SF March 18 event: The Future of Journalism: Community-Building, Collaboration and Inclusion

wanted to let you know about this exciting event tonight in San
Francisco.  Hope you can make it or help spread the word!


less than a decade, a new breed of networked progressive media has
engaged millions, harnessing a participatory online environment
that has allowed our voices to influence political campaigns, public debates, and policymaking at unprecedented levels.


Please join us for this exciting panel–The Future of Journalism: Community-Building, Collaboration and Inclusion

WHEN: March 18, 2010 6-7:30 PM
WHERE: The Women’s Building Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco

Join Tracy Van Syke and Jessica Clark–co-authors of the recently released book Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media–for
a conversation with three high-impact independent media producers about
how social media platforms are powering vibrant, diverse journalism
experiments. On hand will be Steve Katz, the publisher of award-winning
investigative magazine Mother Jones; Kevin Weston, the Director of New Media and Youth Communications at ethnic news network New America Media, and Susan Mernit, editor and publisher of community news hub Oakland Local.
Learn how these pioneers are thriving in the rapidly shifting media
environment and shaping independent journalism for the future.


Special thanks to our co-sponsors:

Media Alliance, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, Bay Area Video Coalition, New America Media, Oakland Local


Jessica Clark
is a writer, editor and researcher, with more than fifteen years of
experience spanning commercial, educational, independent and public
media production. A journalist and frequent media commentator, Clark is
the former executive editor of In These Times, a national,
award-winning monthly magazine of progressive news, analysis and
cultural reporting. Her freelance articles have appeared in such
outlets as the San Francisco Chronicle, the American Prospect online, The Ottawa Citizen and South Africa’s Wireless.
Clark is currently the Research Director for the Center for Social
Media, Scholar-In-Residence for American University’s School of
Communication and a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America
Foundation . She lives in Philadelphia.

Tracy Van Slyke
has dedicated her career as a journalist, communications professional
and media producer to building a strong independent media
infrastructure. She is currently the Director of The Media Consortium,
a network of the nation’s leading, independent, progressive media
outlets. She is also on the board of National People’s Action-a
national community organizing group and Women, Action & Media, an
organization dedicated to gender justice in media.  In 2009, she was a
Progressive Women Voices member at the Women’s Media Center. Van
Slyke is the former publisher of In These Times magazine and has co-authored landmark articles on strengthening the progressive media landscape. She lives in Chicago. 

Steve Katz is the Publisher of Mother Jones.
He joined MoJo in 2003 after several years as Vice President for
Development for Earthjustice, the nation’s leading non-profit
environmental law firm. He has more than 30 years experience in raising
money for the arts, neighborhood-based organizing, environmental
advocacy, and journalism. While at Mother Jones, Steve helped found and
was the first project director for the Media Consortium, a network of
more than 40 independent, progressive media organizations around the
United States. Steve has a PhD in Sociology from the University of
California at Santa Cruz (where his son, Noah, is also an undergraduate
theater major), and lives in the Bay Area with his wife Rachelle, their
dog Mingus, and two fish. Founded in 1975 to do independent
investigative journalism rooted in progressive values, Mother Jones
reaches an audience of 200,000 paid magazine subscribers and an online
community averaging more than 800,000 viewers each month.

Susan Mernit is the founder of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com)
news & community hub for Oakland, CA focused on environmental,
food, development and social justice issues, and the recipient of a
2009 New Voices grant from J-Lab at American University. She is also a
consultant and trainer.

former VP at AOL and Netscape, and a former Yahoo Senior Director,
Mernit was the consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge
in 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including
Salon.com & TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their
portal. She is the web & business strategist for The Center for
Investigative Reporting and their new California Watch project (californiawatch.org).
Mernit spent summer 2008 at TechStars, incubating a company that died;
that experience has super-fueled her energy. She is a CE at BlogHer, a
blogger, and a co-founder of Public Media Collaborative, a volunteer
group focused on training nonprofits, ethnic media & community
groups on using social media tools.

popular trainer and speaker, Mernit works regularly with The Knight
Digital Media Center at USC’s Annenberg School, and with The Maynard
Institute, and was the Keynote program chair for the October 2009
Online News Association conference in San Francisco.

Kevin Weston,
writer, youth advocate and multi-media content producer is the director
of new media and youth communications at New America Media (NAM). His
essays and news reports have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San
Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Oakland Tribune and the Boston
Globe among others. Kevin was a founding editor at YO! Youth Outlook
Multimedia and currently serves as the director and publisher of the
youth media portal founded by Pacific News Service/New America Media in
1991. He has appeared on Al Jazeera English, NPR’s ‘News and Notes’,
‘Forum’ on KQED Radio and is a frequent contributor to KQED TV’s ‘This
Week in Northern California’. Kevin worked as a reporter, editor and
graphic designer at The San Francisco Bayview and the Post Newspaper
Group two of the premire African-American media in the Bay Area and he
is the editor of African-America content at NAM. Kevin Has 15 years
experience in the youth development and leadership field working as a
case manager at the East Bay Asian Youth Center and Youth Together — a
multi racial violence prevention and youth leadership organization
based in Oakland. Kevin founded the new media department at NAM in 2005.

For more information about the book and the authors, please visit: www.beyondtheecho.net

PRAISE for “Beyond the Echo Chamber”


Beyond The Echo Chamber
tells one of the great untold stories of this decade: the evolution of
an entirely new (and newly powerful) progressive media… It’s a
must-read for media practitioners, consumers, and progressives of all

Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation


‘he-media’ to ‘we-media,'” Van Slyke and Clark document the shift from
a media universe dominated by a few grim men to one in which
progressive media can experiment, collaborate, report and have real

Laura Flanders, host of GRITtv and author of Blue Grit


book] takes us beyond the usual ideas about political media, message
and movement building… empowering people to break out of conventional
wisdom about politics and media and really start making their own

Mike Lux, co-founder of OpenLeft.com