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Preserving Democracy: LA Media Reform Summit at Oxy on Saturday

Tomorrow's media summit at Occidental College focuses on preserving democracy. And other things American. | Photo by Joits via LAist's flickr pool.
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Mainstream media as we know it is changing. Has been for a long time. With bastions of old media like ABC news and the Los Angeles Times trimming their budgets and staff, people have to look elsewhere for fair and balanced news. The public still needs to make informed decisions--especially after the battle for health reform and the upcoming mid-term elections--but what will replace traditional media as government watchdogs? That's just one of the topics to be addressed at the day-long Media Reform Summit at Occidental College tomorrow.

The theme of the third annual summit is Preserving Democracy, and it aims to help Angelenos become "citizen mediamakers as well as critical consumers of corporate mass media."

The keynote address will be delivered by Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog, followed by the panel discussion, The Future of Media and Democracy: Traditional Journalism vs. New Media - Friends or Foes?”. Panelists include Steven Cuevas, KPCC, Sue Wilson, director of Broadcast Blues and Brad Parker, The Huffington Post. The panel will be moderated by Ian Masters, KPFK.

Presentations and workshops are scheduled throughout the afternoon, including "Keeping it Legal - Learning to Protect Yourself in the Interactive Media Space" with LAist contributor Lisa Borodkin and Christina Gagnier; "Spanning the Digital Divide with Mobile and Video Technology" with Will Coley, Carmen Gonzalez, Allison Biggar, Benjamin Stokes; and "The Fair Use Doctrine and Creative Commons" with Art Neill.

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LA Media Reform Summit 2010: Preserving Democracy
Occidental College
Saturday, March 27
11 am-5 pm with a reception following
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $10 for seniors and students with ID; free with Oxy ID.