[act-ma] 2 Big OMB Events: Media and Democracy Panel, Fri., 7 p.m.; Media/Tech Conference, Sat., 10 a.m.

Jason Pramas jpramas at igc.org
Wed Oct 19 14:53:08 PDT 2011

[please forward widely]


Well, it's almost time for ourSocial Movements/Digital Revolutions 
conference <http://www.digitalmediaconference.org/>! And we've got great 
stuff happening on Friday night (10/21) with our opening conference 
panel on media and democracy"A Robot Sent to Destroy Me": The New Media 
Invasion and the Future of News 
<https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284475558243057>starting at 7 
p.m. (doors open at 6:30), and on Saturday (10/22) the conference proper 
is starting at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.).

Here's all the info you'll need ... come on down!

*"A Robot Sent to Destroy Me": The New Media Invasion and the Future of 
MIT Room 10-250 (Building 10, 2nd Flr., Room 250 - under the big dome)
near the 77 Mass. Ave. main entrance
Cambridge, MA
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Admission is FREE!


Featured Speakers
Andrew Rossi, Page One: Inside the New York Times Director
Kate Novack, Page One: Inside the New York Times Producer
Brian Stelter, New York Times Reporter
Sasha Costanza-Chock, Professor of Civic Media at MIT
Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press
Cindy Rodriguez, Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson University
Moderated by Jason Pramas, Boston Media Reform Network and Open Media Boston

Sponsored by Free Press, Lesley University, Mass. Global Action, MIT 
Comparative Media Studies, MIT Center for Civic Media and Open Media 
Boston with support from Participant Media

Facebook event page

full RSVP form at

*Social Movements/Digital Revolutions Conference*
Lesley University, Wolford House, Marran Theater
34 Mellen St.
Cambridge, MA


Featured Speakers
Marisa Egerstrom, OccupyBoston
Robin Jacks, OccupyBoston
Brian Kwoba, OccupyBoston
Nadeem Mazen, OccupyBoston
Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
Heidi Gautschi, Lesley University
Myrna Morales, Community Change, Inc.
Talia Whyte, journalist
Suren Moodliar, Mass. Global Action, moderator

Over a dozen workshops, including
*OccupyBostonMedia - A Workshop with its Media Activists
*From Online to Realtime: Using Media as a Catalyst to Organize Communities
*Wikileaks at the Local Level, What Would a City-wide Wikileaks Look 
Like and Achieve?
*Communication and Virtuality in Producing the New Commons
*Fact-Checking Social Media: How To Avoid Being Hoaxed

Admission to the SM/DR Conference is $35 (including lunch) for those 
that can afford it and free (inexpensive lunch available at Lesley 
University cafeteria) for students, low-income and #OccupyBoston 
activists ... although we won't say no to donations of any size, large 
or small.

Sponsored by Mass. Global Action, Open Media Boston, Lesley University, 
TecsChange, and the Organizers' Collaborative.

All conference info online athttp://www.digitalmediaconference.org 

That's it for now. Hope to see lots of OMB viewers there!

/Jason Pramas is Editor/Publisher of Open Media Boston


/If our events don't tickle your fancy, you might check out the 
following event on the same weekend

HOME, Inc., MIT, and the Barr Foundation, present a one-day conference on
Media Literacy. The event is scheduled for October 22nd and will take place
at the MIT Campus: Building E51 (Tang Center), from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This
year¹s conference theme is ³Media Literacy, a Focus on Youth: Learning,
Collaborating, and Creating the Future of Education² Here is the link for on
line registration:http://www.mlc2011.ezregister.com

Some of the feature presentations include:  1) A robust student maintained
web based portfolio that manages projects and lets teachers act as guides.
You will be able to see this in action as the nationally cable cast TeenTV
shows are looked at in various stages of development and students explain
how they developed their projects on line. 2) A look at 21st Century skills,
what they are and how they can be used as self assessment tools that
motivate students to achieve at higher levels. You will have a chance to
meet Dr. Arnold Packer, the Undersecretary of Labor in the Carter
Administration who championed 21st Century Skills and who¹s work is
underlying the Mass Work Based Learning Plan that is the gold standard for
assessing after school and out of school time programs.   3) A practical
look at the cost savings of new technologies and how that is affecting the
kinds of employment opportunities that your students will be facing,
particularly in media and journalism... The most practical example is
Backpack Journalism which will be  discussed in detail by education and
media innovator, Adam Weiss.

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