Media Democracy Day(s) is an annual event which draws and fosters dialogue between activists, academics, media producers and citizens with the ambition of creating a more democratic media system.
Embarking upon its tenth year, MDD has expanded to encompass the weekend of November 11-13, and will include a film screening, media fair and interactive discussion panels touching upon a range of key issues, with an emphasis on minority media practices. Additionally, this year's event will allow participants to explore the option of creating their own media for social change, via a number of workshops on November 13.
Dr. Sut Jhally will provide the first keynote address on Friday evening, while co-keynote speaker Judy Rebick will deliver her introduction on the following afternoon, kicking off Saturday’s festivities.
Discussion panels include an investigation into the opportunities and obstacles facing journalism as a profession; the role of unions and public opinion in “the Crisis Economy”; Aboriginal media practices; the evolution of media policy featuring a multi party panel; and examinations into the role of transcultural media in Canada, as well as new forms of civic engagement.
The Media Democracy Fair, an exhibition of local media makers will be open throughout the day on Saturday. Social activism and production workshops will commence the follow day at SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and the W2 Media Café.