Radsch - Courtney

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Courtney C. Radsch is an international media expert, journalist and blogger with more than 10 years of journalism and media affairs experience in the U.S. and the Middle East. She is currently Senior Program Manager at Freedom House where she manages the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign. She regularly leads international advocacy missions, represents Freedom House at the UN Human Rights Council and serves as a spokesperson on media and technology issues. Ms. Radsch is frequently invited to speak about freedom of expession, new media, and the role of cyberactivism in the Middle East. She is frequently quoted in the media and her appearances include PBS Frontline, Al Jazeera, Al Hurra, NPR, and CBC.
 
Ms. Radsch is a member of Giganet and has published several academic articles on issues related to the Internet, activism, press freedom and gender. She is the author of several book chapters including an entry in the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements. Her articles have appeared in leading publications throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She previously worked for Al Arabiya, the New York Times and Lebanon’s Daily Star and writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Oxford Analytica, and other leading publications. Ms. Radsch is the author of IREX’s Media Sustainability Index on Tunisia (2009) and several chapters on the Middle East for Freedom House’s annual Freedom of the Press survey since 2010. Her Arab Media blog is one of the longest running blogs on the topic and can be found at www.radsch.info. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.
 
Ms. Radsch's background also includes training journalists, public relations officers, civil society advocates and development professionals. She has consulted on several media project for international organizations and has been sought out to provide background and analysis on youth movements, citizen journalism and new media.
 
She is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in international relations at American University’s School of International Service. Her dissertation, The Revolution will be Blogged: Cyberactivism in Egypt, is based on extensive multi-year ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt and content analysis of Egyptian blogs, and she is currently turning it into a book. She holds a Masters degree from the Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks Arabic, French and Spanish.