Saturday Rocked. So Will Sunday!

Where else but at the National Conference for Media Reform can you hear panelists in one room discussing drone warfare in Afghanistan and in another debating the relative merits of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman?

Those were just a couple of conversations conference-goers were privy to on Saturday, a day chock full of amazing sessions, performances — and even some impromptu yoga.

Don’t even get me started on the keynote. Jamie Kilstein rocked as our emcee — negotiating a heckler with flair — and our house band, featuring some of Denver’s best musicians, put all other house bands at all other conferences in human history to shame.

We had raise-the-roof speeches from Lost star Evangeline Lilly (pictured), the Media Literacy Project’s Andrea Quijada, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and many other luminaries … and had the distinct pleasure of seeing Kimya Dawson and others close the night with a mashup of “1999” and Eddy Grant’s ’80s gem “Electric Avenue.”

And as a member of the backstage crew, I was privy to some pretty amazing interactions — and even got to see DeVotchKa’s Shawn King and Flobots Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit do some spur-of-the-moment push-ups before taking the stage.

Today is the final day of our conference, and the event is going out with a bang. Among today’s sessions: Comedians Janine Brito, Jamie Kilstein and others will explore political satire in Go Ahead, Laugh: Comedy for Breakfast, and panelists will discuss the impact of xenophobic coverage in Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem.

Our closing plenary, A Roadmap for Change, will give us plenty of reasons to feel faith in the future. Featured presenters include comedian Hari Kondabolu, West Wing actress and activist Melissa Fitzgerald, visionary media justice leader Malkia Cyril and some young feminists — Molly Culhane is just 14 — who are challenging media stereotypes.

Our hearts are full, Denver. Thank you for playing host to three days of nonstop inspiration, learning and fun.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good