WAM!-It-Yourself is still going on this week! If you care about creating gender justice in media, there’s still time to WAM! It Yourself and participate in the decentralized version of our annual Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) conference. Last week was a success and there’s more to come! Starting with Wiki Women’s History Month Project at Barnard College in NYC and Celebrating Women in Hip-Hop in Detroit, both on Tuesday, March 27th, and ending with Women Write Wikipedia: A How-To Webinar on Monday, April 2nd with other amazing events in between! If you won’t be in the area, we’ll be livetweeting and livestreaming several events. Check out the whole schedule below, and we hope to see you this week!
Tuesday, March 27
New York: Wiki Women’s History Month at Barnard College: 6pm ET. Wikipedia is often the first stop when people are looking to learn about a new topic, but around 85% of Wikipedia editors are men, and it’s sorely lacking in women’s history and representations. In honor of women’s history month, we’ll gather and learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and work together on creating and improving articles related to women’s history.
Detroit: Celebrating Women in Hip-Hop: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Every Tuesday, the 5e Gallery hosts The Foundation, a series featuring the hottest female performers and producers in hip-hop. Black Maria and Rated M take the stage on the 27th, and WAM!Detroit participants are invited to the show. Live-streaming at http://liquidflowradio.com
Wednesday, March 28
New York // Perfecting your Pitch: How to Get Noticed by Your Favorite Publications: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You have a totally unique and interesting idea for an article, but you just aren’t getting any bites. Sound familiar? Because we know how hard it can be in the rough and tumble world of freelance journalism, Sadie Magazine wants to help you craft the perfect pitch for magazines, journals, and newspapers. Editors are looking for that ah-hah moment, that moment where something new comes across the desk, either a new angle on a well worn topic, or a new topic all together. Join us for a workshop on Perfecting Your Pitch and discover your own ah-ha moment.
Thursday, March 29
Chicago: Language, Sexual Violence & Tools for Better Media Coverage: 5:30 to 8 p.m. An event produced by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women and Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates, where we will be talking about our upcoming media toolkit on covering issues around sexual violence. Dialogue will follow around how to better the toolkit. We see this as an opportunity to engage the community and to reframe the discussion around the issues of knowledge, language, and gender-based violence in the media. The event will be at DePaul University – exact location TBA.
Friday, March 30
New York Dinner Party: 6:30pm to 9:30pm. We will have dinner at a private home, with food provided by a local lady food purveyor. For location, please register for the conference. You will then be asked to RSVP for this event.
Saturday, March 31
Vancouver 2nd Annual Conference: 10a.m. to 4p.m. PT. The theme of this year’s conference is Uprising, focusing on the media’s coverage of various important “uprisings” that have taken place in the past year – SlutWalk, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and others – and discuss how the media helps to shape popular perception and opinion of revolutionary movements such as these. For more information and registration, e-mail the organizers.
New York Conference for Feminist Media Makers: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Are you feminist journalist or media activist? Love feminist media? Want to learn more tools, strategies and ideas to do your work better, and meet other print, online, multimedia journalists and activists doing awesome work?
Monday, April 2
Women Write Wikipedia: A How-To Webinar: 2pm to 3pm ET. In this hour-long online workshop, WAM!Bassador of Technology Deanna Zandt will teach you the basics of editing a Wikipedia page, as well as the cultural norms that you’ll need to know to be a good Wikipedian.