Media Democracy Festival 2024

Join us on Saturday 16th March at the University of Sheffield, and help to reshape the media so that it works for people, not profit. Read More

In order to create a democracy society, we have to first create a democratic media.

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16 March 2024, 11:00 – 18:30 GMT

University of Sheffield, The Diamond building
32 Leavygreave Road, Broomhall, Sheffield S3 7RD

Every year, the Media Democracy Festival brings together activists, independent media organisations, academics and policymakers to understand what’s happening in the media landscape. Whether you’re a hardened media reform advocate, a disillusioned media worker looking for change, or a curious media consumer, join us and help to reshape the media so that it works for people, not profit.

PROGRAMME:

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  • 11.00 Opening keynote: Matt Kennard, Declassified UK

  • 12.00 Panel: How to solve a problem like GB News
    With Helen Belcher (Trans Media Watch), Michael Crick, Marcela Pizarro Coloma (Goldsmiths) and Faisal Hanif (Centre for Media Monitoring)
  • 12.00 Workshop: What is media democracy?
    Debs Grayson

  • 14.00 Panel: The media’s war on Gaza
    With Sara Husseini (British Palestinian Committee), Hani Barghouthi (PINF), Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations) and Rizwana Hamid (Centre for Media Monitoring)
  • 14.00 Workshop: Media transformation
    Sound Art Radio

  • 16.00 Panel: General Election 2024: Priorities for media reform
    With Hani Barghouthi (PINF), Tom Chivers (MRC) and Hamish Gibson (IMPRESS)
  • 16.00 Workshop: Northern roots: the independent media movement
    Better Media, CPBF North and the Independent Media Association

  • 17.00 Closing keynote: Paul Fleming, General Secretary of Equity
    In conversation with Banseka Kayembe, Naked Politics

Featuring keynote addresses on investigative journalism, alongside debates on ‘alt-news’ channels, coverage of the Israel/Gaza conflict and priorities for media reform, this year’s Media Democracy Festival is set to be an energising, thought-provoking and urgent gathering.

With economic crises, global conflicts and an upcoming UK general election all exposing the failures of our current media system, strengthening the movement for a transformed democratic media is more vital than ever.

Our media is broken. Be part of the movement to fix it.

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