Iraqi Journalists visit 911 Media Arts Center
Iraqi delegation at 911 Media Arts Center, June 1st 2011
A delegation of Iraqi journalists and media professionals visited 911 Media Arts Center’s offices yesterday morning as part of an ongoing program through the World Affairs Council and the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). During the meeting 911 Media director Steven Vroom presented the workings of the organization to the group and fielded questions via two Arabic translators.
The discussion primarily centered around the financial and practical workings of the organization, particularly the non-profit model in general and the income sources for a charitable new media center in an environment with little to no government funding for the arts. The concept of a community-driven media arts organization, and the idea of empowering individual voices through access and education, in the context of media independent from commercial or political interests was also discussed.
Seattle resident Musab Masmari, a Libyan/US citizen, was also in attendance to act as a cultural ambassador on behalf of 911 Media Arts Center for the Arabic speaking visitors.
911 Media Arts Center has participated in several of these visits via the World Affairs Council over the last three years presenting a working overview of new media not-for-profit funding and administration to individual delegations of international visitors.
List of Participants
(last names removed per request of the participants)
Ms. Naza Mohammed Abdullah
Senior reporter, Al-Sumariya TV
Mr. Majid Abdulhameed Abdulsattar
Senior reporter (Media Coordinator), Al-Rasheed TV
Mr. Ssamer Yousef Abeed
Reporter, Al-Arabiya TV (Pan Arab)
Mr. Hamzah Hussein Shallal
Senior reporter, Al-Iraqiya TV
Mr. Moamel Majeed Hameed
Senior Political Presenter (Programmer), Al-Iraqiya TV
Mr. Minas Jabbar Majeed
Reporter, Al Baghdadia TV
Mr. Wisam Fadhil
Professor of Journalism and Deputy Dean of Media Studies at Baghdad University
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