Lara Bitar is an independent media worker who works in Beirut, Lebanon, and the founding editor of journalist-run publication The Public Source. Her media practice is founded on a deep sense of place — a geographical imperative — which centers marginalized communities and connects their struggles to broader frameworks.

Over the past decade, she took on different editorial leadership roles in digital, broadcast, and print journalism. Bitar’s former professional engagements include producing the Peabody Award-winning Middle East news show Mosaic News at Link TV in San Francisco, and leading editorial teams at the digital freedoms organization SMEX and the online publication Al-Akhbar English.

Bitar contributes reports on social movements and civil unrest to grassroots media projects in the US and Lebanon and writes for regional and feminist publications. Committed to labor struggles and radicalizing the local press, Bitar is organizer of a Beirut-based media collective for independent and freelance journalists.

To varying degrees, her current work revolves around altering the future of the (local) press, politicizing work(ers), and organizing freelancers. Her current research interests include archives of/as resistance and the role of protest memories.

Lara Bitar (center) filming a demonstration in Oakland, California. Picture published in The New York Times, “Oakland: the Last Refuge of Radical America.” (Jake Stangel)