Monday, May 25, 2009

May 27 event: Where's the Money in Media?

Panel Discussion: CBC cuts, corporate media bailouts, exciting alternative models
Media Democracy Day Vancouver
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6:45pm - 9:00pm
VIVO Media Arts Centre
1965 Main St. near 3rd, close to Main Street/Science World Skytrain
Vancouver, BC

naava.smolash [at]


At this critical time when the new media environment is being molded and the traditional news industry is in a state of decline, creative approaches to journalism are urgently needed.

Yet politicians and policy makers are poised to further support the big conglomerates that got us into this mess in the first place. Canwest and other corporate media may even get a government bailout. At the same time, CBC is slashing jobs and programming under unprecedented cuts, and there is no end in sight.

-If news financed by big business is failing, what alternatives do we have?

-What role could/should CBC play?

-What other models for media are available?

-What can we do?

Vancouver's leading independent media makers lead a panel and discussion about proposed government bailouts of corporate media, the impacts of cuts to the public broadcaster, and exciting alternative models for media.

Charlie Smith, Editor, The Georgia Straight
Marika Swan, Interim Manager, Redwire Native Youth Media
Colin Preston, Library Coordinator & Canadian Media Guild Secretary for CBC Vancouver
Linda Solomon, Founder and Editor, Vancouver Observer

tune in to the live webstream at 7 pm Pacific Time, 10 PM Eastern:

Suggested Donation $7 in advance, $12 at the door
no one turned away for lack of funds.

Snacks will be served thanks to donations by the East Van Food Coop and Theresa's Cafe

bus tickets available thanks to the Bus Driver's Union (CAW local 111)

Free childcare available onsite with advance request

Seating is limited! To save your spot, please R.S.V.P. by net, phone, or email:

to register online:
by email: naava.smolash [at]
by phone: (604) 875-8455 (please leave a message)

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