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TakingITGlobal Proudly Presents:
        The TakingITGlobal Dispatch! 
For the month of October 2003 (Volume 3.9) 
In this issue 
1.	Welcome to the Dispatch!
2.	Make the Media
3.	Understanding the Issues Launch!
4.	“The Power of Media”: October’s Global Gallery Contest
5.	I3 Zine Featured Article
6.	September’s Global Gallery Contest Winners
7.	Wrap Up
~*~ 1. Welcome to the Dispatch! ~*~
Welcome to TakingITGlobal’s Dispatch for the month of October! In this issue, we invite you to 
participate in our new monthly theme of “Make the Media,” take part in TIG’s collective, spontaneous
art work, the “Wall of Expression,” and contribute to the “The Power of Media” Global Gallery contest. 
We also introduce a new TakingITGlobal education initiative, “Understanding the Issues.” Read on, and
stay connected!
~*~ 2. Make the Media ~*~

Each day, we learn about the world through the lens of a camera or the pen of a journalist. Our 
very perceptions of reality are filtered through the media. The media, in print, audiovisual, and 
electronic forms, is the power to communicate, a power that is vital to human society.
“Make the Media” encourages you think about how to harness and utilize this power for yourself. How 
can media be a form of personal expression? What does it mean to be a producer of media, rather than being 
a passive consumer? How can you help other people to discover your world?
Visit http://d.takingitglobal.org/themes/media to participate in “Make the Media,” and contribute to the 
TakingITGlobal “Wall of Expression”! The “Wall of Expression” is an exploration into the collective minds 
of TIG members and a spontaneous work of art. Upload words and images that inspire you, and watch them 
come together to form a collage with the inspirations of other members!
~*~ 3. Understanding the Issues ~*~
“Understanding the Issues” is TakingITGlobal’s new educational initiative that will be launching in 
mid-October. This section consists of informational units on ten major global issues, with concise background 
information, statistics, analysis, and links to organizations that are actively dealing with these issues. 
“Understanding the Issues” is a comprehensive resource for teachers and students alike, providing TIG with a 
depth of knowledge.
To learn more about the issue of media, visit Understanding Media: http://understanding.takingitglobal.org!
~*~ 4. “The Power of Media”: October’s Global Gallery Contest ~*~
Imagine a billboard at the busiest intersection in the biggest city in the world. Every day, millions of 
people walk by and see it. This billboard has the power to communicate, connect, open minds, change opinions, 
and plant seeds for positive action. 
This billboard is a form of media: the means through which most of our opinions and perceptions of reality 
are filtered as we discover the world through the pen of a journalist, or the lens of a camera. Media shapes 
society in ways that are often subtle, but always profound. An important example of this is how media is used 
and controlled in democratic versus dictatorial regimes. 
Now imagine that you have the opportunity to put a creative advertisement for a social issue on this 
billboard. Your advertisement can be for a global, national, or local issue that you think more people should 
know about. What would your advertisement promote? What would your advertisement look like? What would your 
advertisement express?
Show us in your submission for this month’s Global Gallery contest, “The Power of Media”!  
Submit your artwork: http://gallery.takingitglobal.org/contest!
~*~ 5. I3 Zine Featured Article ~*~
Zuhra Bahman’s article,“Media: From the East to the West,” is October’s “Make the Media” Featured Article. 
The mainstream media, as the primary source of information for many, has a strong responsibility to society. Zuhra, 
a native of Afghanistan, describes how the media has sometimes shirked this responsibility in their coverage of her 
country’s conflicts, and describes her own experiences of using the media as a chance to “inform, educate and empower 
Read Zuhra’s article:
Read more articles about the media: http://zine.takingitglobal.org
Make your own media by submitting articles here: http://www.takingitglobal.org/express/content.html
~*~ 6. September’s Global Gallery Contest Winners ~*~
~*~ 7. Wrap Up ~*~
Your interest, support and involvement with TakingITGlobal helps our community to grow and encourage more young 
people to be inspired, informed and involved everyday! Thank you for being a member with the vision of positive change!
In friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch is the official newsletter of TakingITGlobal, electronically published via email, and 
compiled from various events and news from within the TakingITGlobal network. Contributions should be sent to 
dispatch@takingitglobal.org. Please include your full name, age, and your member name.
Past issues of the Dispatch can be read in the dispatch archive, found at http://www.takingitglobal.org/community/newsletters/dispatch

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