Clotted patriarchal mastheads got you down? Tired of making 85 cents to a weaker male writer's dollar? Feeling stifled by a media Boy's Club? Gelf Magazine's Media Circus returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, April 19. Join Julieanne Smolinski of XOJane (read her interview with Gelf here), Samhita Mukhopadhyay of Feministing.com (interview here), and Emma Carmichael of Gawker (interview here), along with Salon's Irin Carmon, as they discuss some of the internet's burgeoning destinations for female thought, and being the voice of some generation, somewhere.
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Kanye West once (almost) said, "They say you can blog about anything except for Jesus." He may have been talking about mainstream radio, but the same can be said about the online media conversation. Politics, sex, abortion, and all the usual third rails of polite conversation aren't just discussed, they're catalysts for some of the fiercest and most active debates across the blogosphere. But what about religious issues? Are they part of the online discussion? Or are they ghettoized into religion-centric "god-blogs" and their atheist equivalents? Media Circus returns on November 7th with three diverse speakersAlana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine; noted philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, a professor at the City University of New York and editor of the secular humanist blog Rationally Speaking; and Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor at the Huffington Postwill address these issues and others pertaining to religion's place in online media in a discussion moderated by New York Times religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan at 7:00 PM.
Media Circus returns in December with journalists who have burrowed deep into their stories and written up the tale. Join Gelf and noted writers Ted Conover, whose works Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing are synonymous with immersionism; Brooke Kroeger, the director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU whose database on the history of immersion reporting goes back over a century; and Avi Steinberg, author of Running the Books about his time spent working as a prison librarian.
Just over a year ago, Gelf hosted a contentious and illuminating discussion about the business of hyperlocal. (Video of the panel discussion is available here.) Now, last year's nascent offerings have become this year's major players, and the hyperlocal space has been characterized by a rash of investments, if not profits. Join Gelf for a frank discussion of the pitfalls and prospects of hyperlocal, as we once again view the past and future growth of the field through the eyes of the people who are driving it.
Join Gelf and other Big Apple gastronomes in a discussion of food criticism and the encroaching influence of blogs when Media Circus returns to the Brooklyn waterfront on June 17. Robert Sietsema, longtime restaurant critic for the Village Voice and contributor to the erstwhile Gourmet; Alexandra Vallis, editor of NBC's new food blog, Feast; and Josh Ozersky, James Beard Award–winning food writer and the author of The Hamburger: A History, will cut up and digest food writing in the world's hungriest city.
This event has been rescheduled for later date. Media Circus will return on May 20 with a night devoted to food critics.
From Hemingway to Seymour Hersh, foreign correspondents have provided fascinating and gripping accounts from all over the world. On February 18, Media Circus returns to Brooklyn with a night devoted to the past, present, and future of foreign correspondents. Tala Dowlatshahi, the New York Director of Reporters Without Borders and a longtime UN correspondent, will be joined by Larry Kaplow, who has been on assignment all over the globe, most recently as Newsweek's Baghdad Bureau Chief. Additionally, the evening will be filmed for the upcoming documentary Fit to Print: A Documentary Film on the Newspaper Industry and the filmmakers will be discussing their project and interviewing members of the audience.
Media Circus is back in Brooklyn on December 10 with a panel discussion on not-for-profit news models. From New Haven to St. Louis to the middle of the Pacific, non-profit news sites and organizations are breaking stories and, perhaps more impressively, breaking even. Matt Sollars of CUNY's New Business Models for News project will be joined by Gail Robinson of the Gotham Gazette and Susan White, senior editor at ProPublica.The discussion will be moderated by Jason Fry of Reinventing the Newsroom.
Media Circus is back in Brooklyn on November 12 with a night examining patterns and predictions for viral media at JLA Studios in DUMBO at 7:30 PM. Adam Penenberg, author of the forthcoming book Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves, will be joined by Jessica Amason, viral media editor for BuzzFeed.com and creator of This Is Why You're Fat, and professional social strategist and digital influencer Julia Roy.
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