Friday, October 18th
Introduction by Steve Katz, Publisher, Mother Jones
Democracy is in crisis, and one central reason is the transformation of the media landscape resulting from the collapse of the economic model for news. From where will truth-seeking, fact-based, trustworthy journalism come as we rebuild our democracy? How do we overcome the hyper-capitalist algorithm devouring the free press? Monika Bauerlein is the groundbreaking CEO and former Co-Editor of Mother Jones, which since 1976 has stood among the world’s premier progressive investigative journalism news organizations.
October 18th | 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Fake news, junk news, viral headlines, scandals and newsroom layoffs. What’s happening in—and to—the news can make your head hurt. But there is a way to build a better, more just and democratic model for journalism than the corporate media of the past. We’ll hear from the courageous people doing it. Hosted by Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein. With: Lila LaHood, Publisher, San Francisco Public Press; Nikhil Swaminathan, Executive Editor of Grist; Marcia Parker, publisher of CalMatters.
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Showcase Theater
The renaissance of documentary films is having real impact and influence on social change. How can documentaries best achieve this purpose? How can filmmakers be best equipped to operate in today’s vastly expanded digital space, including navigating difficult issues of “fair” and “transformative” use? Hosted by: Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker and founder of Change Making Media Lab at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. With: master filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, (Racing Extinction, The Cove); Jennifer Taylor, multiple award-winning documentarian (Paulina, Home Front, New Muslim Cool); Shaun Spalding, leading intellectual property attorney at New Media Rights; Stephen Most, award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright and author of Stories Make the World, Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
Facilitated by Tianna Arredondo and Robin Bean Crane
Come practice your storytelling skills in this creative media laboratory. We’ll discuss ethical journalism dilemmas, enact on-the-ground direct action scenarios, and engage each other in telling our unique stories on and off camera.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Youth Unity Center
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