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Assembly's Giving Tuesday Virtual Panel Focuses on Amplifying Armenia/Artsakh in the Media


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America's virtual panel event, "Breaking Through the Noise: How to Amplify Armenia and Artsakh Through Mainstream and Social Media," will coincide with the worldwide Giving Tuesday movement. The panel features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian, communications strategist Stephan Pechdimaldji, and social media manager Vivian Zohrabian and will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST.


In light of the 44-day war on Artsakh last Fall, as well as Azerbaijan's ongoing attacks against the Armenia people, this special event will serve as an opportunity for panelists to share their professional insights and expertise about how to best combat misinformation in the media, as well as how to frame the narrative we wish to amplify.


"This Giving Tuesday, we recognize the generosity of our donors, who help fuel the advocacy, outreach and education to further our work together. We also thank our panelists and look forward to their presentations," said Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.


Stephen Kurkjian worked as a reporter and editor for The Boston Globe for 40 years. A founding member of The Globe’s investigative Spotlight Team, Stephen won three Pulitzer Prizes as a reporter and chief of the team. Stephen also served as chief of The Globe’s Washington Bureau and reported on the White House, Justice Department and Supreme Court. The son of Armenian Genocide survivors, Stephen has written extensively about the Genocide and the fight for recognition and justice.

Stephan Pechdimaldji is a communications strategist with 20+ years of experience, managing public and media relations for top companies including Time Inc., Los Angeles Times, Yahoo!, and CBS Interactive. As Senior Vice President for Edelman's San Francisco Bay Area Corporate and Public Affairs group, Stephan's specialties include earned media, reputation and brand management, crisis communications, and content promotion.


Vivian Zohrabian is a social media manager for a law firm in New York City and holds a B.S. from Rutgers Business School. Her published articles and tips on maximizing social media and identifying social media trends can be found on her website https://linktr.ee/itsvivianz.


Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


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