current models of media production, to problem-solve, and to envision new ways to democratically facilitate people’s participation in media decision-making. The goal is to help “make media public” – that is, to develop and build media models that address local concerns, that are sustainable, autonomous and independent, and involve a wide range of participation that reflect the daily political economic, social and cultural experiences of communities in Canada.

Check out the preliminary schedule.

Featured Speakers include:
Arnold Amber (CWA-SCA)
Steve Anderson (Openmedia.ca)
Andrew Clement (University of Toronto)
Kim Elliot (Rabble.ca)
Greg Elmer (Ryerson University)
Bob Hackett (Simon Fraser University)
James F. Hamilton (University of Georgia)
Dru Oja Jay (Media Co-op)
Dorothy Kidd (University of San Fransisco)
Alice Klein (NOW Magazine)
Lise Lareau (Canadian Media Guild)
Marita Moll (TeleCommunities Canada)
Peter Murdoch (CEP)
Leslie Regan Shade (Concordia University)
Graham F. Scott (This Magazine)
And many more…

We look forward to seeing you in May!



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Conference details announced soon

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to Making Media Public.

In the coming weeks we will be making announcements about the program, speakers, registration, and accomodation.

We look forward to an exciting conference in May 2010!

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Call for Presentations/Participation – deadline extended

The deadline to submit proposals for presentations or participation in the Making Media Public conference has been extended until January 11, 2010. Please see below for details on how to submit.

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Making Media Public: Global Crises and Local Opportunities

Conference Call for Papers and Presentations

Traditional ways of making media are in crisis and steadfast models are threatened with extinction: media giants teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, local television stations are being closed, thousands of media workers have been laid off, and community radio and television are poorly supported. At the same time, new media are increasingly embraced by publics that, linked through social networks, produce and distribute an increasing range of their own content. Old media meet new technology, traditional policies meet global political and economic challenges, and the future of journalism is under intense debate. In this volatile climate, the need to develop new media models and policies is urgent.

This conference, which is being held in Toronto at York and Ryerson Universities from 6-8 May 2010, will bring together a range of media publics, including local media producers, media and academic workers, students, policy makers, researchers, journalists, media activists and public organizations, to address the following questions: If the old models aren’t working, what are the possibilities for reorganizing media production in Canada? What opportunities and challenges does the current political economic climate pose for independent, autonomous and community media? How can mainstream media workers and their unions influence media development? What are essential public policy tenets, and what kinds of new policies can be forged?

The conference offers a unique opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas and strategies, to critique current models of media production, to problem-solve, and to envision new ways to democratically facilitate people’s participation in media decision-making. The goal is to help “make media public” — that is, to develop and build media models that address local concerns, that are sustainable, autonomous and independent, and involve a wide range of participation that reflect the daily political economic, social and cultural experiences of communities in Canada.

The conference is focused on four interrelated themes: history, labour, policy, and alternative/independent and community media. Submissions are invited on these themes and others that address the goal of “Making Media Public.” Participation may include:

  • Multimedia presentations
  • Panel suggestions
  • Formal papers and reports, both academic and non-academic
  • Informal presentations/displays of existing projects and initiatives

Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2009. Submissions should take the form of a proposal/outline of your contribution (500 words maximum), as well as contact information and organizational affiliation, if any. Please email submissions as an attachment to mmp2010@yorku.ca.

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