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Seattle event, 11/6: Gender, Race and the Media in Election 2008

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 4th, 2008

As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been on the road a great deal over the past two months, bringing WIMN’s multimedia lecture, “When Anchormen Attack! Gender, Race and the Media in Election 2008″ to more than a dozen communities across the country. It has been enormously gratifying to delve into these issues in depth, to meet so many of you and hear your ideas about media ethics and impact, and to see how motivated so many of you are to challenge media bias and work for fairer, more democratic media. (If you’re interested in bringing WIMN’s multimedia lecture series to your campus or community in the winter or fall, email us at info[at]wimnonline[dot]org, or contact WIMN online.)

Now that election day is upon us, there’s one last chance to join Women In Media & News — and many of our strongest media justice allies, including event organizer Reclaim The Media — in a dynamic Campaign ‘08 event.

If you’re in the Seattle area on Thursday, Nov. 6, I hope to see you at a community media mixer from 6-7pm, and then for a challenging, enlightening and inspiring program from 7 - 9pm at Antioch University.

EVENT: Gender, Race and the Media in Election 2008

WHEN: 6-9pm Thurs. Nov 6
(community media mixer, 6pm, program begins at 7pm)

WHERE: Antioch University, 2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle

(PDF flyer here)

WHY: For the first time in history, American voters had the opportunity to choose between a white woman and an African American man to be the Democratic presidential nominee — and the Republicans have selected their first female vice presidential nominee — much to the chagrin of some sectors of our media. Through much of this campaign season, sexist backlash and racial prejudice have dominated and distorted media coverage of one of the most important moments in U.S. history.

Join Reclaim the Media for a post-election discussion on how the important issues of this year’s monumental election played out or got thrown out, in national news media. What went right and wrong, and how can we improve our media to strengthen our democracy?

Panelists include:

Jennifer Pozner (Women in Media and News, Brooklyn)
Naomi Ishisaka (One America, Seattle)
Lorena González (Latino PAC, Seattle)
B.J. Bullert (Antioch University Center for Creative Change, Seattle)
Cory Fisher-Hoffman (Prometheus Radio Project, Philadelphia)
• moderated by Jan Strout (Reclaim the Media)

Sponsored by Reclaim the Media with support from Women In Media & News, Reel Grrls, Seattle NOW, One America, Antioch University Center for Creative Change, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and the Latino Political Action Committee of Washington.

Hope to see all Seattle-area friends there!

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