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Event Archive - Media Democracy Days Victoria: Janine Bandcroft (CFUV radio host, former StreetNewz publisher), David Black (Communication scholar, Royal Roads University), Chris Cook (Gorilla Radio, CFUV), Diane Dakers (Author: CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television), Kay Gallivan (CFUV), Brian Gordon (Fair Vote Canada), Jason Guille (Producer, Stream of Consciousness), Mandy Leith (Director, Open Cinema), Frank Lopez (Producer, subMedia), Andrew_MacLeod (Legislative bureau chief, The Tyee), Robin Mathews (Critic and web-columnist: Vive le Canada), Briony Penn (Columnist: Focus Magazine), Jo-Ann Roberts (Green Party candidate, former CBC radio host), Josh Paterson (Executive Director, B.C. Civil Liberties Association), Peter Sandmark (Executive Director, MediaNet), Bruce Saunders (Producer, Movie Mondays), Daphne Shaed (CFUV: Breaking Binary), Tom Shandel (Producer, GetAway Films), Jack Etkin (Shaw Community TV host: Citizen's Forum), Tasha Diamant (VulnerabilityVigils+Human Body Project)

Sat. June 6th 2015 Victoria Event Centre (All Ages)
9:00 - 6:00 doors at 8:30
Presented by: Darren Alexander, Media Rare
Media, Democracy, and You:
How To Find the News that Feeds Us.

Saturday June 6 -- A full day of speaker panels and presentations, featuring an impressive roster of journalists, media producers, communication scholars, and social justice advocates.

Designed to provoke discussion and debate about how our media choices affect our democratic interests, for better or for worse.

The Day’s Agenda
(panel moderators to be announced)

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9:00 – 9:15
August Thomas and the Esquimalt Singers and Dancers will sing, drum and dance traditional Honour Songs.

9:15 – 9:30
Welcome and introduction to the day’s proceedings.
Darren Alexander

9:45 -10:45
The Revolution Will Be Timeshifted:
The Reinvention of Canadian Television, with a CHEK TV case study.
Featuring: David Black (School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University), Diane Dakers (Author: CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television)

11:00 – 12:00
Democracy, How Now?
Do we have a free press? Do we have a democracy?
Featuring: Brian Gordon (Fair Vote Canada), Josh Paterson (BCCLA), Jo-Ann Roberts (Green Party candidate)

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:50
Mainstream vs. Main Street
How to make effective media without corporate dollars. The challenges, advantages, and tricks of the trade.
Featuring: Andrew MacLeod (The Tyee), Tom Shandel (Getaway Films), Briony Penn (Focus Magazine)

2:00 – 2:50
Through the Eyes of Women:
A perspective on media inclusion at CFUV.
Featuring: Kay Gallivan (Journalist), Liz McArthur (News Director), Daphne Shaed (Breaking Binary). Moderated by Janine Bandcroft (Winds of Change)

3:00 – 3:20
Radical Spotlight:
Frank Lopez and SubMedia. (Skype interview)

3:30 – 4:20
Critical Voices – What’s Missing?
Where are the stories? When do we take action? What are we waiting for?
Featuring: Chris Cook (Gorilla Media), Kevin Adam Henry (Media Producer, Culture Critic), Robin Mathews (Vive le Canada), Bruce Saunders (Movie Monday). Moderated by Zoe Blunt (Forest Action Network)

4:30 – 5:20
Critical Voices – New Directions
New possibilities for producing, sharing, and archiving our stories.
Featuring: Peter Sandmark (MediaNet), Mandy Leith (Open CInema), Jason Guille (Stream of Consciousness)

5:30 – 5:45
Closing summary and remarks.

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The following week includes a growing slate of events and workshops, all dedicated to our Media-Democracy theme, with an aim to forge producers out of consumers, and to entice engagement and mindful choices regarding our media.

Want to learn how to make citizen news reports with your digital device? Teens aged 13+ are encouraged to contact Kirk Schwartz at MediaNet to register for Saturday, June 6 workshop.

On June 4, Tasha Diamant is premiering a new show, entitled Skin in the Game as part of Media Democracy Days Victoria:

And anyone can join or visit Tasha as she holds a #VulnerabilityVigil, holding the word 'democracy' :
Sunday, June 7, 2015
2-3 pm
Broad St and Pandora
near CTV and Victoria City Hall

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