From Passion to Profession
How to Translate the Idealism of the Arab Spring into Professionalism
VIENNA, Jan 17, 2013 – Many Arab Spring activists have played a double role in the uprisings: as revolutionaries and citizen reporters. They have used social media to both organise and cover the revolutions. They have quickly spread information - bypassing government restrictions, stepping in to fill the void left by a silenced or hand-tied traditional media. How can we preserve the passion, keeping citizens active and connected, while also raising professional standards to draw a line between activism and journalism? How can the interactive flow of information in online communities be verified? How can one put aside distinct opinions, activism and propaganda to engage in real journalism?
This will be among the many important topics discussed at the IPI World Congress 2013 in Amman, Jordan.
Charles M. Sennott, executive editor and vice president of the GlobalPost, will moderate the panel "From Passion to Profession: How to Translate the Idealism of the Arab Spring into Professionalism".
Other confirmed speakers for the panel are:
- Daoud Kuttab, director general, Community Media Network; founder, AmmanNet, Jordan
- Lawrence Pintak, founding dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, USA; author, “The New Arab Journalist”
- Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, host/producer, HuffPost Live, USA
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