National Geographic and "Brand America"

Gary Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, shows the dozens of different front-page covers of this month's National Geographic magazine, tailored to audiences around the globe.  The media company embraces freedom of thought and expression, a core American value, he asserted at First Monday Forum.

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Voice of America at 75

Thursday, February 2nd 2017

"The news may be good for us. The news may be bad. But we shall tell you the truth.”

These words were uttered 75 years ago in the first broadcast by the Voice of America.  They still guide the U.S. Government's flagship foreign media organization in its output, now spanning all the digital media as well as traditional broadcast channels.

Whether you would like to discover the VOA or be reminded of its history, here's a blog post to get you started.

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Joe B. Johnson

Board member

 

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

Quotable: CPD Report on the Way Forward for Public Diplomacy

Sunday, January 29th 2017

In November 2016, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), along with the Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) at the University of Southern California, convened public diplomacy thought leaders currently working in and out of government to assess the successes of PD in the outgoing administration, and make recommendations for a future course.

 

Headline:     Public Diplomacy and National Security in 2017

 

Subhead:      Building Alliances, Fighting Extremism, and Dispelling Disinformation

 

Authors:       Katherine A. Brown, Shannon N. Green, and Jian “Jay” Wang

 

Source:         Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Ethan Zuckerman on three varieties of “fake news”

Sunday, January 29th 2017

What can we do about news so toxic that it moves people to take up arms to investigate conspiracies? Unfortunately, the simple answers are inadequate, and some are downright counterproductive. Instead, any successful approach to fake news demands that we treat these three different diseases with different techniques.

 

Headline:     Fake news is a red herring

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Ludes and Jacobson on organizing for information warfare

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Headline:     How Trump can defend the US against information warfare

 

It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.  

 

Authors:       Jim Ludes and Mark Jacobson

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Confusion reigns: Does the Broadcasting Board of Governors exist, or not?

Wednesday, January 25th 2017

Last month President Obama signed a law abolishing the Broadcasting Board of Governors; see for example http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-30-16/bbg-oversigh...

Yet today the (perhaps nonexistent) BBG named a new chairman; see https://www.bbg.gov/2017/01/25/bbg-announces-new-acting-board-chairman/

As President Obama noted when he signed the bill into law last month, Constitutional barriers may prevent Congress abolishing BBG. But he signed the bill anyway. And now?

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

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

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