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The truth has become a casualty of the campaign to support the war

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 06:52:17 +0000

Notes from the National Media Reform Conference Panel: The Press at War & the War on the Press

by Sarah Kuck

As a concerned group of media reform activists, those attending the National Conference for Media Reform were keenly aware of the problem with the U.S. coverage of the war: it’s been largely replaced with impressive audio/visual hype, discussions about facts have been replaced with discussions of ideology, and reliable sources have been whittled down to politicians and military personnel involved in the war. Embedded reporters struggle with remaining objective because those they report on safeguard their lives, while unembedded reporters continually risk their lives to do so. Those who attended the NCMR panel, The Press at War & the War on the Press came to have their questions answered about what the impact of this “coverage” has been, and especially to have Helen Thomas be one of those answering.

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There is no media justice without women: models for feminist media action

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 06:50:49 +0000

A National Conference for Media Reform panel on Saturday, January 3rd

by Sarah Kuck

Women, women, women; we were chatting, laughing, and exchanging stories and business cards in a conference room at the 2007 National Conference for Media Reform. We all gathered to listen to the panel titled “There Is No Media Justice Without Women: Models for Feminist Action.” I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I should have known that a panel run by and about women would turn into an inclusionary discussion on how we are all making change in our communities to increase women’s voices in the media.

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Women's media networking at the NCMR

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 06:44:25 +0000

by Sarah Kuck

The combination of feminist camaraderie, southern hospitality and general excitement to see what women would bring to the National Conference for Media Reform electrified the air at the Women’s Media Networking Breakfast.

Feminists of all ages, genders and races gathered in downtown Memphis bright and early to kick off a weekend dedicated to hope for a better, more just media, and therefore society. I knew the breakfast would be spectacular when I saw this group of enthusiastic and diverse people ebbing and flowing from room to room, rubbing elbows, gathering feminist media sources and devouring delicious breakfast treats; I was personally excited to see someone brought the soy milk.

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At the National Conference for Media Reform

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 06:42:55 +0000

by Sarah Kuck

One week ago I was up to my ears in grassroots media reform panels, speakers, booths, pamphlets and flyers. Besides the onslaught of mind-opening information the attendees received daily, the sights, sounds, smells and rich history of Memphis helped to solidify the feeling of the people’s movement.

Whether it was placed strategically or spontaneously the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the city in which he lost his life, the Conference’s timing and location helped to form a bridge between the energy and enthusiasm of the 1960s civil rights movement to today’s human rights movement. With 3,000+ attendees and 2,000+ watching via YouTube and the like, this weekend’s National Conference for Media Reform was a smorgasbord for the senses; my brain was swimming in the seemingly collective thought that change IS possible.

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