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This is a guest post by Sheila B. Lalwani, a member of the Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network who teaches international journalism at the University of Maryland’s Merrill School of Journalism.

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Something essential is missing from the round-the-clock news coverage of Libya: The voices of its people. It is a journalistic gaffe almost too painful to point out, but social media outlets provide useful platforms to understanding the experiences of everyday Libyans that might otherwise be lost.