Ask the people at nonpartisan, nonprofit Free Press, and they'll tell you: The media revolution has begun. The organization's mission is to root out corrupt media, and advocate for the advancement of independent media. The way they see it, gigantic media conglomerations have lobbyists and special-interest groups working for them, and media consumers should, too. Free Press is holding the National Conference on Media Reform in Minneapolis, complete with a cavalcade of the nation's most prominent journalists and media personalities, to promote public interest in media and strengthen local and independent media. The conference's presenters include CBS institution Dan Rather, conservative-turned-liberal blogger Arianna Huffington, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, former talk show host and producer of the documentary Body of War Phil Donahue, and Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of Air America Media and The Daily Show. There are so many fantastic speakers that there's no way you'll get to hear all of them. But you'll never have the chance again to see so many experienced and talented journalists and media professionals discuss how their viewers, listeners, and readers can become empowered and join the media revolution to save all forms of media from the ever-present threat of consolidation and lax federal media-ownership laws. Go to www.freepress.net or call 877.888.1533 for more information.
Fri., June 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2008