Social Media Activist’s Guide to Influencing Mainstream Media #DCPFAF


Greetings Pitaconsumers!

PITAPOLICY is buusssy this week–and in a good way!  We are focusing on the experience of a social media activist’s guide to influencing mainstream media.  First off, PITAPOLICY is sponsoring its THIRD Tweetup.  This time we  will support the DC Palestine Film & Arts Festival by sponsoring their first tweetup.  Join us Thursday, August 30th, where the #DCPFAF tweetup will happen at Busboys & Poets at 6pm!  Second, on August 30th, PITAPOLICY Founder, Mehrunisa Qayyum will moderate a social media panel for DC activists.

DC Palestine Film Festival & Arts Tweetup: Listed on DC LinkTank
Do you enjoy film, art, or tweeting your witty points on cultural events? This is the MEETUP for you!

Get ready to chat, view, and TWEET about the 3rd Annual DC Palestine Film and Arts Festival beginning September 28th!

@DCPFAF invites you to participate in this FREE event for a preview of what we have to in store for the Fall. To get psyched about our active film and arts community: let’s encourage our film fans, blogger buddies and Arab arts fans to attend. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to attend!

Connect With Us!
All we ask is for you to bring a friend and attend. For those that tweet, please join our community online on Tumblr or follow the hashtag #DCPFAF.  Visit the DCPFAF Website:  Follow @DCPFAF on Twitter and join us tomorrow!

In2011, a group of three dedicated young women founded the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF). The vision was thatthe Festival would create a platform to display the artistic creativity of Palestinians primarily through film, but also through visual art,music and other mediums. After a successful 2-day teaser festival in May 2011 to test the waters, we officially launched DC-PFAF in September 2011. Securing an exciting range of high profile and experimental films, while attracting a wide variety of audiences from young professionals, to students, to artists, as well as the Arab communities of DC, gave us the validation to push forward and institutethe Festival as an annual event. 

50th Annual Convention of Islamic Society of North America

Washington, DC~We are excited that the 50th Annual Convention for the Islamic Society of North America is happening this Labor Day weekend, from August 30th to September 2nd in the U.S. Capitol of Washington, DC.  Each year, PITAPOLICY revisits the issue of islamic banking and investment, among philanthropy causes in the MENA region at the ISNA forum.  

This year, we are REALLY excited that PITAPOLICY Founder, Mehrunisa Qayyum, will moderating another ISNA panel: “The Social Media Activist’s Guide to Influencing Mainstream Media”.  Expert panelists include Malika Bilal, co-host of the popular show The Stream on Al Jazeera America; Ahmed Bedier, Muslim American civil rights activist, who has appeared on numerous programs; and Zeba Khan, a Muslim American writer and founder of Muslims for Obama and fellow Common Ground News Contributor.  Bilal, Bedier, and Khan will highlight how various social media tools equip the activist to positively engage media…and synergize their message to produced a positive impact. 

Join us at 4:45pm for this lively discussion at the DC Convention Center in Washington, DC Room 140AB.  If you are unable to attend, don’t worry, this wouldn’t be a social media discussion without your online comments.  Follow the discussion on Twitter at #50ISNADC.   Qayyum will be live-tweeting as @PITAPOLICY, so jump in with your questions and comments!

  • Which combo of social media tools work best for different audiences?
  • What is hashtag highjacking?
  • #MyJihad is one example that pushed mainstream media to note Twitter power, but critics sometimes focus on how Twitter is for the more “elite user”… what are your thoughts are on such criticism?
  • Or maybe criticism unjustified?
  • #MuslimRage: serves as another example of Muslim American activist response.

The Social Media Activist’s Guide to Influencing Mainstream Media

The mainstream media has seemed to be a one-way conversation for decades. With the advent of social media, in particular Twitter, the landscape has changed. Learn how to harness the power of Twitter and other social media to influence the mainstream media in positive ways.
Speakers: Ahmed Bedier, Zeba Khan, Malika Bilal

Moderator: Mehrunisa Qayyam


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