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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: News For All The People - Speaker Luncheon


Speaker Luncheon with Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres Benefiting Media Literacy in San Antonio

We here at the Media Justice League have some exciting news to share. Thanks to the generosity of the San Antonio Current and The Twig Bookstore we can now offer our speaker’s luncheon for FREE to the first 50 people to RSVP. Yes, you can save that $20 you had set aside but RSVP soon as seats are sure to fill quickly. You certainly can’t beat the value.

For FREE you can meet our featured speakers Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres, aurthors of the book, “News for All the People.” Get your personal copy signed. Tour the offices of San Antonio’s favorite alt-weekly, The Current and meet publisher Michael Wagner. Plus, share lunch with some of San Antonio’s finest journalists, public relations professionals and community leaders. Did I mention this is all FREE? Proceeds from the Twig’s book sales will benefit the Media Justice League’s ongoing media literacy programs throughout South Texas.

This is an opportunity for everyone in San Antonio who makes media, consumes media, and cares about media to come together.

October 26, 201111:30 AM Meet the authors, book sales, and signing. Noon-1:00 PM Lunch and Program.

915 Dallas Street, San Antonio, Texas 78215 MAP
Limited Space - RSVP Suggested - LINK TO EVENT: http://bit.ly/pexKvt

More about our speakers:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary, is a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a columnist for New York’s Daily News, and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio news show Democracy Now! His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the WorldTrade Center Collapse.

JOSEPH TORRES is the senior advisor for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization. Before joining Free Press, he worked as deputy director at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years.

The Book: News for All the People offers a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the age of the Internet. Based on years of archival research and up-to-the-minute reporting by veteran journalists and media reform advocates Juan González and Joseph Torres, News for All the People reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and highlights numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage.

Fast-paced, story-driven and replete with portraits of individual journalists and media executives, the book weaves back and forth between the corporate battles and government policies that built our segregated media system—as when Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover gave a radio license to the KKK—and those who rebelled against that system, such as Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert L. Vann, who led a national campaign to get the black-face comedy Amos ’n’ Andy off the air.

This event is being cosponsored by the San Antonio Current, Democracy Now!, Free Press, and San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ). Reservations are encouraged. For more information contact DeAnne Cuellar at 210-896-9141 (deannec@texasmep.org) or Leticia Medina at 210-291-8753 (leticiamedinatx@gmail.com).

9 Open Source Alternatives to Photoshop

So you want to edit images, but don’t want to shell out the mega cash for Photoshop.  We don’t blame you.  There are tons of great, feature-packed open source software options out there.  If you’re wary of downloads, some are even web-based — all you need is the browser you’re using now. 

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) cross-platform

Krita Part of Koffice suite for Linux

Paint.net Full-featured replacement for MSPaint

ChocoFlop open beta for a program that never quite made it; Mac beta still free

CinePaint video & high resolution image editor for Mac

Pixia originally developed in Japan for anime / manga editing (windows)

Pixen animation editor for Mac

Picnik web-based cross-platform editor linked with Flickr

Splashup web-based cross-platform editor 

SXSW 2010 Salsa Social: Latinos in Technology Meet Up

It’s an important year for Latinos to be heard, seen and counted. Census 2010 will shape what access our community gets to political and economical power. At the first Latino Tech Meet-up at SXSW, we are convening a panel to discuss how we can use social media and mobile to help our community stand-up to be counted. After the panel, we will mingle and take a break with a salsa social. Learn how to salsa and get social with Latinos and those interested in Latino Outreach at #SXSW. Connect at the Carver Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in Austin Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 6 to 9pm. Locals without badges are welcome. No dancing required, but highly recommended.

People Powered Radio Project

Whether they’re organizing their community, spinning records, or fighting big media, all over the country people love community radio. To find out who loves community radio, where they love it, and why they love it, Prometheus is launching the People Powered Radio Project. Please submit a short video clip about you and radio, and send it our way. The videos will be uploaded onto an interactive Google map, showcasing a growing network of community organizers and media activists.

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