The digital age continues to transform the media landscape.
The weekend will include TED-style talks, panels and live discussions..
One of the keynote speakers will be progressive commentator Thom Hartmann, who hosts a top-rated syndicated radio program, as well as a syndicated television program, The Big Picture.
Hartmann has adapted to the digital landscape by offering live streaming, podcasts, smartphone apps and an interactive website.
Hartmann says he'd like to see a return to the days when Broadcast News was presented as a public service, and not as for-profit entertainment.
He also maintains that having an informed electorate and a vibrant press is vital to maintaining a functioning democratic society.
VPR's Neal Charnoff speaks with Hartmann about what role Alternative Media can play.