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Summit On Media & Political Education Coming Up in MA

Hundreds of traditional and citizen journalists, politic al strategists, educators, bloggers, developers, technology and media researchers will convene June 29-July 1, 2006 at University of Massachusetts Amherst for the first Media Giraffe Project conference called “Democracy & Independence: Sharing News & Politics in a Connected World.” The Media Giraffe Project, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research effort of the UMass journalism program, is hosting the roundtable summit and how-to sessions designed to: * Consider and recommend answers to changes to the financing and practice of journalism * Bridge the gap between new and traditional media * Show and consider the impact of new media technologies on journalism and the “public sphere” * Spotlight emerging business models * Create new networks of media innovators which bridge traditional carriers among journalism, education, politics and technology * Watch and share innovations in media-literacy education. For more information or to register visit www.mediagiraffe.org/invite-dowire. Or contact Media Giraffe Project at 108 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA 01003, Tel. 413-577-4370 or email: mediagiraffe@journ.umass.edu

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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