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.
“Independent Media Week will showcase a coalition of independent media producers, local activists and community groups organized around the theme that ‘A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy’ “
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 the 3rd week in April, “Independent Media Week” .
Once again, media activists and community volunteers organized the week’s activities, and invited participation and attendance from all interested citizens and organizations. Groups and individuals are invited to participate.
For more information call KSKQ at 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.