Michael Weisman on Mon, 7 Apr 2008 14:38:46 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> FW: [UDC] Academic research for media reform - a symposium for scholars

Nettime and CMR members (and you know who you are);

I want to encourage all Nettime and CMR members to attend the
(inter)National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis in July.  Amit?s
offer described below lets you get the early bird registration if you attend
both the academic conference and the main conference.  Both are excellent
events and you will not be sorry.  There will be many people attending from
all over N. America and the world, and I have suggested you might want to
contact others attending to setup a dinner or drinks event to help people
meet each other.  

The main conference will be a very large affair with between 3000-5000
people.  The academic conference is a few hundred.

I encourage you to post info about the NCMR to your lists.

Mike Weisman

> ------ Forwarded Message
> From: "Amit M. Schejter" <schejter@psu.edu>
> Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 15:58:20 -0400
> To: <mediareformconference@psu.edu>
> Subject: [UDC] Academic research for media reform - a symposium for scholars
> Dear friends and colleagues,
> This is a quick update and reminder about the symposium for scholars
> <http://www.freepress.net/conference/academic08>
> <http://www.freepress.net/conference/academic08>  which will take place in
> Minneapolis on June 5th, a day before the National Conference on Media Reform
> <http://www.freepress.net/conference> <http://www.freepress.net/conference>  .
> The symposium is called ?Academic Research for Media Reform,? and the program
> is now online <http://www.freepress.net/conference/academic08>
> <http://www.freepress.net/conference/academic08>  . We urge you to register
> and join us there in this unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue between
> academics and media reform advocates.
> We are very excited about this year?s program.  It offers an expansive
> presentation of scholarship on the most pressing issues in the media reform
> community.  The program committee?through a double-blind peer review
> process?generated 8 sessions of papers submitted by leading academics from the
> nation's top schools.  The sessions will focus on media ownership (and the
> FCC's research effort), sustainability of independent media, access to
> dominant platforms, network neutrality, international media reform efforts,
> and the media reform movement itself.
> The symposium also features three special sessions.  There will be an
> opportunity for a roundtable discussion with members of the "future of
> American telecommunications working group" (<http://www.fact-wg.info/>
> <http://www.fact-wg.info/>  ).  This group is currently designing a new media
> and telecommunications policy framework for the new administration in 2009. In
> addition, there will be a session on "copyright and free speech" in which Neil
> Netanel will present his new book ?Copyright's Paradox? and Saskia Sassen, the
> Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University will deliver a key note
> speech.
> All registrants to the symposium are eligible for the "early-bird" fare for
> the NCMR itself -- we urge you to stay for both.
> We hope the symposium will be an opportunity to strengthen the ongoing
> commitment to a fruitful cooperation between the academic and activist worlds
> as well as to find immediate, practical applications for this critical work.
> We look forward to seeing all of you in Minneapolis!
> Amit M. Schejter, Ph.D. Ben Scott
> Assistant Professor of Telecommunications Policy Director
> Pennsylvania State University Free Press

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