Re-invent Canadian media at Media Democracy Day

"Now is the time to re-imagine and re-invent what we want Canada’s media to look like.The current media system in Canada is going through major transformations with both the fall of traditional journalism and corporate media and the rise of new social media tools and citizen-based journalism," OpenMedia.ca's website says and that's the truth.

Canadian media is undergoing massive changes.  How can ordinary people ensure that they get the kind of media they want now and in the future?  on Nov 6 from  12:00pm until 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library,  Media and Democracy Day opens the conversation once again, drawing together an array of national and local media leaders with the public to spend a day considering one of the most important issues of our time.   

Convened by the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library, Media Democracy Day is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but seating is limited.

Pre-register here: http:...//mddvancouver.eventbrite.com/

Here's the line-up for this year's MDD:

Opening Keynote:
Tony Burman, Senior Executive of the Americas for Al Jazeera English

Panelists:
-Dr. David Skinner, Professor at York University, indie and alternative media expert

-Dr. Donald Gutstein, Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, expert in neoliberal and Conservative rhetoric, author of Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy

-Colleen Kimmet, Environment and science columnist for The Tyee

-Gwen Barlee, Policy Director at the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee

-Ken Wu, High profile environmental activist with the Ancient Forest Alliance

-David Eby, Founder of PIVOT legal society and executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Society

-Hart Snider, Digital filmmaker and documentarian

-Martha Rans, Legal Director at Artists' Legal Outreach and Vancouver project lead for Creative Commons Canada

-Geoff Glass, Copyright expert and representative of Fair Copyright for Canada

-Amber Dawn, Program Director at Out on Screen and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, outspoken advocate for the queer community

-Mary Lynn Young, Director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and recognized expert on gender and the media

-Marsha Newbury of Women in View

Workshop Session:
Engaging the Resistant Among Us: Achieving Change Through Documentary and Journalism
Facilitated by Liz Schulze of the Pacific Cinematheque

More speakers to be announced.

Attendees can also visit our Media Democracy Fair on the upper promenade of the Library. Visit and chat with over twenty local media organizations, activist groups, and media artists including:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
rabble.ca
Amnesty International
Access to Media Education Society
Pull Focus Film School
Out on Screen
Gen Why Media
Hello Cool World
British columbia Civil Liberties Association
Discorder Magazine
CJSF radio
CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio
Momentum Magazine
The Vancouver Observer
Access to Media Education Society
...and many more!

Come to Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010 and question the media landscape that surrounds you, create alternatives and new ways forward, and transform the system for the better!

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: http://mddvancouver.eventbrite.com/
Pre-registration helps us estimate audiences and print the right number of program booklets and on-site materials.

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