Saturday, June 07, 2008

National Conference for Media Reform

The Minneapolis Convention Center is the site of the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform. I'm not sure how many people are registered, but it certainly looks like a lot!

The organization I work for has a table in the exhibitor hall, and I had a few challenges this morning as my material arrived a day late. It was supposed to be here last night, but didn't quite make it, so I only spent about half a day today at the conference.

A number of really nice people stopped by the table. Some were members of the organization and wanted to say hello, others just walked over to thank me for being there. It's gratifying to know how much people really do appreciate us.

I'm hoping to get to a few workshops tomorrow, so should have more to report.

A friend who lives in St. Paul came over and met me for dinner. We ended up at a Code Pink event first, which was quite fun. As we walked to the event I saw another friend from DC, who is in Minneapolis attending a different conference. It's such a small world sometimes!



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Distributorcap said...

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mwb said...

Hmmm. I've heard of this so I was checking the panels and this caught my eye:

"9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. Panels and Workshops (descriptions begin on page 24)

Coverage of Race and Gender in the 2008 Campaign

In the historic 2008 presidential election, media coverage of Sens. Barack Obama
and Hillary Rodham Clinton has put issues of race and gender front and center.
Has coverage of these issues elevated public discourse in the United States —
or created greater divisions? How will the media’s role in framing these issues
resonate after November?"

I'd be intrigued to see how this goes to say the least. Given what happened this year, I'd like to have seen this as two separate panels.

Any chance you are catching/caught it?

BAC said...

Angelina - Welcome, and I agree we need to do more to eradicate cancer. Having lost both my parents to cancer it's something I care deeply about.

Dcap - excellent idea. I had dinner tonight with a fellow blogger, Dr. Spocko, who is doing his part to get hate-filled radio talkers off the radio in San Francisco. He's been threatened by some major corps, but he just keeps on plugging away at them. Very impressive.

MWB - I'm here for work, so I haven't had a chance to see everything I wanted to see. I did manage to hear about 45 minutes of this presentation. It was very good, but -- and please don't anyone jump on me -- the portion I got to see dealt more with issues of racism than of sexism. But that could have been because I joined the workshop late.

Laura Flanders, whom I love, made a great comment when she said "I wish Clinton had said 'if you are voting for me because I'm white I don't want your vote' and that Obama should have said 'if you are voting for me because I'm a man I don't want your vote' " ... she said it much better than I just did here.

The evening session was excellent! I'm just too tired to blog about it tonight.