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Zines & the 15%


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Faculty Development Day, 17 May 2010

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  • 1. ZINES & THE 15% Tom Eland, librarian Jenny Sippel, librarian MCTC Faculty Development Day Session 2010
  • 2. What is ―Alternative Press/Media‖? There is no one, simple definition, but here are a couple to get us started…  “Alternative press, at its best, is a source of accurate, well-documented, counterhegemonic, investigative reporting and analysis that can advance social movements and serve as the basis for effective social and environmental justice activism. The term alternative press is most often used to refer to noncorporate social and environmental justic print, and more recently, Internet media. Other times, it refers to all sources of alternative media, including books, radio, video, film, and television.‖ –Andrezejewski, Julie R. ―Alternative Press.‖ in Encyclopedia of Activism And Social Justice. Gary L. Anderson, and Kathryn Herr, Eds. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2007. Print.  “Alternative media are media (newspapers, radio, television, movies, Internet, etc.) which are alternatives to the business or government-owned mass media. Proponents of alternative media argue that the mainstream media are biased. While sources of alternative media can also be biased (sometimes proudly so), proponents claim that the bias is significantly different than that of the mainstream media, hence these media provide an "alternative" viewpoint. As such, advocacy journalism tends to be a component of many alternative outlets.‖ --Wikipedia Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 3. What is ―Alternative Press/Media‖? How do you define, according to your discipline/perspective? Additional RESOURCES… Eland, Thomas. ―Critical Thinking, Deviant Knowledge and the Alternative Press.‖ Update Newsletter. Dec. 2004: 4-6. Atton, Chris. Alternative Media. London: SAGE, 2002. Print. (available in the MCTC Library) Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 4. THE 15% “The MCTC Library will devote up to 15% of its materials budget each year for the purchase of alternative press material. In addition the library will seek out supplemental funds to support the ongoing development of the collection.” –from Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library Collection Development Policy: Appendix A: Alternative Materials Alternative press material is integrated into the general library collection. Exception: The Zine Collection Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 5. Examples of MCTC Alt Press Collection  Subscription Databases  Alt HealthWatch (Alternative Health Watch)  Alt-Press Watch  Alternative Press Index  AltPress Index Archive  Ethnic News Watch  International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest  The Nation (Archive) all databases listed here are accessible via Library‘s website as well: Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 6. More examples of MCTC Alt Press Collection…  Print Periodicals (a few from the A‘s)  Adbusters  Advocate  Al- Raida  American Indian Art Magazine  Anarcho - Syndicalist Review Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 7. Even more examples of MCTC Alt Press Collection…  Books (the latest 3 titles)  Nace, Ted. Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal. San Francisco, Calif.: CoalSwarm, 2010. Print.  Martínez, Carlos, Jojo Farrell, and Michael Fox. Venezuela Speaks!: Voices From the Grassroots. Oakland, Calif.: PM , 2010. Print.  Bukhari, Safiya, and Laura Whitehorn. The War Before: the True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith In Prison & Fighting for Those Left Behind. New York City: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2010. Print. (for more, search MCTC library catalog for ―Alternative Press Collection‖) Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 8. Get to know ‗em, or, What‘s a zine?  ―Zines (pronounced "zeens," from fanzines) are cut-and-paste, "sorry this is late," self-published magazines reproduced at Kinko's or on the sly at work and distributed through mail order and word of mouth. They touch on sex, music, politics, television, movies, work, food, whatever. They're Tinkertoys for malcontents. They're obsessed with obsession. They're extraordinary and ordinary.‖—Chip Rowe, Watcha Mean What’s a Zine?,  ―Self-publishing has long been a way for voices out of the mainstream to be heard.‖ -Gianoulis, Tina. "Zines." Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-Century America. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 5: 1980s-1990s. Detroit: UXL, 2002. 1162-1164. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 14 May 2010.  Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe (a great web resource!) Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 9. Find ‗em Question: Where is the MCTC Zine Collection Located? Answer: Here! Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 10. Find‗em Browse ‗em… Search ‗em in the Zine Catalog… Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 11. Zines in school? Cohen, Barbara. "The Zine Project: Writing with a Personal Perspective." Language Arts 82.2 (2004): 129-138. /Journals/LA/0822-nov04/LA%200822Zine.pdf Abstract: How can teachers help their students write effectively and purposefully in a variety of genres despite the challenges of increased testing and curriculum mandates? [focus is on Elementary, but provides good overview and resources] Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 12. Sample zines, assignments, rubrics, etc. Tom Eland‘s Zine/Media Project assignment & rubric for INFS 2520: Alternative Knowledge: How Radical Ideas are Communicated in Society Parecon Media A zine from MCTC‘s collection front/back scan. Project Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010
  • 13. Closing Question  can you imagine using zines (or media project) as an alternative to a current assignment or developing/creating a new assignment?  if no, why not?  if yes, what are you waiting for? GET STARTED!!  spread the word: THANK YOU! Zines & the 15% 17 May 2010