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Attend “Media in the Developing World” Presentation on August 12

Come to Decorah Public Library Tuesday August 12 at 7 pm to hear former Decorah resident Eric Johnson speak about working with independent media in the developing world.
When Aug 12, 2008
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where at the Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Come to Decorah Public Library Tuesday August 12 at 7 pm to hear former Decorah resident Eric Johnson speak about working with independent media in the developing world. 

 

Johnson is currently Senior Advisor to Internews Network and the Executive Director of Internews International, an association of over 25 non-governmental organizations that provide media assistance. He has 15 years experience working in international assistance projects in the field of democracy and governance in countries in transition in Europe, Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

 

Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower people worldwide with the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

 

According to Internews Network President David Hoffman, “Internews’ work fostering independent media and promoting open communications policies fundamentally aims to empower people to participate in the social, political and economic development of their societies. For people to make their voices heard, they need the capacity to create and disseminate their own information. This is why Internews nurtures local radio and television stations in hundreds of cities and towns around the world, and why we train some 9,000 media professionals each year.” [source: http://www.internews.org]

 

Presenter Eric Johnson is the son of Paul and Patricia Johnson of rural Decorah. Johnson graduated from Decorah High School in 1984 and went on to earn BAs in Math and Russian at Grinnell College and an MA in Government from Georgetown University.

 

Contact Kristin Torresdal at Decorah Public Library, 382-3717, for more information.