As the United States continues to serve as a global power, Washington D.C. has grown from a sleepy town to a bustling global city at the crossroads of diplomacy, policy, culture, and commerce.
This reality, fused with technologies and media on a global scale that keep us connected in real time and at all times, has resulted in a transformation in the information landscape in Washington and in global centers throughout the world. While some domestic American news outlets have retrenched, others, particularly foreign media, have bolstered their global presence both for English language audiences in the United States as well as for dispersed citizens looking for media content in their native language.
These efforts and investments designed to shape public opinion are having an effect on global political views. Simultaneously, the landscape of diplomacy is affected by the pressures and realities of an unrelenting 24-hour, 7-day-a-week news cycle. Better understanding the impact of these new media forays on how domestic and international events are perceived is critical to the effectiveness of the American Jewish Committee’s global Jewish advocacy efforts.
Through AJC and ACCESS, our young-generation program, we are deeply committed to fostering lasting diplomatic engagement in Washington and across the world, and to helping our young leaders understand the emerging issues that most affect the American Jewish community and rising diplomats based in the United States.
Our 14th annual ACCESS DC Young Diplomats event honors this commitment by bringing young diplomats from more than 60 countries together with talented young Jewish leaders. On March 24th, we hope you will join us to connect yet again for a fascinating exploration of how emerging media entrants are changing the way current events are portrayed and reported.
Please join us at 6:00 pm for a reception (remarks start at 7:30 pm) at 1777 F St NW to discuss this complex, timely, and important topic, together with young diplomats from around the world.
We are honored to host three experts who will discuss this issue from the perspective of government, foreign media, and research/academia, with moderation by a leader in Washington reporting:
Hilary Krieger, Multiplatform Editor, Opinions Section, The Washington Post
Our panelists will be:
- · Vinay Chawla, Director of Digital Engagement, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
- · Pierre Ghanem, Senior Correspondent, Al-Arabiya
- Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project
For more information and to purchase a ticket, please visit www.ajcwashington.org/youngdips2014.