The half-day event itself was great. This was due mostly to a group of fantastic and well-informed speakers. The event also engaged audience members using instant polling questions. Although admittedly, there was a lack of diversity amongst the audience members, overall the event was well organized and really started a dialogue about the role of the press in the political process. If you’re interested in listening to some of the presenters, you can do that at the Women’s Media CenterVideo Gallery. (I particularly recommend watching the comments of Courtney Martin and Pamela Newkirk).
As a follow-up to the event, the Women’s Media Center recently released thisreport. Even though the event itself was great, I was even more pleased to see the report come out recently. I think it’s a great example of a follow-up report for two reasons. Often at presentations and panels I come away feeling a bit overwhelmed at answering the question of what’s next. I struggle with trying to remember the key points of discussions or understanding what follow-up steps to take. I feel that this report really captures the answers to some of those questions. It does a great job of recapturing the heart of the event and offering suggestions for media consumers. Definitely check it out!