Courtney C. Radsch
- Courtney C. Radsch
Courtney C. Radsch
Courtney C. Radsch is an international media expert with more than 10 years of journalism and media affairs experience in the U.S. and the Middle East. She is currently Sr. Program Officer at Freedom House where she manages the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign. She regularly leads international advocacy missions to press governments to respect human rights, and works with partners on the ground to protect freedom of expression. As a conference and panel speaker Courtney has addressed audiences in the U.S., Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon and Uganda, and regularly speaks about the role of cyberactivism in the Middle East. Her recent appearances include a special on the Egyptian revolution on PBS Frontline, along with Al Jazeera, Al Hurra, NPR and elsewhere.
Courtney’s journalism background includes a stint as Associate Editor at Al Arabiya, where she managed the English website, integrated multimedia and social networking into the newsroom and helped manage newsroom integration and digital convergence. She also worked for the New York Times and Lebanon’s Daily Star. She is the author of several book chapters including an entry in the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements and her articles have appeared in leading publications throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She regularly writes for the Huffington Post, Oxford Analytica, and other leading publications. Courtney 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 in 2010 and 2011. 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.
Courtney’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 by civil society government officials in the US and Middle East 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.
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