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Free Press Hosts National Conference for Media Reform


Legendary journalist Bill Moyers electrified an audience of more than 3,500 in Minneapolis on June 7 calling the media reform movement "the most significant citizens' movement to emerge in this new century."Moyers was speaking during the second day of the National Conference for Media Reform, an event that has gathered thousands of people dedicated to making the US media system more democratic, diverse and accountable.

Watch Moyers' speech now: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y0r71L7cojE

Moyers said that the work of activists has "challenged the stranglehold of mega-media corporations over our press" and fostered "alternative and independent sources of news and information that people can trust." "You're not alone, and you know what we need to know," he told the audience. "So it's up to you to tell the truth about this country we love... It's up to you to remind us that democracy only works when ordinary people claim it as their own."

"Decisions in the next few years will result in profound changes to the media landscape," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press. "The National Conference for Media Reform takes these critical media policy debates out from behind closed doors in Washington - and puts them into the public arena where they belong. This event highlights the movers and shakers in independent journalism, media accountability and the fight for the free and open Internet."

More than 250 presenters are featured at the National Conference for Media Reform. Among them:

  • Legendary journalists and modern-day muckrakers like PBS broadcaster Bill Moyers, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and author Naomi Klein.
  • Political leaders and policymakers including Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein
  • Internet visionaries and new media innovators like Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law, Tim Wu of Columbia Law, Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com, and Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake.com.
  • Civil rights leaders and social justice activists like Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women, Van Jones from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus.
  • Music, film, and independent media makers like radio host Davey D, Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films and Greg Watkins of AllHipHop.com.

Sessions covered a diverse range of key media and technology policies including: media ownership, the future of the Internet, war coverage, public broadcasting, media and elections, copyright, the First Amendment, online activism, ethnic media, and dozens more

Free Press

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications.

Free Press was launched in late 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney, journalist John Nichols and Josh Silver, our executive director. Today, Free Press is the largest media reform organization in the United States, with nearly half-a-million activists and members and a full-time staff of more than 30 based in our offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass.
Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund, our advocacy arm, are nonprofit organizations that rely on the support of our members.

Our Purpose
Media play a huge role in our lives. TV, radio, the Internet, movies, books and newspapers inform and influence our ideas, opinions, values and beliefs. They shape our understanding of the world and give us the information we need to hold our leaders accountable. But our media system is failing.

This broken system isn't natural. For far too long, corrupt media policy has been made behind closed doors in the public's name but without our informed consent. If we want better media, we need better media policies. If we want better policies, we must engage more people in policy debates and demand better media.

That's why Free Press was created. We're working to make media reform a bona fide political issue in America. Big Media companies have plenty of lobbyists to do their bidding. We're making sure the public has a seat at the table, and we're building a movement to make sure the media serve the public interest.
Free Press believes that media reform is crucial not just for creating better news and entertainment, but to advancing every issue you care about. A vibrant, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.