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Journalism vs Activism:
Where Do I Draw The Line?

Saturday September 8th, 11:10am

What role do and should citizen, student, and professional journalists play in advocacy and activism? Many writers of color enter journalism as a means to surface issues from their own communities, effectively acting as activists for change. Yet the debate still rages, with many suggesting the delineation between journalist and activist is a privileged construct developed by white men. Reflecting on her career while considering the uncertainty many young journalists feel about this topic, Helen Zia, award winning journalist, writer, and activist, provides insight into where the line is drawn and if it exists at all.

About Helen Zia

Helen Zia is known for her work on Asian American civil rights, her novel, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, her investigation of date rape at the University of Michigan, leading to campus demonstrations and an overhaul of its policies, and her research on women who join neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations, provoking new thinking on the relationship between race and gender violence in hate crimes.

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