From the Panel Overview:
panelists: Mayaba Liebenthal, Critical Resistance New Orleans; Jordan Flaherty, Left Turn Magazine; Royce Osborn, National Black Programming Consortium. moderator: Nijmie Dzurinko, Philly IMC Media Mobilizing Project
Corporate media coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the government response to the disaster has been much analyzed. But what of independent media's coverage of the disaster? How has independent media responded to the human rights crisis in the Gulf Coast? Has this response effectively supported demands for justice and accountability? How do we prepare for the next major disaster and for the ongoing Katrina of racism and poverty in the US?
What has not been good with regard to Independent Media Making? Indymedia New Orleans has not worked very well. All in all, much of the independent media making in N.O. has been of the reportorial variet, rather than allowing people in the city to document and tell their own stories.
What has worked? Jordan says that there's really nothing wrong with people just coming down and doing their stories, but there's more that can be done. Media makers need to be accountable to the communities there, and what that means is to be accountable to the community groups.
Some discussion of the non-profit industrial complex and its role in New Orelans.
The "pornography of disaster" in some New Orleans media making.