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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT LOWELL / Wannalancit Mills, 650 Suffolk St.
Saturday, April 7, 2007, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In the last year, America’s major media organizations have chopped jobs and embraced the Internet; they have debated the meaning of journalism, and journalists. A video blogger-journalist has been jailed and others subpoenaed. In New England citizens are becoming reporters, like pamphleteers. They are writing at local online news websites and vigorously debating politics online. Governments are learning how to connect with citizens via the web and multimedia technology. Meanwhile, teachers and students are unsure of how to connect in the classroom with this vital stew of new and evolving media.

On Saturday, April 7, the New England News Forum invites teachers, journalists, bloggers and active citizens to share ideas and hopes for our new media stew during a one-day interactive seminar at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Designed to involve every participant in dialog, "The New(s) England Revolution" will include circle-round discussion, speak-outs, a keynote talk, plenary panel and end-of-day summation. We'll emphasize networking across disciplines and communities.

Come to Lowell -- a showcase of the first industrial revolution -- to consider the growth of an information-age revolution in the way we conduct participatory democracy. It's the inaugural public event of the The New England News Forum, based at the UMass Amherst campus -- a collaboration among journalists, educators and the public to inspire active citizenship through discussion and spotlighting of media issues. The most important discussion you have may not be with a headlined speaker or convenor, but with the person from another state or another town, in a different profession, who will unexpectedly share with you a special tool or tip for making media or government work better.