Editor's Note: This is the first of a five-part series that will address the need to develop independent media -- print, broadcast and Internet-based -- in Canada. All five articles will appear on rabble.ca. This first article explores the reasons why traditional media or corporate media -- that is, corporate-owned newspapers, TV, and radio -- no longer provide reliable news and information to the Canadian public. The next article, to appear on December 15, will look at how for-profit corporate media have filtered and censored the news for decades.
It is no secret that financial elites spend enormous resources to flood the info space with superficial information and outright nonsense. The media is full of celebrity gossip, ball and puck game "analyses", dog-adoption stories; and if they report political events, it is totally sanitized and distorted. The trashiest media outlets even have such sections as "weird news" and "wacky news".
10 years after the Battle in Seattle8:00pm
Featuring the special screening of:
BREAKING THE SPELL
An hour-long look at the 1999 Seattle WTO protests and the anarchists who traveled there to set a new precedent for militant confrontation. Filmed in the thick of the action, including footage that aired on 60 Minutes, it captures a moment when world history was up for grabs.
And Trip-Hop, Acid Jazz Broken Beats by:
Veteran DJ and host for Co-Op Radio's Art of Beats rocks the house late into the night.
Donations: $5-$10 sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds
All proceeds support independent media in Vancouver
We are fortunate to have broadcast journalist, scholar, theatre artist and the current holder of the Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at MSVU, Rita Deverell, as guest speaker for our 10th anniversary celebration and fundraiser. You might recognize Rita from her time on Vision TV. She is also former Director of News and Current affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network. The title of her talk is: "Who will Inherit the Resource of the Airwaves?."
We also have a wonderful musician who will play after the sumptuous buffet dinner for a dance - John DeWolfe. It will be a sensational evening. Tickets must be purchased by Nov 16. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Public outreach basically means getting the word out about a campaign and connecting with people who'd be interested. It can also be used to increase pressures on politicians, communities and spread information. The best public outreach gets people to understand and care about your campaign. This guide will cover:
Crafting a message
Crafting a message
This guide is intended to help activists identify the key elements needed to produce a successful news release.
- Why do you need media coverage?
- Who are your intended audience?
- Which type of media are you targeting?
- What are the key messages?
- Is the contact person to field follow ups from media/journalists clearly identified?
- Does this person have a set of talking points?
- Have you considered the context in which this press release is being issued?
Elements of a Succesful News Release
Two networks of groups, Canadians for Al Jazeera and Campaign for Democratic Media, have partnered in a campaign to support Al Jazeera English’s CRTC application to broadcast in Canada.
Canada’s broadcast regulator is accepting public comments until June 8. These groups have already generated in excess of a thousand letters from the public in the hopes of giving Canadians the choice of watching a truly independent global news network among the overwhelming 500-channel universe currently available.
The ‘CNN effect’ introduced in the 1991 Gulf War served to mobilize international support behind U.S. forces invading Iraq through its live coverage of the conflict from the perspective of Western power centres.