Voice of America - "from Agitprop to News"

Research Professor Holly Cowan Shulman, of the University of Virginia, described the forces shaping the Voice of America from its origins in World War II at the First Monday Forum on July 10. The well-known author drew attendance by VOA Director Amanda Bennett, former Director David Ensor, and former VOA Deputy Director Alan Heil.  Here, Cowan Shulman poses with the PDC's President, Professor Adam Clayton Powell. View the whole discussion on YouTube here.

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NBC acquires, then drops, "Voice of America"

Thursday, January 13th 2011

Last month, NBC announced it had bought the "Voice of America," as was widely reported.

But no, NBC had not acquired the U.S. government’s international broadcaster: instead, NBC had bought the rights to the Dutch TV series "Voice of Holland" and planned to launch a US version as a weekly series starting this spring under the title "Voice of America." Consider the opportunities for confusion, especially when NBC's "VOA" was broadcast in other countries. Even sophisticated viewers might believe NBC "VOA" was related to that other VOA.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

Ten Years On, a Project Comes to Life

Thursday, January 13th 2011

Ten years ago, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Charlotte Beers explored the idea of an interactive exhibit to give foreign young people an American experience without having to travel.  The International Information Programs Bureau explored the idea with the Smithsonian Institution, but the idea never got off the ground.

Now the new American Center in Jakarta, @America, has that exhibit.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Read Up!

Sunday, January 9th 2011

There's a fresh copy of Bruce Gregory's PD Resources here.  Bruce, a Council member, compiles the most important current writing about public diplomacy every month or so, including a convenient synopsis of each piece.  One entry that I want to read is The Science of Social Networks.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Change: Does Anyone See It Coming?

Thursday, January 6th 2011

About thirty years ago, I returned from six years in Eastern Europe and, as director of the State Department’s press office, soon found myself trying to explain what a fax machine was to the Secretary of State’s senior staff. 

I argued that we could buy a couple of fax machines. If we did, we could end the then-current practice of re-typing all the foreign affairs stories from the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal into telegrams whenever the Secretary was abroad.  Believe it or not, in 1983, that was still the practice. Every single night, when the Secretary was out of town, a crew of secretaries (what we called OMS’s in those days) trooped in to the PA press office and typed verbatim all the relevant stories from the three big papers.  It was costly, it was boring, and it was inconvenient to everyone.

The Seventh Floor folk, who knew everything in those days, were incredulous, fearful and doubtful about fax machines.  Many had never seen one, not even the one in the Op Center.  They were even more skeptical when I claimed that virtually all of our embassies had fax machines, so you didn’t really have to carry one on the Secretary’s aircraft from Andrews AFB!

I’m reminded of my difficulty in convincing the S staff about the wonders of fax technology when I read this perceptive little email text circulating in the Pentagon about the changes in American society and our media habits.

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Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 

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Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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The State Department's New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, January 6th 2011

That’s what the QDDR – Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review – amounted to when it was released on December 15 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

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