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Center for Social Media Awards Grants

By Sally Acharya

Three faculty members have won grants through the Center for Social Media to produce multimedia sites whose topics range from social issues in Washington, D.C., to civil rights in Nepal.

School of Communication journalism professor Angie Chuang will produce a multimedia site to foster dialogue around issues faced by local ethnic business owners. Called The Other D.C., it will focus on such issues as immigration and gentrification.

Washington is also the focus of a project by lecturer Amy Hendrick, who will engage local youth around community and social issues by producing a participatory site moderated by young filmmakers.

Jes Therkelsen is taking a multimedia look at an issue much further afield. The adjunct professor will work on a participatory site that focuses on the civil rights of Nepal’s dalits, once known as “untouchables” and traditionally relegated to the lowest status jobs. The site will feature photos, videos, and personal stories collected in workshops with dalit journalists and advocates in Nepal.

The Center for Social Media is part of the university’s School of Communication.