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Tony Burman Keynote Confirmed

Tony Burman Keynote Confirmed

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Media Release
School of Communication, Simon Fraser University8888 University DriveBurnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6
Contact:
Tony Burman, Managing Director, Al Jazeera EnglishPhone: (202) 496-5772Tony.Burman@aljazeera.netTyler Morgenstern, Coordinator, Media Democracy DayOffice: (778) 782-7353mddcoordinator@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Renowned News Chief to Speak on Journalism¶s Future
Tony Burman, senior executive of Al Jazeera English to open Media Democracy Day 2010
VA
NCOU
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R, B.C.
, September 16, 2010- The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) are thrilled to announce that
Tony Burman
has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for 
Media Democracy Day2010
(MDD), taking place November 6
th
at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, from12-5 PM.A 35-year veteran of the CBC, Mr. Burman represents a strong belief in a media system that fillsa public service mandate, and explores the most pressing social issues of our time. As quoted inthe Canadian Association of Journalists Newsletter in 2006, he says, ³there is no more importantcontribution that we can make to society than strong, publicly-spirited investigative journalism.´His past projects include serving as executive producer for 
The National 
, producing many award-winning documentaries for 
The Journal 
, and working as chief news editor for CBC Television.He was CBC¶s editor in chief from 2000-2007.In May 2008, Mr. Burman was appointed as the managing director for 
A
l Jazeera
E
nglish
 (AJE), the English-language branch of the Al Jazeera news network, an organization celebratedfor its democratizing influence on media cultures around the globe. Established in 2006, AJE isfree of commercial and political pressures, and provides a unique counterbalance to the globalcorporate media. Where major news networks tend to headquarter themselves in developednations like the United States, Al Jazeera has operations centres in both developed anddeveloping nations: the UK, the United States, Qatar, and Malaysia. This autumn, Mr. Burman ismoving from Doha, Qatar to his new position as Al Jazeera¶s senior executive for the Americas, based in Washington and Toronto.³I am delighted and honoured to be speaking at Media Democracy Day,´ said Mr. Burman.³Nothing is more important to the vibrancy of a democracy than independent and public servicemedia, a fact that makes this special day so important.´
 
Tyler Morgenstern, coordinator for Media Democracy Day says, ³we couldn¶t find a better representative of the media democratization movement than Mr. Burman. His work in publicservice broadcasting, his efforts to tell diverse and credible stories, and his belief that citizen and professional journalists can work together to benefit the whole media system is inspiring. He is atthe centre of a shift in the media ecology.´
Ab
out Media Democracy Day:
 Launched simultaneously in Vancouver and Toronto in 2001, MDD responded to a growingglobal media democratization movement. This movement seeks to create a more participatorymedia system by supporting independent and public service media production, celebratinginnovation, and creating dialogue around the politics and biases linked to our increasinglycorporate and concentrated media. To learn more, visithttp://www.mediademocracyday.org 
Ab
out the School of Communication:
 For more than 35 years, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University has fosteredthe development of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technologywith a commitment to social theory and political economy. Led by an award-winning team of educators, the School of Communication is at the leading edge of media policy research,technological innovation, and cultural transformation on a global scale. For more information,visithttp://cmns.sfu.ca 
Ab
out OpenMedia.ca:
OpenMedia.ca is a national, non-partisan, non-profit public engagement organization working toadvance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada. Our primarygoal is to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media, cultural,information, and telecommunication policy formation. More at:http://openmedia.ca 
Ab
out
V
ancouver Pu
b
lic Li
b
rary:
Founded in 1887, Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada's largest library systems dedicatedto meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Each year, the Library¶s 22 branches serve over six million visitors and offer over 2.5 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources. For more information, visithttp://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/ 
Ab
out
A
l Jazeera:
Al Jazeera challenges dominant north-to-south media flows, particularly when covering conflictand crises. Al Jazeera tells stories from behind civilian lines, instead of from within the ranks of invading armies as CNN-style embedded journalism does. The channel aims to give voice tountold stories, promote debate, challenge established perceptions, and provide a uniquegrassroots perspective from under-reported regions around the world to a potential globalaudience of over one billion English speakers. More information at:http://english.aljazeera.net/ 
Contact
: Tony Burman, Managing Director, Al Jazeera EnglishPhone: (202) 496-5772Tony.Burman@aljazeera.net
 
Tyler MorgensternCoordinator, Media Democracy DayOffice: (778) 782-7353mddcoordinator@gmail.com ###

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