Conf: Public Media Caucus – Seattle

Public Media Caucus – Seattle
Friday, October 7, 2005
2:00pm to 5:00pm
911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

What role should public media play in the American media landscape? What should a vibrant, sustainable public media ecology look like? The Center for Digital Democracy is holding a participatory caucus to outline what public media should be in the United States and how we can make it so.

All of us are deeply concerned about the current state of the media, but unlike efforts in other countries, the U.S. has lacked an open, deliberative process to determine our public media needs and how to effectively meet them. The purpose of the caucus is to actively engage the independent media producing, distribution, activist, and funding community and those institutions that regularly use independent media such as libraries and museums in developing strategies to ensure a vibrant public media ecology.

Join panelists DeeDee Halleck, Deep Dish TV/Paper Tiger TV, media activist Sharon Maeda, Rick Prelinger, The Internet Archive, and filmmaker John de Graaf, who will provide an overview of independent media including a brief history of media production, distribution, and activism, along with examples of new production and distribution paradigms that are proving successful in generating audiences and revenues. The panel will be moderated by media consultant, Alyce Myatt.

The format of the Caucus will begin with the panel followed by a question-and-answer segment after which we will break into smaller working groups where the audience will participate in outlining public media needs and identifying strategies and tactics. We will then reconvene as a whole, with the groups reporting-out their key points. We will consolidate the information and determine specific action steps for moving forward.

The caucus will take place on Friday, October 7, 2005 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA.

This is second in a series of caucuses the Center for Digital Democracy will be conducting around the country. (The first was held in San Francisco and the report can be found athttp://www.democraticmedia.org/ddc/PublicMediaCaucus.php.)

We are working in concert with other local and national organizations and individuals to elevate the issue of independent public media and its critical role in civil society. We are particularly interested in combining the efforts and good thinking of the media makers with the work of media activists and reformers.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alyce Myatt, [email protected], (212) 765-0193. Seating is limited, but we hope you are able to join us.