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March 31, 2009

Women, Action & the Media Conference

Last weekend, I went to an amazing conference Women, Action & the Media.

Here's a breakdown of the live-blogging done at the conference:

Friday, March 27: Pre-Conference Intensive on PR
Morning Panel Discussion

Introduction to the morning panel discussion
Elements to create a good media strategy
Media Strategy 101
Getting the mainstream, niche, and ethnic media to pay attention
How do you convey your message? USE MEDIA
Media exposure on the cheap

Afternoon Workshop on Creating a Media Strategy, led by Ina Howard-Parker of Represent, Inc.
Developing a comprehensive media strategy
Creating a media strategy continued
Elements of a communications planning process
PR 101 Imagery

Friday evening: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. The most powerful documentary I have ever seen.

Saturday Plenary: Cynthia Lopez, Insider - Outsider

Interlude: shout out to The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way

Saturday Sessions
How to work in the mainstream media - and why you want to

Get inside the minds of editors

Where are the women in the political media?

Sunday Sessions
Write and publish persuasive op-eds for a national audience

Are the messages the new media? post by Theta Pavis

Women and the economic crisis: getting beyond the corporate media narrative
Q&A on women and the economic crisis

Posted by cj at 9:11 PM | Comments (0)

March 27, 2009

US Policy on Afghanistan

As you know, Obama announced a new policy on Afghanistan today. Newspapers previewed this in Today's Papers, and their work was summarized by Slate.

It takes a lot more work to fully understand the Obama administration and effectively criticize their policy than say, the W admin. But still, where are the women? What about UN Security Council Resolution 1325? What about creating a sustainable model that can be supported by the local GDP rather than relying until the end of time on financial aid? Why has RAWA not updated their site since 2008?

How can we hear authentic voices of the people of Afghanistan, particularly women, as part of developing a critique of the US government's policy?

Posted by cj at 12:52 PM | Comments (0)

Live Blogging at Women, Action, and the Media Conference

Check out the WILPF blog for my live posts.

I'm at a pre-conference intensive on PR.

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