Media Ownership Workshops in Chicago

Workshops on media ownership are being held in Chicago in anticipation of the FCC’s visit on Sept. 20 for hearing on the topic. Chicago has one of the lowest levels of minority media ownership amongst major markets, so the issue of diversity in ownership is a particular focus of these workshops sponsored by groups like the NAACP, Rainbow Push and Radio Arte.

In fact, the hearing itself will be held at the HQ of Rainbow Push, Dr. King’s Workshop, 930 East 50th Street (corner of South Drexel Blvd.) Chicago, Illinois 60615. It runs 4 – 11 PM, with public comment making up a big portion of the time. Though I understand if you want to comment it’s best to get there early to get on the sign-up list.

Here are the workshops happening in the next list (thanks to Chicago Media Action for passing this info along). Most of the groups ask that you RSVP if you intend to attend.

Sunday, Sept. 16th at 7 p.m.
3411 W. Diversey Chicago
Sponsor: Chicago Media Action
Contact: Scott Sanders or Mitchell Szczepanczyk
Email: cma@chicagomediaaction.org

Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
3559 W. Arthington, Chicago, IL 60624
Sponsor: Westside NAACP
Contact: Karl Brinson
Email: westsidenaacp@aol.com

Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
407 S. Dearborn, Suite 701, Chicago, IL 60605
Sponsor: Illinois PIRG
Contact: Brian Imus
Email: brian@illinoispirg.org

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center
4859 S. Wabash Ave., Conference Rooms A and B
Sponsor: We The People Media
Contact: Ethan Michaeli
Email: ethan@wethepeoplemedia.org, (312) 745 2681

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m (en espanol)
1401 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Sponsor: Radio Arte
Contact: Silvia Rivera
Email: srivera@radioarte.org

Also on Wednesday night:

Rock the Media: Media Reform Party
With music legend Jon Langford and DJ Sean Doe spinning local hip hop
Wed. September 19th, 8-11 p.m.
Delilah’s – 2771 North Lincoln Ave
Phone:(773) 472-2771 Web: http://www.delilahschicago.com
Sponsor: The Future of Music Coalition
*A five dollar donation at the door gets you a free drink. All money
raised will go to support volunteer efforts at the FCC Hearing on
September 20th.

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