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  • Amanda Osborn 10:40 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: amnesty international, , , protests   

    Of Orange Jumpsuits and DC Protests 

    My first day as a media relations intern at Amnesty International included the following: a protest outside of the Department of Justice and an orange jumpsuit.

    I guess you could say that those items are a little out of the ordinary when it comes to your typical media relations internship.

    In the days leading up my first day, the media relations unit had been hard at work at contacting and pitching the media to generate a buzz about an Amnesty International-organized protest. The protest was to call on the US Attorney General to hold former vice president Dick Cheney accountable for possible war crimes committed during the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” The timing of the protest coincided with the release of Cheney’s memoir, in which he essentially condones acts of torture such as waterboarding. (It was pure coincidence that my first day was the day of the Cheney protest.)

    I arrived at the Department of Justice promptly at 11a.m. and was handed an orange jumpsuit. Then, I was informed I would wear the jumpsuit and join the other protesters and Amnesty International staff in holding the huge banner that proclaimed, “We demand accountability for torture. Attorney General: investigate former vice president Cheney’s role in torture.” While we held the sign, various media outlets covered incident. The whole protest culminated in a Department of Justice spokesperson being presented with a copy of Cheney’s memoir and a letter demanding that he be held accountable for any war crimes he may have committed.

    It was definitely a one-of-a-kind first day. (In an awesome way, of course.)

    • Francine Blume 7:21 pm on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did you know that you would be doing a protest on your first day? Were you just given the orange jumpsuit and told to hold the banner or was there some kind of discussion as to what the strategy was, what the goal of the protest was, how they would assess the effectiveness of the protest, etc? Do you know if you got decent media coverage? Jon Stewart just had a really good quote, “Protests are often as much about optics as they are about substance.” How do you think the message of the protest was received?

  • Amanda Osborn 3:14 am on October 11, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: amnesty international, , , public communication   

    A Little Bit About Me 

    Following Michelle’s lead, I figured it would be best to introduce myself before I started posting entries about my internship.

    My name is Amanda and I am a senior studying Public Communication and the Chinese language. I’ve lived in the U.S. (Delaware and Chicago) and Australia (Perth), but I will always consider Hong Kong home. I spent the last year studying abroad in Beijing and I’m currently trying to figure out how to get back to China after I graduate because I absolutely loved it. My hobbies include reading, baking, and traveling. (For a little more elaboration: my favorite authors are Sarah Dessen and Jasper Fforde. I make an awesome red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. I’ve been to five out of the seven continents and have loved every second of my travels.)

    Currently I am a media relations intern at Amnesty International. To quote the Amnesty International website, “Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.” While Amnesty International’s headquarters are in London, my work in the DC office is for Amnesty International USA. As a media relations intern, I do a lot of work to help generate publicity in the media for Amnesty International, among other media-related tasks. It’s definitely been a great learning experience so far, and I look forward to sharing my stories in the near future!

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