Monday, May 9, 2011

Peace Innovation Journalism

Tanja Aitamurto, PhD Candidate, Visiting Researcher, Center for Design Research, Stanford; Journalist and blogger; Margarita Quihuis, Director, Peace Innovation Lab, Stanford; Sahar Ghazi, Knight Fellow at Stanford, former senior duty editor DawnNews TV, Karachi, Pakistan; Hanna Sistek, independent journalist in conflict areas; Sabah Hamamou, Deputy Business Editor, Al-Ahram Newspaper, Egypt    

In this session, we will discuss about the role of journalism in peace and war. New technology has democratized the flow of information, anyone can participate in making the news, rather than observing it. Citizen journalism has taken a strong role as an attention and information broker, having an impact on professional journalism as well. How can professional journalists as well as citizens, during conflicts, like Egypt and now Libya, contribute to peace in the world? By using new technologies to create social movements, collaboration with journalists and the news media, etc.?

Goal of the panel is to discuss the following questions:
  • How can citizen journalism contribute to conflict solving, i.e. bringing peace to the world?
  • How can citizens by using journalism as a tool act as an agent of change towards peace?
  • How could technologies be used as a journalistic tool in conflict solving?

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