This is great.
I will be there at Thursday's training.
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Christopher Rogy
This is excellent. Premo, please contact me if you need assistance in the
Thursday training. Iam available. Also, Im working on a new video advocacy
toolkit at WITNESS that might be of assistance to folks as we all begin
training. here's a link... The tool let's you save work as a user, there's
12 chapters based on the Video for Change textbook.
On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM, Michael Premo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
This is from my friends Una Osata, Ora Wise, Shreya Shah and a bunch of
other folks I'm mistakenly forgetting in my sleep haze:
Hello Media Makers!-
YES, media is really important. BUT sometimes it actually isnt the most
important thing. The bottom line of the media trainings we do is that if our
messaging is sincere and we internalize it, we will not only succeed in
making better media, but we will succeed in movement building...which IS
Although there is concern about people who are unclear or unaccountable to
the broader movement speaking in the media, many people at Occupy Wall
Street have the messages, in some ways, and what we really need to think
about at this point is the process of representation in a larger and deeper
way, more than "good interview" or "bad interview".
- Based on conversations with people involved in the OWS PR working group,
media working group, and POC working group, it seems that there needs to be
a three part process for moving forward:
1) Media trainings that offer a wider and more diverse circle of people
the experience and skills they need to feel confident and competent
representing OWS in the mainstream and community media. These trainings need
to address the systems and experiences that can be barriers to a more
diverse group of people feeling empowered to engage in media-making or being
in the media. We can only transform this movement and the media we produce
through directly addressing how white supremacy, patriarchy, ageism,
ableism, and other oppressive systems of thought and resource allocation
have been holding our movement media-making back. We can change that!
2) The media working group of OWS has awesome ideas and really powerful
and skilled people in it but it needs more support in creating positive,
educational, and personal media pieces that can be easily used in a broad
range of contexts and that are supported by a realistic and effective
distribution strategy that reaches the widest number of people. Podcasts,
digital stories, and other 3-10 minute engaging and dynamic media pieces
that people can learn how to produce and then provide for download (as well
as distribute on flashdrives, cds, etc) are great ways to make media
accessible because they necessitate skills sharing within the movement and
then provide tools for outreach and education that are short and sweet and
to the point.
3) The overall strategy for OWS media- both engaging with mainstream media
and producing our own- needs to be strengthened and streamlined. The effort
and accomplishments of the people who have been working their asses off over
the past month or so is evident and impressive. Now we are moving into the
next phase during which we need to figure out better ways of channeling and
controlling the mainstream media's approach to OWS coverage (including but
not limited to figuring out how to channel more of their interviews to
accountable and clear representatives, us shaping the narrative more,etc).
Strengthening our strategy for OWS media might include training a larger
number of people to be confident and accountable representatives, increasing
our capacity to produce our own media and get it out into the world,
developing systems of trained people intercepting and escorting mainstream
media when they arrive on the scene, etc.
In light of all of this and in response to concerns and requests for
support from OWS organizers working on PR and producing media, we have
formed an ad hoc media training facilitation group. We are offering two
trainings this week:
416 Adephi St. Apt 4A
Brooklyn, NY 11238