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Hidden in Plain View: Centering Black Voices on Media, Protest and Everyday Life

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February 4, 2016 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Black Community Services Center
The Program in Writing and Rhetoric, PWR 194: Contemporary Black Rhetorics, and OpenXChange's Open Office Hours Series are pleased to present:
Hidden In Plain View: Centering Black Voices on Media, Protest and Everyday Life
3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Black Community Services Center
Most of us know at least something about the rise of African American protest against police violence and other forms of racialized injustice across the nation over the last several years. Most of the reporting and perspective we get, however, is framed through corporatized news media or social media experiences that vary greatly depending on whom we choose to connect with and follow. What do we learn when we flip the gaze and engage Black perspectives on this era of protest, reporting and sharing through social media, on their own terms? Join us for a necessary discussion reporting, editing, sharing and curating within, and yet also outside, of so-called mainstream media. Please join us to discuss the following and more:
• In a moment of rising Black activism and the rising power of Black voices in broadcast, print, and social media, how does our understanding of this moment change when we center Black voices?
• How has transmedia storytelling helped transform EBONY Magazine, one of the nation's oldest and most successful publications?
• What perspectives can Black owned and Black oriented media offer us about #BlackLivesMatter or sexual justice or everyday life?
• Just what IS Black Twitter? Why are this space and the people who use it such a powerful force on Twitter? 

Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor for Ebony Magazine, is an award-winning editor, writer and speaker around issues of race, gender and sexuality. As the Digital News and Lifestyle editor for Ebony, she has helped lead the iconic publication's transition and transformation into a leading digital forum.

Meredith Clark is on the Journalism faculty at the University of North Texas, where she teaches courses in Comparative International Media Systems, Media Writing, and New Technologies in Mass Communications. She has emerged as a national leader in her field, with her groundbreaking dissertation on Black Twitter being awarded the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Mass Communication and Society Division's Dissertation of the Year Award.

Tonya Mosely is a multiplatform journalist and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. She has won numerous national awards for her reporting, including a Journalist of the Year Award by the Washington Association for Justice and the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award.

Adam J. Banks is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education and new Faculty Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Prior to arriving at Stanford he served on the faculty of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky and the Syracuse University Writing Program. He is the author of Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age and Race, Rhetoric and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground, which was awarded the Computers and Composition 2007 Best Book Award.
A special thanks to our student group co-sponsors: Black Student Union (BSU) and Black and Queer at Stanford (BlaQS), Stanford NAACP, and Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC).
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