Get involved! Ashland Independent Media Week

Ashland Oregon’s 11th annual Independent Media Week  showcases  a coalition of independent media producers, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”

Traditionally running the third week in April, Independent Media Week is a grassroots campaign to inform and empower citizen by showcasing local efforts and to expand and inspire hyper-local media production.

This year’s Independent Media Week will be celebrated in the Rogue Valley the last week of April from April 26th to May 2nd.

History:

Reps from SOU, RVTV, Rogue Valley Community Press and KSKQ community radio accepted the City of Ashland Oregon’s proclamation for the 9th annual Independent Media Week from Mayor John Stromberg.

Representatives from SOU, RVTV, Rogue Valley Community Press and KSKQ community radio accepted the City of Ashland Oregon’s proclamation for the 9th annual Independent Media Week from Mayor John Stromberg.

In April 2005, the City of Ashland officially proclaimed its first Independent Media Week.  With a goal to broadcast “Democracy Now” citizen media activists launched KSKQ, our local low-power FM radio station, and brought Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” to speak in Ashland. Every year since, a coalition of local independent media organizations have asked the City of Ashland to proclaim one week in April as “Independent Media Week” .

Along with our city proclamation, we celebrate by awarding a local media producer the “Hal Jamison Independent Media Award.”  Jamison was a long-time Ashland resident and supporter of independent, community media.  This award is dedicated in his honor and showcases a community member who is dedicating their time and energy to support our independent media resources.

Get involved:

Be the MediaOnce again, media activists and community volunteers are organizing the week’s activities, and invite participation and attendance from all interested citizens and organizations. Groups and individuals are invited to participate.

An online calendar has been created to allow organizers to coordinate their actions and events.  The calendar can be accessed at:

http://teamup.com/kse7b996015ec06dad/

The next organizing meetings is on Saturday, February 14 at the RVTV studios at SOU.

For more information call 541-622-9483 or email Jason@kskq.org.

Our proclamation is simple but defines the purpose of Independent Media Week:

INDEPENDENT MEDIA WEEK PROCLAMATION

* An informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy.

* An informed citizenry depends on unrestrained press, which provides greater access to information, more points of view and greater diversity of thought and fact.

* The trend toward the consolidation of media ownership has resulted in journalistic practices that hinder public awareness by excluding or marginalizing minority and dissenting viewpoints.

* Fewer media voices can result in homogenized messaging and the silencing of many points of view.

* Democratic principles support the case for more independent media in this country, not less.

NOW, THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim the week as INDEPENDENT MEDIA WEEK and encourage all citizens to seek out and explore the rich diversity of independent media available within, and to our community.

imcHere are a few links from past years to give you an idea of the scope and history…

RVCP – Independent Media Inspires Social Change

Rogue Valley Celebrates Independent Media Week 2014

Rogue Valley Community Press – Celebrating Indymedia Week 2013

Video: Charlie Delgado speaks for Independent Media Week

Ashland Source Center – Independent Media Week

Peter Phillips of Project Censored

Independent Media Week 2008

Independent Media Week 2007

2006 Ashland City Proclamation

Indymedia.org  – Ashland Indymedia Week 2005