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Women's Caucus at the Media Reform conference 2005

Report back from the Women's Caucus at the National Conference on Media Reform.
Will post more later, but wanted to report back from the Women's Caucus at the National Conference on Media Reform.

Approximately 70 - 80 women and male allies came together and, in a total of 90 minutes, collectively decided on about 50 topics that needed to be addressed related to women and media issues, and then collapsed those several dozen issues into six core workship groups. These included:

a. media policy as a woman's issue
b. movement building and networks - ie, building collaboration and support for the intersected issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, physical ability and the like within the media reofmr movement and within our larger social justice movements;
c. increasing women's voices in media as experts, sources, and shapers in the media
d. the political process, the war on women, and the media
e. supporting, building and creating women's media
f. representations/images of women in media content

Once we settled on these as the core issues we were to discuss in the caucus, we broke into working groups and discussed the core structural, political and personal concerns/problems of the group topic, and then strategized what we can do to create change and forward momentum.

We reported back to the larger group, and will be distributing notes to the entire group.

Of major concern overall was the fact that there were not enough voices of women and people of color and the LGBT and low-income communities represented in the plenaries and throughout the conference - and there was NOT ONE SINGLE session, workshop, or panel discussion about women as significant stakeholders in the media landscape. Feminism was off the radar of the NCMR. The women's caucus did what we could to represent for this community, and tried to model progressive feminist principles in the organization and practice of the caucus itself.

When the notes are compiled I'll report back.

--Jennifer L. Pozner
Executive Director
Women In Media & News (WIMN)
director (at) WIMNonline.org
 
 

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Re: Women's Caucus at the Media Reform conference

FAIR and certain foundation-sponsored alternative media celebrity/"super-star"/gatekeepers within the U.S. anti-war movement subculture still claim to be "feminists." Yet why did they organize their "media reform" conference in such an elitist, hierarchical, anti-feminist way? Isn't it a bit anti-democratic for a handful of unaccountable women alternative media "super-stars" to monopolize control of the alternative media radio microphones for over 10 years, instead of rotating and sharing control of the alternative media radio microphones with younger feminist women from the grassroots of the anti-war movement?
 

Re: Women's Caucus at the Media Reform conference

Thanks for posting. I appreciate your comments. After attending this year's conference, I have no plans to attend next year's. Their "reform" isn't something I'm interested in. When they actively involve women, people of color, LGBT, and those with disabilities- yeah, then it'd be reform. And then I make a point to join them.
 

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