Weave News staff present at national media activism conference | St. Lawrence University Global Studies

Weave News staff present at national media activism conference

Several members of the Weave News staff traveled to Kentfield, CA, recently to attend and present their work at the Media Freedom Summit 2.0, a media activism conference organized by Project Censored and co-sponsored by Weave News.

The conference, held on the campus of the College of Marin, was organized around the theme of "Critical Media Literacy for Social Justice" and offered opportunities "to identify and address crucial threats to media freedom, to learn about and share effective strategies for advancing media freedom, and to promote critical media literacy education in service of social justice, civic engagement, and positive, meaningful change in local communities and larger society."

Professor of Global Studies John Collins, Weave News Director of Communications Nicole Eigbrett '14, and Weave News contributor Steve Peraza '06 presented key ideas covered in "The Magic Trick of Establishment Media: News Abuse in 2017-18," a chapter they co-authored with Jana Morgan '07 for the recently-published Censored 2019 book edited by Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth. In the chapter, they explore the limitations of the establishment media coverage of several key news stories in 2017-18.

Also at the conference, Shanice Arlow '20, a Global Studies major and contributing editor for Weave News, spoke about her experience as a citizen journalist, including her widely-read 2017 piece, "Aiding and Abetting Whiteness" and the Surviving PWIs for POC series she is currently editing.

Members of the Weave News team are planning to contribute a chapter to next year's Censored 2020 book, part of an annual series of Project Censored books that are used in classrooms to promote critical media literacy and awareness of how the existing news media system in the United States works to marginalize important stories and voices.

Weave News is an independent media project grounded in the work of the Global Studies Department. Its mission is to weave the world together by investigating underreported stories, highlighting alternative perspectives, and promoting grassroots media-making and critical media literacy. The project brings together SLU students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as other individuals who share its commitment to citizen journalism.