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VIDEO, Free Speech TV: FAIR founder Jeff Cohen interviews WIMN founder Jennifer L. Pozner at NCMR2008

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July 10th, 2008

After participating in countless, endlessly contentious news debates on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN over the last couple of years, it was such a pleasure last month when I got the chance to discuss a broad range of media issues with Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) founder Jeff Cohen, who guest hosted for Free Speech TV at the National Media Reform Conference (check out the video below).

In just fifteen minutes, we were able to cover quite a bit of ground, including:

*FAIR’s media monitoring and media accountability work,

*Women In Media & News’s inside/outside strategies for achieving feminist media justice,

*WIMN’s work with journalists and producers to increase the diversity and quantity of women’s voices appearing in public debate,

*the need to support independent print and broadcast media (such as Bitch:Feminist Response to Pop Culture and In These Times magazines, Free Speech TV, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and others),

*the impact of media consolidation on reporters’ ability to produce quality journalism,
sexism in reality TV,

*the use of blogging and new media as an alternative space for women’s voices in media,

*MAG-Net (the Media Action Grassroots Network)’s ten point plan for transforming the media…

…and would you believe that’s only about half of where our conversation took us?

The following video interview between Jeff and myself was filmed live by Free Speech TV (and played on TV and streamed online) at the National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR2008):

This is the kind of multi-faceted discussion that can happen when the goal of media is to inform the public rather than to serve advertisers, product-placement marketers and corporate parent companies. All the more reason to support independent, non-commercial media.

And, all the more reason to support the multi-faceted, inside/outside feminist media justice work that I discussed in this Free Speech TV segment — WIMN can only keep doing this work with your help, and we appreciate any donation you can make. (Click the previous link for ways to donate online, or by fax or snail mail.)

And if you’ll be in the Bay Area on July 17th, come hear more about WIMN’s work, talk shop, strategize, meet amazing media activists and inspiring journalists, and eat our snacks at WIMN’s Bay Area House party. RSVP to this Evite and/or to info[at]wimnonline[org] if you’d like to attend, see my prior post for more information on our co-sponsors – including Lisa Jervis, Martha Wallner, Jeff Perlstein, Sarah Olson and Lisa Rudman. (Time and location are in the Evite — you may have to register to view the Evite — if you still can’t view it, email WIMN for logistics and to RSVP.)

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