Election 08: Gender, race and the media

Gender, Race and the Media in Election 2008

6-9pm Thurs. Nov 6
(community media mixer, 6pm, program begins at 7pm)

Antioch University, 2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle

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For the first time in history, American voters had the opportunity to choose between a white woman and an African American man to be the Democratic presidential nominee -- and the Republicans have selected their first female vice presidential nominee -- much to the chagrin of some sectors of our media. Through much of this campaign season, sexist backlash and racial prejudice have dominated and distorted media coverage of one of the most important moments in U.S. history.

Join Reclaim the Media for a post-election discussion on how the important issues of this year's monumental election played out or got thrown out, in national news media. What went right and wrong, and how can we improve our media to strengthen our democracy?

Panelists include:

Jennifer Pozner (Women in Media and News, Brooklyn)
Naomi Ishisaka (One America, Seattle)
Lorena González (Latino PAC, Seattle)
B.J. Bullert (Antioch University Center for Creative Change, Seattle)
Cory Fisher-Hoffman (Prometheus Radio Project, Philadelphia)
• moderated by Jan Strout (Reclaim the Media)

Sponsored by Reclaim the Media with support from Reel Grrls, Seattle NOW, One America, Antioch University Center for Creative Change, National Women's Political Caucus of Washington and the Latino Political Action Committee of Washington.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey