Internet Media and me.

I was asked to participate on a panel discussion on Monday, representing Mideast Youth. The panel is called: Internet Media: Strategies and Challenges facing Internet News Web and Blog sites.

I think I’ll focus on the fact that Mideast Youth is more than a media center or news blog. It’s actually about communication between people across the region who can’t otherwise communicate… if it weren’t for the convenience and openness of the web.

In case you’re in the area, and interested, here are the details:

NAAJA EVENTS
SPJ-Arab Journalists

Monday, Dec. 3, 2007
Ambassador Hotel, Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem
1st Floor Conference Room

Sponsored by NAAJA, SPJ-Arab Journalists

PANEL 1: Internet Media: Strategies and Challenges facing Internet News Web and Blog sites
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, 12-2:30

– Moderator, Charley Warady, co-host, Israelisms, an online weekly audio blog of life in Israel (Confirmed)
– Alan Abbey, Former editor, YnetNews.com, one of the most popular English language news sites from Israel (Confirmed)
– Khaled Abou-Aker, Editor, AMIN.org, a center for Palestinian, Israeli and Middle East opinion (Confirmed)
– [Me], MidEastYouth.com one of the highest ranked Middle East news blogs on the Internet (Confirmed)
– Fadi Abu Sada, Director Palestine News Network, an online news agency (Confirmed – or a representative if he is not allowed to cross from Bethlehem)
– Sherif Hedayat, standup comedian, online video producer

PANEL 2: Traditional Media: Strategies and Challenges facing coverage of the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, 2:45-5:30

– Moderator: Ray Hanania, syndicated columnist, SPJ-Arab Journalists coordinator, and Arab Writers Group Syndicate manager. (Confirmed)
– Steve Linde, managing editor, The Jerusalem Post, editor at Israel Radio. Linde has worked at the Jerusalem Post for the past 10 years and 18 years at Israel Radio. (Confirmed)
– Lisa Zilberpriver, reporter Haaretz Newspaper. (Confirmed)
– Dion Nissenbaum, McClatchy Newspapers Jerusalem Bureau (Confirmed)
– Joel Greenberg, Middle East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune (Confirmed)
– Zaki Abu Al-Halaweh, correspondent for al-Quds Newspaper (Confirmed)
– Issa Sharbati, correspondent for al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper (Confirmed)

The event is open to the public. We encourage you to have lunch at the Ambassador Hotel prior to the conference.