It feels good to be a part of something bigger than one’s self. Even when we are forcused on local and regional news (act locally), some times we have to step back and look at the bigger picture (think globally). This year’s National Conference for Media Reform, to be held in Boston from April 8-10, will give me a chance to do exactly that. After experiencing the 2008 NCMR in Minneapolis two years ago as a member of the KFAI news team, this year KFAI colleague Dusty Hinz and I are travelling to Boston for another immermsion into local media from all over the nation (and even the world).
The nonprofit organization Free Press (freepress.net) organizes the conference, but it’s a grass-roots affair. For example, in 2008 an activist attendee from Troy, New York stayed on my couch to save money and make the trip affordable for himself. This year, I’m going to try couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com) myself.
Networking and exchanging ideas is at the core of the conference. There is also a great group of presenters, as well as a live broadcast of Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. (http://conference.freepress.net/schedule) I’m looking forward to attending and reporting on the conference.