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NCMR 2008: Part Conference, Part Rally

Peter Fleck has a good first blush on the National Conference of Media Reform, so I’m not gonna reinvent that wheel.

Free Press site has links to all the major keynotes and plenary sessions from the National Conference for Media Reform and I think they are uploading video of all the sessions this week (and beyond—there were so many excellent sessions and it’s probably going to take some time). Here’s the video archive. Local folks will want to listen to Keith Ellison’s impassioned plea around reform and Janice Lane Ewart’s [sic] (KFAI Radio) opening address. Bill Moyers’ and Dan Rather’s vids are up too. Watch for Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Shá Cage, Arianna Huffington, and Van Jones. For a twitterful view of the NCMR check Twemes. [Erica’s note: Or Summize.] The official tag for the conference was NCMR2008.

The Minnesota Independent (formerly Minnesota Monitor/MnMon and henceforth known as MnIndy) has a wrap-up, including audio from sessions MnIndy folks participated in.

The Uptake has spectacular footage. The best of the best is the FOX News ambush of PBS’s Bill Moyers and coverage of the Live From Main Street Town Hall which took place Sunday afternoon after the conference. Find the full program in the on-demand content at their Mogulus channel and clips at their channel [1] [2] [3] [4].

I’ve got a rough cut of my notes from the sessions I attended over at my place.

Never did find out what was up with the polar bear.

Live From Main Street Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Minneapolis

The Live From Main Street folks are in town for the National Conference on Media Reform and will also be hosting this event on Sunday:

We’re excited to invite you to Live From Main Street Minneapolis ( – the first in a series of televised town hall events designed to shake-up boring horse race election coverage and highlight what’s really at stake this election season.

Please join us for the premiere event at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis at 2pm June 8 for: Getting Heard this Election Season: What Stands Between the Public and a True Story?

Inspired by the work of everyday activists and local independent media, Live From Main Street’s first town hall will explore what it takes to get heard in the era of big media and diminished civil liberties.

Hosted by Laura Flanders, author of Blue Grit and host of Free Speech TV’s Grit TV and KFAI and Insight News’s Al McFarlane.


Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now!
John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation
Malkia Cyril, Director of The Center for Media Justice
Colleen Rowley, FBI Whistle Blower and 2006 Congressional Candidate
Joel Kramer, Founder of The Minneapolis Post [sic]
Paul Schmelzer, Managing Editor of Minnesota Monitor
Marlina Gonzalez, Program Director of the Unconvention and Intermedia Arts

WHEN: Sunday June 8, 2pm (doors open at 1pm)
WHERE: The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, Downtown Minneapolis
FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public. Seating is limited so please arrive early -doors open at 1pm.

RSVPs are now closed, so you’ll have to be there by 1:00 on Sunday for a shot at seats (which are still available).

I saw John Nichols speak on Thursday at the Journalism That Matters conference. Dude knows his stuff and presents it very well. He’s also one of the founders of Free Press, which puts on the NCMR.

(BTW, the Minnesota Monitor will become the Minnesota Independent on Monday.)

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