Moderator: Dr. Sarah Sobieraj / Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University
Nada Al-Wadi / Independent Journalist, Writer & Researcher
Dr. Howard Barrell / Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Description: Activists and organizers need to get their messages across to domestic audiences and the wider world to grow in strength and influence. The local and international media can play important roles in helping them do so. But the media can seem unreachable or can misinterpret a movement’s actions. In response, nonviolent action-takers can use opportunities to develop their own media and bring out their message directly to a larger audience. This session will discuss the role of mainstream, citizen and social media in civil resistance and the challenges that media face in covering a movement as well as obstacles and benefits for the movement in devising effective strategies, including organizing alternative media.
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