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Workshops at MDD 2016 for Understanding and Action!

Local and global journalism often involves making compelling stories out of complicated realities. How do we ethically treat the people who are directly impacted by these realities? How can we amplify these voices to make change happen?

Two sessions at Media Democracy Days 2016 on November 19th delve into these important questions.

Do you have a complex issue that you want to bring to the attention of a larger audience?

Unpacking truths through Stories: Lessons from Making “Strangers at Home” will be a workshop where participants will grapple with how to communicate complex issues and ideas to any audience regardless of their familiarity with the subject. This workshop will help break down the process of soliciting stories, partnership journalism, and working with storytellers – including those whom you may not agree with. Participants are encouraged to bring issues and ideas that they’d like to craft into a narrative format.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Shayna Plaut, who has learnt these skills from her time spent as the Research Manager of the Global Reporting Centre and the Project Manager for the video series Strangers at Home. Strangers at Home explores issues of migration/anti-Semitism/racism/anti-Romani sentiment in Europe by focusing on local people’s experiences with these complex realities.
strangers-at-home

The second session we want to highlight, Amplifying Stories of Displacementwill be for folks who are interested in sharing personal experiences of displacement, or who are interested in how to do collaborative storytelling between displaced people, advocates, and media makers.

Media artist Minah Lee along with journalist Brielle Morgan of Discourse Media will facilitate this session. Minah will share her own work to demonstrate how we can use art to communicate the complex stories of immigration and Brielle will describe the collaborative storytelling models used in her recent work with youth in care. Participants will discuss the barriers, ethical considerations, and ways to consider telling stories with the communities that are impacted.

Space is limited so reserve your seat for one or both of these sessions on Saturday November 19th at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Campus here!

And check out our full program at 2016.mediademocracydays.ca

Media Democracy Days 2016 Program is Here!

mdd-2016-website-sliderIt’s finally here!

We’re incredibly excited to release the full Media Democracy Days 2016 program for our 16th year (!) of bringing together our community of media makers, activists, and educators to discuss the relationship between media and democracy.

On November 15th and 16th in the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab, and November 19th at SFU Harbour Centre, join us for talks, hands on workshops, and collaboratively determined events. All free and open to the public. Hosted on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Program Features:

Ryan McMahon – Digital Media, Bush Tea & Dibaajimowinan: How Story Shapes The Future Of Indigenous Communities

Keynote from the host of the Red Man Laughing podcast and first Indigenous comedian to have full hour special on the CBC. Ryan’s work continually pushes boundaries with his sharp observations on the “collision between Indian Country and the mainstream.” Register Here

Community Radio Takeover of the Inspiration Lab On November 15th and 16th, we’ll be joined by Vancouver Co-op Radio and CiTR for two media making and audio production workshops in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library’s digital creativity and storytelling learning space. – Register Here

Community Driven Program We’re proud to host a program of events on November 19th that have been determined and collaborated on with a diverse set of media makers and organizations at our Co-Lab event earlier in the fall. –Register Here for workshops

Media Arts Exhibition All day at Harbour Centre on the 19th, we’re showcasing work from Canadian media artists.

Find the whole program and links to registration at
2016.mediademocracydays.ca

See you in November,
Sydney from The Media Democracy Project