JOSEPH TORRES -- The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
New York Times bestselling author Joseph Torres is speaking as the keynote ofGrassroots Radio Conference 2012: The Future of Community Radio (July 26-29 at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center) on Friday, July 27 at 8:00pm.
Tickets $25 ($10 low-income) at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006. This event is open to the public!
Torres has written a landmark narrative history of American media that puts race at the center of the story. News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media is a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the internet age. It chronicles key government decisions that created our nation's system of news, major political battles over the role of the press, and the rise of media conglomerates and epoch-defining technologies. The book reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and unearths numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage. And it illuminates how Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American journalists fought to create a vibrant yet little-known alternative and democratic press and then, beginning in the 1970s, forced open the doors of the major media companies.
The Grassroots Radio Conference is a national conference that offers people from volunteer-powered, community radio stations a chance to connect with each other, learn new skills, discuss issues, and party. This conference is for everyone interested in shaping the future of community radio and independent media.
Grassroots Radio Conference 2012 is focusing on the Future of Community Radio. Hundreds of new community radio stations are being built right now and 1000+ new stations will be going on air in the next few years. With digital technology, local community radio stations have the opportunity to engage global audiences, deploy mobile studios, share community wireless internet, and become multi-media community centers. Together we will chart a vision for community radio as a dynamic community-building tool for decades to come!
Joseph Torres is Senior External Affairs Director for Free Press and advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation's media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the media reform movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Joseph also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Media Justice and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Before joining Free Press, Joseph worked as deputy director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years. He earned a degree in communications from the College of Staten Island.
Tickets $25 ($10 low-income) in advance only at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $15 at the door.
Admission to this keynote is free for all GRC registrants!
Friday, July 27, 8:00pm
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway Avenue, Urbana)
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (View)
202 S. Broadway Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
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