Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Getting ready for NCMR!

Here at Reel Grrls, we're getting ready to head to Boston for NCMR, the National Conference for Media Reform, a conference put on by Free Press that brings together activists, media makers, educators, journalists, artists, policymakers and students who care about the future of media, technology and democracy.

The last NCMR was in 2008 in Minneapolis, and Reel Grrls was there. Our students had recently completed Generation of Consolidation, a documentary about media consolidation and how it affects youth as consumers and media makers. Filmmaker Sami Muilenburg came with us and spoke on a panel about youth media makers.

She emphasized the importance of making "media that matters" and showed a clip from the movie. She also got to personally hand a copy of the film to FCC commissioner Michael Copps!

Three years later (aka NOW) Sami and Reel Grrls are on our way to NCMR again. Sami is coming down from New York to join us, where she is currently enrolled in the film program at NYU Tisch and is interning for the fabulous org People's Production House. This time around we will be hosting a hands-on workshop about integrating social justice and media justice issues into youth media work. We're excited to partner with two awesome Boston youth media organizations, Press Pass TV and ICA Teens, to make this happen. And we're especially excited to be presenting a workshop led by youth that is very hands-on. Attendees will get to learn and try out youth media activities, and we won't let them sit or snooze through our workshop!

If you're already attending NCMR, we hope you'll consider joining us for our workshop. It's called "New Faces of Media Justice" and is on Sunday April 10th from 10:00-11:30am. More info here:

If you're in the area and considering attending NCMR, don't worry if you haven't registered! You can totally walk in and register for the event on the spot. The presenter line-up for this year's conference is off the hook! We're excited to see one of our fave analysts of women in the media Jean Kilbourne, FCC commissioner (and net neutrality champion) Mignon Clyburn, playwright and performer Sarah Jones, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Hard Knock Radio host and hiphop activist Davey D, Laura Flanders of Grit TV, friend of RG and Center for Media Justice director Malkia Cyril and many many more (full list of presenters here).

One more shout-out: Reel Grrls is proud to be a part of MAG-NET, the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community organizations working together for media justice. Members and allies of MAG-NET will be out in full force at NCMR this year, and they've put together this awesome list of events and workshops to check out while there.

That's it for now, but be sure to keep up with us via Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute accounts of our time at NCMR. Stay tuned to this blog too for a debrief afterwards. And hope to see ya there!

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