Three Days of Supreme Awesomeness

When my mom and dad visited Boston for their first National Conference for Media Reform, they were in shock. They thought that I just helped put on this tiny event that maybe 100 activists attended. They didn’t expect the thousands of people in attendance — or the sheer energy of the experience.

The Boston conference was great, but we at Free Press are not content to rest on our laurels. We’re planning something even better for our next conference, which will be held in April in Denver.

People gather at our conferences because they believe we can have better media. They believe in an Internet that is accessible, free from censorship and open to innovation. They believe there is a vibrant future for public media exempt from the threat of budget cuts. They believe we can take on the big companies and corrupt policymakers controlling our media — and win.

And they know it takes a grassroots movement to push for this kind of change. That’s what the National Conference for Media Reform is all about.

I’ve been lucky enough to help plan the last four conferences. While I’ve had to spend a good bit of my conference time running around at breakneck speed between sessions, I often get to glimpse the magic that happens.

Picture groups of activists huddled together conspiring about how they can create municipal broadband networks in their communities and organizers from the Prometheus Radio Project showing people how they can actually make their own audio cables and get on the air. There’s just this audible buzz that keeps me going when my feet start to hurt and I feel like I can’t go on.

Free Press puts on a great event; there are groundbreaking panel discussions, lively debates, rallies, music and dancing. Previous conferences have featured moving speeches from the likes of Bill Moyers, Van Jones and Naomi Klein — and raucous concerts from musicians like Billy Bragg and Erin McKeown. I once even witnessed former Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein play the blues harp on stage with the North Mississippi Allstars. But these speeches and performances aren’t even the best part.

The best part is that you can be in a room with thousands of people who also think we can win. Our conference brings together some of the nation’s best thinkers, activists and media makers because we believe that building a better world begins with people connecting to each other in person. You’ll leave feeling inspired — and energized from hanging out with people who care as much as you do about creating a better media system.

And guess what … it’s your lucky day! Free Press just opened conference registration and we’re now offering a one-time-only special discounted rate of $95. That’s $95 for three days of celebration, inspiration and learning. Sign up today, book your discounted hotel room and bring your friends and family.

The fight for better media continues in Denver. I hope to see you there.

Click here to register for our one-time-only super-discounted rate of $95. This offer is good until midnight on Fri., Nov. 23.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good