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Catch WIMN at WAM!2009, Friday, March 27 - Sunday, March 29

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

March 26th, 2009

As I’ve posted previously, Women In Media & News is proud to be a supporting sponsor of WAM!2009, the annual Women, Action and Media conference.

Organized by the Center for New Words and held at MIT in Cambridge, MA, WAM! brings together journalists and media makers from corporate and independent spheres, feminist activists, media scholars, academics and others who care about the media’s role in our culture — and women’s role within the media.

This year, as in years’ past, you’ll have a variety of chances to participate in sessions organized or facilitated by WIMN’s staff (hi!, that’s me, Jennifer L. Pozner) board chair Lisa Jervis, board member Veronica Arreola, and WIMN’s Voices bloggers Diane Farsetta, Shireen Mitchell and Silja Talvi:

Friday, WAM! Intensive Pre-Conference
Track: PR: Getting Your Work Out There
– 11:00 - 1pm: During the morning panel (”Why PR, Why not PR, and What it takes to do PR”), I’ll be speaking to the following topic: “Now the Media is Listening, How Do You Convey Your Message.” I plan to offer strategies, tips and advice for those who wish to become effective spokespeople for the issues they care about. I’ll be focusing primarily on debating in the pundit sphere, though many of the tips will be relevant for print as well. Bring your questions and get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your fightin’ words ready!

Saturday, March 28

11:00AM to 12:30PM
“Blogging for the Man: Challenging the Commodification of Online Communities”
WIMN’s Voices bloggers Veronica Arreola and Diane Farsetta will present along with Joanne Bamberger

2:00PM to 3:30PM
“Feminist Blogging: From Journalism to Activism in Election Years and Beyond”
WIMN board member Veronica Arreola and Executive Director Jennifer L. Pozner will present along with Kim Pearson and blogger Cynematic

4:00PM to 5:30PM
“More Than Guilty Pleasures: Sexism, Racism, Consumerism & Other Hazards of Reality TV”
WIMN’s Executive Director Jennifer L. Pozner will co-present this session with Andrea Isabel Quijada, Executive Director of the New Mexico Media Literacy Project. This session will include offer not only a look at representations of gender, race, class and consumption in reality television, but also a fun, lively media literacy activity, “Reality TV Bingo!”

“A WAM! Roundtable on the Economy: Crisis & Opportunity”
WIMN’s Voices blogger Diane Farsetta will present along with Randy Albelda, Tokumbo Bodunde and Tracy Van Slyke

Sunday, March 29
9:30AM to 11:00AM
“Women & Investigative Journalism”
WIMN’s Voices blogger Silja Talvi will present with Sarah Posner, Adele Stan and Sabrini Hersi-Issa

11:30AM to 1:00PM
“Social Media and Women of Color”
WIMN’s Voices blogger Shireen Mitchell will present with Keida-Ann Borgella and Corvida Raven

In previous years, WIMN’s staff and board have organized WAM! sessions on a range of media justice issues and feminist media activist strategies. This year, since we knew there would be a good number of such sessions organized by several of our allied organizations and media activists, we organized sessions on media content, strategic communications and new media. If you’re interested in structural change issues, do check out the full WAM! schedule and you’ll find sessions on everything from media access and ownership to Low Power FM radio to media and social movements, and more.

Those of you who are attending WAM!2009, I look forward to seeing you there — and hope you’ll attend my “reality TV bingo” session and/or the session on feminist blogging and journalism. Those of you who can’t come this year, it’s never too early to get information about next year’s conference — sign up for WAM!2010 by entering your email here.

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