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“The Point is to Change It”: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action

Leading radical media activists, scholars and students to meet in San Francisco, Nov. 1-3, 2013

“The Point is to Change It”: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action

November 1-3, 2013

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton St.

UDC Conference

Project Censored

Next weekend, over 200 radical media activists, scholars and students will convene to discuss The Point is to Change It: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action. Sponsored by The Union for Democratic Communications, Project Censored and the Department of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, the conference will take place on the main campus of the University of San Francisco, from Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3, 2013.

A stellar line-up of researchers, activists and media-makers will present their investigations of the most pressing problems with top-down corporate- and government-controlled media; showcase exemplars of independent, alternative media; and share some of the latest methods in media education. This conference represents a unique partnership, bringing together academic and independent researchers, educators, students, and media justice activists from across the U.S. and Canada, the Middle East, China, Africa and Latin America.

The event is open to the public.

Keynote speakers on Friday night include Davey D—respected for his work as a journalist, Hip Hop historian, syndicated radio talk show host, and community activist—and Daniel Ellsberg, an advocate of press freedom and the public’s right to know since he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971.  On Saturday evening, Dr. Yuezhi Zhao, from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, will talk about China’s contemporary media landscape and receive the 2013 UDC Dallas Smythe Award.

“The point is to change it.”  And in order to do so, we have to show up collectively. We hope you will join us.

For the full conference program and complete details, see the UDC Conference website

For press interviews or additional information, please contact:

Andy Lee Roth, Associate Director, Project Censored

andy<at>projectcensored<dot>org or 707-664-3398, ext. 4

Dorothy Kidd, Professor of Media Studies, University of San Francisco

kiddd<at>usfca<dot>edu or 415-422-5061

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