SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010:
DEMOCRACY vs. Propaganda State: Why
We Must Support Independent Media
and Build a Real Alternative to Corporate Power
SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2010 in NEW HAVEN, CT Can American Journalism Be Revived?
"DEMOCRACY vs. the Propaganda State? Why We Must Support Independent Media and Build a Real Alternative to Corporate Power"
A public forum with John Nichols, The Nation magazine Washington correspondent and co-author with Robert McChesney of "The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that will Begin the World Again"
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010 2-4 p.m.
Center Church on the Green Parish House,
Pratt Hall, 311 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
Suggested donation $15, students $5
Booksigning, light refreshments to follow.
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- Internet won't fill journalism gap, Op-ed by John Nichols, New Haven Register, June 17, 2010
- Press Time: John Nichols, Interview with John Nichols, by Emilia Murdoch, New Haven Advocate, June 15, 2010
- Interview with co-author John Nichols, with Scott Harris on WPKN, June 14, 2010 (MP3)
- Interview with co-author Robert McChesney, May 4, 2010
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"John Nichols and Bob McChesney are the Thomas Paine and Paul Revere of our time. We ignore them at democracy's peril." -Bill Moyers Daily newspapers are closing across America. Washington bureaus are shuttering; whole areas of the federal government are now operating with no press coverage. International bureaus are going, going, gone.
Journalism, the counterbalance to corporate and political power, the lifeblood of American democracy, is not just threatened. It is in meltdown.
In "The Death and Life of American Journalism," Robert W. McChesney, an academic, and John Nichols, a journalist, who together founded the nation's leading media reform network, Free Press, investigate the crisis. They propose a bold strategy for saving journalism that looks back to how the Founding Fathers ensured free press protection with the First Amendment and provided subsidies to the burgeoning print press of the young nation.
John Nichols has worked as a daily newspaper journalist and magazine writer for 25 years, reporting from more than 25 countries and interviewing every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter. A pioneering political blogger for The Nation, he is the magazine's Washington correspondent. He is also the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wis. A co-founder of Free Press, he appears regularly on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and other broadcast and cable networks.
Robert McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or editor of 16 books. His work has been translated into 21 languages. He is co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization and hosts "Media Matters" on NPR-affiliate WILL-AM radio. www.robertmcchesney.com
Free Press (www.freepress.net) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, the organization works to promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications. Free Press has nearly half-a-million activists and members and a full-time staff of more than 30 based in their offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass.
John Nichols was also the keynote speaker at the The International Federation of Journalists 2010 World Congress, May 25-28, 2010, where they launched the IFJ report on the future of journalism.
- 2010 IFJ World Congress Programme
- "Journalism: Unions in Touch with the Future, A Report of the International Federation of Journalists"
- Other IFJ Congress Documents
- Free Press's "Media Policy 101"
- Free Press's Action Guide
Center Church on the Green Parish House
311 Temple St., New Haven, CT
From I-91, North or South
Take Exit 3 - Trumbull Street.
Go straight on Trumbull Street for one block, and take a left onto Temple Street. The Parish House is on the left side of the street, and the Church Meeting House building is on the right side, about one block further.
From I-95 (North or South)
Follow the signs in New Haven to I-91 North (towards Hartford) and follow the directions for I-91 above.
From Wilbur Cross Parkway (CT-15) Southbound
Take exit #63. At end of ramp, turn left onto Hartford Turnpike and drive three miles. USNH will be on your right.
Take Whitney Avenue south into New Haven (it then becomes Temple Street). The Parish House is on the left side of the street, and the Church Meeting House building is on the right side, about one block further.
See a map of the area
Parking Street parking in New Haven is free on the weekends. There is a Yale lot across from 311 Temple Street which is open to the public. Please note that the International Arts Festival is going on this weekend; depending on the Arts Festival events schedule that day, parking in this lot may be limited.
The Day's Schedule
- 1-1:45 p.m. Press interviews
- 1:30 p.m. - Doors open, networking, book and product sales, tabling in church lobby. All tickets can be paid at the door, cash or check made payable to The Global Center
- 2 to 3 p.m. John Nichols' talk and Q&A
- 3:15-4 p.m. Booksigning and light refreshments
Center Church's Parish House is behind the New Haven Public Library.
Limited seating. Please call (203) 268-8446 for more information or to reserve advance reservations.
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What Readers are Saying About "The Death and Life of Journalism:
The Media Revolution that will Begin the World Again"
"No one seriously denies the extraordinary threat that journalism in America faces today. Nor can anyone serious ignore this extraordinary account of its source and solution. In this beautifully crafted and compelling book, McChesney and Nichols show us that the problem is not just the Internet. Nor is the solution just the Internet. Instead, the real answer to challenges that media face today is the same solution our Framers chose: public support for public media." -Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School "The field of journalism is in such profound crisis that it cannot even summon the energy to make a case for its own existence. Nichols and McChesney make that case with great persuasiveness and clarity; indeed no two people are more dedicated to the transformative, democratizing power of journalism not as it is, but as it should be." -Naomi Klein "The stakes are huge, the time is now, read this book!" -Phil Donahue
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- 2010 IFJ World Congress Programme