LIVESTREAM Friday, April 5, 2013

National Conference For Media Reform 2013

Free Speech TV and Free Press will be livestreaming various conference sessions throughout the weekend starting on April 5 at Noon MT.

The livestream will include the opening and closing plenaries, the keynote, and selected panel discussions, including:

All times MDT

Friday, April 5

10–11:30 a.m.
More Diversity, Less Consolidation: How to Change the Media

1:30–3 p.m. MT
From Billionaires to Big Media: Democracy Up for Grabs

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary: Learning from Our Past, Looking to the Future
Featuring Juan González

Saturday, April 6

9–10:30 a.m.
This Conversation Is Being Recorded

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Independent Journalism on War, Conflict and Human Rights
Featuring Amy Goodman

2–3:30 p.m.
Exposing ALEC: How Corporate Special Interests Control State Legislatures

4–5:30 p.m.
Covering Race in the Time of Obama

7:30–10 p.m.
Keynote: Celebrating Our Media Moment
Featuring Amy Goodman

Sunday, April 7

9–10:30 a.m.
Go Ahead, Laugh: Comedy for Breakfast

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary: A Roadmap for Change

Democracy Now! broadcast live from the National Conference for Media Reform on April 5, 2013. Guests included Free Press CEO Craig Aaron and Founder Robert McChesney, Colorado-based journalist Susan Greene and filmmaker Jean-Philip Tremblay. More →

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