RVP Helps World Affairs Council Promote Civil Society Through New Media

RVP Helps World Affairs Council Promote Civil Society Through New Media

Yesterday, Rainier Valley Post (RVP) founder and publisher Amber Campbell met with a delegation of five journalists and other communications professionals from Azerbaijan as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which is run in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

Turkhan Karimov, Dilgam Ahmadov, Suheyla Jafarova, Gunay Nazarova and Zaur Guliyev (pictured below) were nominated by their U.S. Embassy as upcoming leaders in their fields and invited to participate in the program entitled “Promoting Civil Society through New Media.”

Over the course of about three weeks, the group will travel throughout the U.S. and explore how social media policies and practices can be used to strengthen civil society, encourage transparency in corporate practices and create brand awareness.

Based on these themes, Campbell was invited to meet with delegation and discuss how neighborhood sites like the RVP can shape local political conversations, as well as build community in a diverse area.

“It’s an honor to participate in this program,” said Campbell. “The delegates have such impressive backgrounds. I’m sure I learned more from them than they did from me.”

It was Campbell’s second time participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. In 2012, she met with two journalists from Thailand.

According to the State Department, the program is designed to:

  • Examine how social media policies and practices can be enhanced to help strengthen civil society and enhance the ability of civil society associations to shape the future
  • Gain insight into how to understand and find the most suitable platforms to achieve goals of promotion in civil society by reaching more people, raising awareness of their activities and providing networking opportunities
  • Highlight a variety of new media and social networking tools and how they can be used to promote citizens’ rights and responsibilities;
  • Explore how new media can promote transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors
  • Gain an understanding of how citizens may be educated to become discerning consumers of on-line content
  • Explore how social media can be used as a marketing tool to engage consumers and create brand awareness

Azerbaijan — a Muslim-majority country located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe — is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.

While in Seattle, the Azerbaijani delegation (above with RVP founder/publisher Amber Campbell) will also visit with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, United Way of King County, Wedgewood Community Council and a company called Creativello. Photos/Rainier Valley Post


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