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  1. The Moment for Independent Media: Bridging Cultural Understanding, Providing Fresh Perspectives

    February 17, 2012

      Back in September of last year – around the 18th, to be exact – a student in a media class I teach blogged about something she was picking up on Twitter and in the blogosphere. Although she was pretty sure that “something” was happening, she wondered why she wasn’t reading or hearing more about it in media coverage. I recall tweeting back to her, “you can find

  2. If Angela Davis Had Twitter, Way Back When...

    February 8, 2012

    Dr. Angela Davis reflects on how social media may have aided her activist pursuits in the 1960s. She is featured in The Black Power Mixtape, which airs this Thursday on Independent Lens. The clip is part of a larger interview conducted by PBS NEWSHOUR’s Hari Sreenivasan and produced by ITVS. The documentary is the product of Swedish journalists, who came

  3. Women and Girls Lead, Front and Center in NYC

    October 6, 2011

    The multi-year public media initiative anchored several high-profile events in New York last month with actor Geena Davis and other key members of the Women and Girls Lead team. The campaign made a big splash in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 21st with a panel at Mashable's Social Good Conference at the 92nd Street Y, entitled: Women and Girls Lead: Where

  4. 100,000+ Fans Can’t Be Wrong

    August 16, 2011

    Interested in raising your web presence? This past week the Independent Lens Facebook page reached and passed the 100,00 fan milestone. IL’s Managing Editor Brooke Shelby Biggs has been making her social media best practices available in a series of BTB posts. You can find a roundup of those offerings below:On Social Media, Quality Trumps Quantity How to

  5. On Social Media, Quality Trumps Quantity

    August 4, 2011

    Managing Editor of Independent Lens Brooke Shelby Biggs explains how to measure and maintain quality followers on social media. When you’re just starting out in social media, your focus is going to be on garnering as many fans on Facebook and followers on Twitter as you can. There are tried-and-true ways of accomplishing this, the most effective being