Policy and Politics: Sessions will highlight today’s most pressing media policy debates, discuss how to advance the public interest in Washington and explore how the media impact the world’s most pressing political issues.
Social Justice and the Fight for Media Equality: Sessions will explore the connections between media and organizing efforts aimed at improving the lives of everyday people. Sessions will also examine the media’s role in shaping public and political discourse about the critical social justice issues of our time.
Journalism and Public Media: Sessions will focus on the future of journalism and the First Amendment in the digital age. These sessions will spotlight innovative projects, tackle controversial debates and explore policy ideas through the lens of community, ethnic, alternative and public media.
Culture, Creators and Media Makers: Sessions will look at cultural production — the making of media, how creators use media and technology and the influence of pop culture in our society. This track will feature artists ranging from musicians and comedians to radio producers and documentary filmmakers. The track will include workshops on the creation of media in its many forms and the policies that support — or threaten — media making.
Internet Freedom: Sessions will investigate how the free and open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century — and will look at the policies that could help us achieve Internet freedom for all.
Workshops and Trainings: Sessions will include how-to workshops, hands-on trainings, skill-building exercises, case studies, models for successful campaigns and strategies for engaging key constituencies. These sessions will “cross-pollinate” with the topics and themes explored throughout the conference program.