Past Conferences

Learn more about our conferences below — and find out more about Free Press by visiting our website.

Boston, April 2011

More than 2,500 people from 48 states and nine countries packed Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center for the fifth NCMR in April 2011. Speakers included former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Tony Award-winning actress Sarah Jones; FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps; Democracy Now! hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González; Sen. Bernie Sanders; GRITtv host Laura Flanders; Center for Media Justice Executive Director Malkia Cyril; Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron and activists from Boston to Minneapolis to New Orleans and beyond.

You may download the program from Boston here. Watch the video Change the Media, Change the World:

Minneapolis, June 2008

More than 3,500 people attended the fourth NCMR in Minneapolis. Notable speakers included journalists Bill Moyers, Dan Rather, Phil Donahue and Naomi Klein; Internet visionaries and new media innovators Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Arianna Huffington; and policymakers Sen. Byron Dorgan, Rep. Keith Ellison and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.

You may download the program from Minneapolis here. Watch the video Media Reform Begins With Me:

Memphis, January 2007

The third NCMR brought together more than 3,000 people to build better media and dance on Beale Street. Notable speakers included Bill Moyers; actors and activists Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Danny Glover; civil rights leaders Van Jones and Rev. Jesse Jackson; and policymakers Rep. Ed Markey, Sen. Bernie Sanders and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.

You may download the program from Memphis here. Watch the video Five Words for the National Conference for Media Reform:

St. Louis, May 2005

The second NCMR focused on the themes of media policy and media activism. More than 2,000 people participated. Speakers included comedian (and future senator) Al Franken, music legend Patti Smith, journalist Amy Goodman, commentator Jim Hightower and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.

You may download the program from St. Louis here. Watch the video Mobilizing Media Reform:

Madison, Wis., November 2003

More than 150 activists, intellectuals, policymakers, educators and media practitioners spoke at the first NCMR. Speakers included Bill Moyers, Al Franken and Sen. Russ Feingold. Nearly 1,500 people attended.

You may download the program from Madison here.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good