2008 Symposium

Park Center for Independent Media Inaugural Symposium:
"The Future of Independent Media: Growth and Challenges”  (Sept. 15-16, 2008) 

In mid-September 2008, a unique symposium brought leading figures in independent media to Ithaca College – including a blogger whose investigative work led to the resignation of a U.S. Attorney General, a documentary filmmaker whose pioneering efforts in Internet marketing and fundraising have unnerved various corporate interests, and an editor of a muckraking book on civil liberties that became an instant best-seller thanks to coordinated blogosphere word-of-mouth.  


In a period of transformation in communications technology and crisis inside traditional media, the inaugural symposium of the new Park Center for Independent Media convened two-dozen independent journalists, bloggers, TV and radio producers, filmmakers and technologists for animated, upbeat discussions of the latest, best practices in independent media. [Read more.]


To view short bios of the symposium participants, click here.

Participants included:

Safir Ahmed editor, formerly at Alternet
Christopher Bowers  blogger, Open Left
Hubert Brown  associate professor, Syracuse University
David Cohn  Spot Us community-funded reporting
Julie Drizin  J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Robert Greenwald  Brave New Foundation 
Paul Jay  The Real News Network
Linda Jue  New Voices in Independent Journalism
Roberto Lovato  New America Media
Josh Marshall  Talking Points Memo
David Mathison  Be The Media.org
Dori Maynard Maynard Institute
Amanda Michel  HuffingtonPost’s Off the Bus
Jim Miller  Brave New Foundation, IC alum
Jonathan Miller Homeland Productions
Jefferson Morley  D.C.-based Center for Independent Media
Denis Moynihan Free Speech TV
Hye-Jung Park  Media Justice Fund
Juana Ponce de Leon  New York Community Media Alliance
Steve Rathe  Murray Street Productions, IC alum
Gail Robinson  Gotham Gazette
John Stauber  Center for Media & Democracy
Tracy Van Slyke  The Media Consortium
Deanna Zandt  technology consultant, AlterNet

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