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Narrative for a Change: The Intersection of Technology, Journalism and Human Rights

About This Project


How are journalists, human rights advocates, artists, and engineers using interactive technology, virtual reality, and data investigation to expose human rights violations? How can these approaches be used in partnership with impacted communities and social movements to create change?


In an attempt to answer these questions, HELM Social Design Studio curated Narrative for Change – a panel discussion and exhibition exploring the intersection of technology, journalism, and human rights. This panel brought together innovators who use technology in media and human rights to engage in a critical discussion and share cross-sector strategies. Through the use of photography, video, and interactive technology, including 360-degree virtual tours, the Narrative for Change exhibition aimed to create a space for understanding, reflection, and action on urgent social issues.


Panel Included:

  • Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee, JD, Co-founder and Content Director at HELM Studio, PhD Student UC Berkeley Law School
  • Sukti Dhital, JD, Deputy Director of Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights
  • Surya Mattu, artist and engineer, Data Reporter at GMG Special Projects Desk, Contributing Researcher at ProPublica, Fellow at Data and Society, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
  • Azmat Khan, Investigative Reporter & Future of War Fellow at New America

The Narrative for Change exhibition and panel discussion has been co-sponsored by HELM Studio, CUNY School of Journalism, VICE media and the Knight Foundation.


Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Exhibition 9am – 10pm | Panel Discussion 7:30pm – 9pm