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Saturday, March 12 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Open Wide: New Models for Public Media

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Interactive graphic novel mash ups, mobile transmedia scavenger hunts, service corps? As innovative technologies transform our society, encouraging and strengthening civic participation, conversation and interaction through social and mobile media, great concern still exists regarding the accessibility of credible and up-to-date information via a truly “public” media system. A growing consensus is that today’s public media must do more to fully reflect the public’s needs and engage the entire range of community members at the local level. But what are the elements of a 21st century public media that meets the needs of our increasingly diverse and sophisticated publics? Who are the partners poised to realize the vision of Public Media 2.0, to create an ecosystem that is “more local, more inclusive and more interactive,” as the Knight Commission Report put it? Greg Pak, creator of “Vision Machine,” Sue Schardt, executive director of the Association of Indenpendents in Radio, and Jacquie Jones, founder of the Public Media Corps, will talk about their provocative prototypes that push the boundaries of public media and will share their experiences working with communities of various kinds, with various needs to create new models. Orlando Bagwell, a veteran media maker and now director of the Ford Foundation’s new initiative, “JustFilms,” will moderate. FREE copies of Greg Pak's "Vision Machine" graphic novel will be given out to attendees!

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Orlando Bagwell

Dir/Just FilmsThe Ford FoundationORLANDO BAGWELL Director, Freedom of Expression Education, Creativity and Free Expression Orlando Bagwell is Director of the JustFilms media content fund at the Ford Foundation and is responsible for the Foundation’s global program in this field... Read More →
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Jacquie Jones

Exec DirNational Black Programming ConsortiumJacquie Jones is the Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a 30-year-old media arts organization that funds, distributes and produces public interest media for all platforms. Since taking over leadership... Read More →
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Greg Pak

WriterPak Man ProductionsGreg Pak is a comic book writer and filmmaker best known for writing "Batman/Superman" and "Action Comics" for DC Comics and "Planet Hulk" for Marvel. His feature film "Robot Stories" won 35 awards and screened in over 75 film festivals around the world. His... Read More →
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Sue Schardt

Exec DirAssociation of Independents in Radio Inc
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Susan Schardt

Exec DirAIR IncThe Association of Independents Radio’s Executive Director Sue Schardt is a respected radio veteran and award-winning producer whose path has taken her through public, commercial, community, and international media. She founded SchardtMEDIA Strategies 1998 to focus... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Sheraton, Capitol View Terrace

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