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Mario Murillo <[log in to unmask]>
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Mario Murillo <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 2 Aug 2008 11:58:13 -0400
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Hola Gente,

Estoy de acuerdo, Bogotá seria un buen lugar para hacer Our Media!

Abrazos para todos en Ghana!


>>> Amparo Cadavid <[log in to unmask]> 08/01/08 11:25 AM >>>
Hello everyone!
We will have next IAMCR and ALAIC in Mexico.
I propose make next Our Media in Bogota. Universidad Javeriana and many
others will organize it.

On 8/1/08, G <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios friends,
> (apologies for English only. Could anyone give a rough summary in spanish?)
> I just returned from the IAMCR conference and wanted to raise the
> possibility of ourmedia/nuestrosmedios 2009 in mexico. Are there any
> ourmedia people in mexico who could organize it?
> I know we often have this discussion of whether to organize ourmedia close
> to an academic conference, and we have in the last 2 years decided against
> it. However, I think this coming year is a particularily good opportunity
> and we should reconsider the possibility:
> € IAMCR is currently very ourmedia-friendly
> IAMCR just elected a new board with people close to us: Annabelle Sreberny
> as president and John Downing and Ruth Teer-Tomaselli as vice-presidents.
> IAMCR is generally trying to become more open to grassroots networks, and
> re-orient itself back towards a more activist stance in general. The 2009
> conference theme is "Human Rights and communication" and there is talk
> about
> having at least one keynote speech and perhaps even a plenary session about
> alternative/community/citizens media. The community communication section
> co-vice chairs are myself and Ellie Rennie and the chair, Per Jauert is
> also
> very interested in working with ourmedia.
> There are a number of other benefits that should not be dismissed:
> € Cost solidarity
> Even if established academics only make up a small part of our consituency,
> it is good to have many attend. Every person that can pay a higher
> participation fee and their own travel expenses helps cover the cost of
> those who cannot. Also academics can often help with fundraising.
> € Promoting OURcause to the wider academic community
> Several people at the conference came up to me and asked about ourmedia,
> noting that they would love to attend it in the future. They had become
> interested in alternative, community and citizens media thanks to the
> Barcelona and Porto Alegre conferences (which were back to back with IAMCR
> and promoted through the IAMCR network.)
> € Enabling academics to keep their commitment to ourmedia
> For established academics, universities will only pay for academic
> conferences (for US scholars, even IAMCR is sometimes not prestigious
> enough), or they have a limited conference budget. The problem is even
> bigger for younger researcher-activists who need IAMCR for their resume,
> even if they feel closer to ourmedia. I talked to at least 8 people who
> said
> they could not come to Ghana for such reasons. Having ourmedia separately
> forces many people to choose, often against their own inclination.
> € grassroots-academic synergy
> IAMCR organizers may be open to helping ourmedia arrange for space and such
> (as I think happened in Porto Alegre,right?). If we have ourmedia before
> IAMCR and we come out with some sort of a declaration, we may be able to
> get
> IAMCR to endorse it. The community communication section is planning social
> events and field-trips, which would be perfect to co-organize with
> ourmedia,
> and help connect academic and grassroots activists, which is part of our
> mission after all.
> As I said, I am very sorry not to be able to attend this year for personal
> reasons but I am looking forward to updates from Ghana!
> All the best,
> G
> PS: IAMCR 2009 will be held july 21-24 at universidad nacional autonoma de
> mexico.