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UH Summit Addresses The Relationship Between Journalists And Social Activists

The second-annual Global Communication Summit aims to better prepare journalists to cover protests and to help social activists better tell their stories.

Federal workers protested the partial shutdown of the federal government on January 15, 2019, at Houston's Johnson Space Center. (Photo Credit: (Florian Martin/Houston Public Media)
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Federal workers protest the partial government shutdown outside the Johnson Space Center.


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It's been a busy few years for protesting — whether it was this week's demonstrations against Pres. Trump's declaration of a national emergency, or protests in 2014 denouncing the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — or anything in between.

And, for many of us, the main way we experienced such protests is through the media. And so a summit at the University of Houston this week aims to better prepare journalists to cover such public demonstrations around the world.

On Friday, Feb. 22, the university's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication is hosting its second Global Communication Summit. This year's event addresses the relationship between social activism and journalists.

Media for Social Justice: Journalism + Activism + Technology takes place at the University of Houston Alumni Center.

In the audio above, Dr. Summer Harlow, assistant professor of communication at UH, provides details about the summit and what it hopes to achieve.

Organizers will also host a free forum in advance of the summit tonight (Feb. 20) at 6 p.m. at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, located at 333 S. Jensen Dr.