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North Dakota Free Press Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Monday, 18 March 2013 13:27

media2If you've been reading NorthDecoder a little while you know that a large part of what this website is about is exposing North Dakota's absurdly lazy, right-leaning and corrupt traditional media for what it is.  The Fargo Forum endorses all Republicans in 2012.  The Bismarck Tribune's editors are two chicken to name the names of radical Republicans and are humiliated into apologizing when they do. KFYR TV shuts down a reporters' investigation because some Republican big-shot calls the station manager and asks that the story be suppressed.  All these things happen, and you don't know about it because the media -- obviously -- isn't going to cover it.  So we do it.  

In 2011 a new monthly newspaper popped up in Bismarck. It was called the "Great Plains Examiner" (I've heard they're workign on changing their name to "Dakota Beacon: The Sequel").  For nearly a full year the Examiner looked like North Dakota's capitol city might have a real, live investigative journalist who might have the guts to dig into Republican corruption and scandal like a real newspaper might do. But then that newspaper got sold to the former Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, Gary Emineth. If you've seen either of their post-take-over editions, you know my prediction was correct: it is no longer worth reading because it is little more than a right-wing propaganda tool that carefully tries to get just barely enough content submitted by gullible progressives so they can whine, "We're trying to be balanced!"  

Well... for those of you who are tired of North Dakota's media and want to do something about it... Someone is trying to do something about it.  A convention is taking place this Saturday (March 23, 2013) at the Jamestown Civic Center from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  It's being sponsored by NDFreePress.org and the People's Press Project. You can get all the details about the convention by clicking here.  Here's a fairly good summary from that website:

We know many of you have been frustrated time and time again with the news coverage throughout North Dakota and have longed for more fair, impartial, and independent news media.

You are invited to be part of the solution in creating a media vehicle that is for the people and by the people.  Independent free press groups will convene at the Jamestown Civic Center on March 23 to explore working relationships and to pave the way for Independent Media to grow and prosper in North Dakota.

Individuals and groups are working together to expand the ND Free Press Movement and want to bring community members together to create a working vision to create an effective avenue for independent news in ND and the region.  We are seeking people who may be interested in participating in the convention.  We are looking for people who want to engage in any capacity; whether financial supporters, writers, editors, etc. This will be community news for the community and BY the community.

The Independent Media Convention will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Jamestown Civic Center located at 212 3rd Ave NE  Jamestown, ND


They've also got a convention Facebook page for you to "like" if you want to follow what's going on there.  

There appears to be a nominal cost (probably to cover the cost of the room), though it also appears they've got some kind of system of waiving the cost for "hardship" cases.  

I'm not involved with this effort at all. I got a call last week and was invited to attend. I'm going to try to get there on Saturday and will sit in the back of the room (like I do) and try to better understand what this is all about. Because I don't really know much about it, I'm not endorsing it or suggesting that I will become involved with it.  (I'm spread pretty thin already.)   Because it looks interesting, I just figured I'd help spread the word.

So... if you're looking for something to do on Saturday, can get to Jamestown (carpooling options appear to be available, too) and are interested in seeing whether this might be 

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