On July 5, I'll be taking part in a planning meeting for the Communication Rights and Media Justice Organizing Institute being organized by the Center for International Media Action. (CIMA is a great team of people that I've worked with a number of times over the past few years as a consultant and writer/researcher.) The Organizing Institute will be a regular intensive gathering to examine and build the media movement.
In preparation for the planning meeting, CIMA has issued a survey to gather information from the broad range of people working to transform our media landscape. If you work on or care about the issues you've been reading about on this blog, please take the time to share your views and experiences.
Here is the announcement CIMA has been circulating…
Dear Friends and Allies-
For several years media activists have been discussing the need for ongoing opportunities for skill-building, collective learning, and long-range visioning and reflection. One strategy to meet these needs is a new Communication Rights and Media Justice Organizing Institute. The Organizing Institute is envisioned as an initiative to build political organizing and advocacy skills and strategies to transform media and communications systems to serve democracy, human rights and social justice.
Development of the Organizing Institute is being guided by a planning committee (click here for list) and coordinated by CIMA: Center for International Media Action and the Community Media & Technology Program at the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts (Boston)
The Organizing Institute will be shaped by and for media activists and advocates. With this in mind, we invite you to take an on-line survey designed for members of the planning committee and any activists, organizers, advocates working on media and communications issues who might be interested in the Organizing Institute. The purpose of the survey is to gather input on the kinds of resources and training offered through the Institute and to develop program components that are uniquely tailored to different groups working on these issues. Please send the survey to anyone you think might be interested.
The survey will take about 30-40 minutes to complete, and you can save it on any page and return to it as long as you are accessing the survey from the same computer. To exit and return to the survey at a later time, be sure to first save your responses by clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page, and then click “Exit” at the top right hand corner of the screen. To read more about the survey or take the survey, please click here
PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY BY JUNE 26 AT THE LATEST so we can incorporate your input in the materials and preparation for the July 5th planning meeting.
If you have questions about the survey, or would like to learn more please send an email to email@example.com. You can also click here to learn more about the Organizing Institute.
Many thanks for your time!
The CIMA Team