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Covering anti-Black racism and the BLM movement

Covering anti-Black racism and the BLM movement

Date(s) - 07/08/2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association

Covering anti-Black racism and the BLM movement

The purpose of this event is to discuss how AMEJA and peer journalists can improve their reporting on Black communities, Black Lives Matter, and analogous movements in the US and abroad. We will also discuss anti-Black racism within our industry, as well as within non-Black Arab and Middle Eastern communities.

Location: Zoom link will be sent after registration

Format: The first 30 minutes of the event will be a moderated panel discussion. The last 30 minutes will be an audience Q&A.

Speaker Bios:

Karen Attiah is the Global Opinions editor at The Washington Post, where she commissions and edits commentary on global issues from a variety of international writers. She joined The Post in 2014 as a digital producer in the Opinions section. Attiah often writes on issues relating to race, gender and international politics, with a special interest in Africa. Previously, she reported as a freelancer for the Associated Press while based in the Caribbean. Attiah was a Fulbright scholar to Ghana and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. is a historian, journalist, social justice artist, and mending practitioner. Her work bridges the worlds of organizing, academic research, media engagement, artistic expression, and spiritually-guided healing practices. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her broad areas of studies include cultural histories, social movements and friendships, race and ethnicity, social justice and the arts, global flows and critical migration studies, women + gender, Afro-Arab “solidarity-politics,” food justice, and indigenous spiritual healing technologies and practices. Dr. Alhassen is also a staff writer for the series Ramy.

Moderator Bio:

Rajaa Elidrissi is a multimedia journalist based in Queens, New York. She is currently an associate producer on Vox’s video team, where she focuses on international stories. Rajaa holds a BA in Anthropology from Wesleyan University and is an MS candidate at Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.


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