Students, Staff Present at National Conference for Media Reform

CANTON- Six St. Lawrence University students and one faculty member traveled to Denver, Colo., last week and presented at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform, held April 5-7 and hosted by Free Press.

Senior Lukasz Niparko, junior Allison Paludi, sophomore Zeynepcan Akar and first-year students Chloe McElligott and Liqian Ma joined Professor of Global Studies John Collins for a presentation in the Campus Action track on Saturday. Collins said their session discussed coverage of global issues that most people in the media ignore and emphasized their work on The Weave, an alternative and independent media group at St. Lawrence.  

“Our participation in the conference was prompted by the visit to campus last year of Josh Stearns, St. Lawrence Class of 2000, who works for Free Press and who encouraged us to get The Weave more connected with national conversations about media reform and independent media,” Collins said. “So this is really about an ongoing collaboration between students, faculty and alumni.”

Niparko, Paludi and Akar are global studies majors and are from Poznan, Poland; Delanson, N.Y.; and Istanbul, Turkey, respectively. McElligott, a Mount Upton, N.Y., native and Ma, who hails from Changsha, China, have yet to declare majors.

Sophomore Amy Yao, a biology major from Niskayuna, N.Y., was also inspired by Stearns’ visit and chose to attend and present at the conference. Her panel discussion on Saturday focused on the important role of student media on college campuses and the broader world of journalism. She presented alongside two other students from Dartmouth University and Princeton University.

Free Press is the largest organization devoted to media, technology and democracy in the United States with 600,000 activists and a full-time staff of about 30 based in offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass. Their purpose is to build a powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Free Press advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.

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