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Saturday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Impact of Social Media Tools in Mexico

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This panel provides a unique perspective to the development and impact of social media tools in Mexico today. This panel features journalists and scholars from Mexico who will discuss how social media tools are being used in news organizations. In addition, they will discuss how Mexican citizens are using Twitter as a way to respond the lack of information in the newspapers that are under threat of drug traffickers. As news organizations have been forced to practice self-censorship after so many assassinations and kidnappings of journalists, citizens and even journalists have been using social media as the last resort to spread the news. In addition, Twitter has been used by the local Mexican government to inform the citizenry about dangerous areas because of drug trafficking. The journalists and scholars in this panel will discuss their own experience and use of social media, but also how society is using it.
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avatar for Javier Garza

Javier Garza

Editorial DirEl Siglo de TorreonJavier Garza is Editorial Director of El Siglo de Torreón in Torreón, Mexico, a city caught in the crossfire in the war against Mexican drug cartels. He graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and has an M.A. in Journalism from... Read More →
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David Sasaki

Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation
ConsultantN/ADavid is an independent consultant working with the Latin America and Information Programs of Open Society Foundations. He helps them think of ways that civil society in Latin America can use technology and digital media to become more effective. He formerly directed... Read More →
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Gabriela Warkentin

Universidad IberoamericanaHas a B.A. in Communication from Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, and has done graduate coursework in Comparative Literature and Communications at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universidad de Navarra, Spain. She is currently Head... Read More →
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Amy Schmitz Weiss

Asst ProfessorSan Diego State UniversityAmy Schmitz Weiss is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Dr. Schmitz Weiss is a former journalist who has been... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Sabine 500 North IH 35

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