Voice of America: Independent Broadcaster and also Tool of Statecraft

The Voice of America's Director, David Ensor, asserted that VOA's editorial independence allows the broadcaster to reach ever-larger global audiences with information that advances U.S. interests.  Ensor addressed a group in Washington convened by the Council and the American Foreign Service Association on September 9.  Click Read More for the latest media coverage of U.S. international broadcasting. 

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Advisory Commission Calls for Data-Driven Public Diplomacy

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Better late than never.  We should have called attention to the important report "Data-Driven Public Diplomacy" when the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy released it on September 16.  The report reviews how the impact of PD and international broadcasting can be measured and makes recommendations on how to strengthen evaluation.

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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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Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

A year ago, I feared that the "trifecta" of scandals then engulfing Washington -- Benghazi, the IRS and the Tea Party, and government access to Americans’ phone and email records -- posed some real challenges for Public Diplomacy officers overseas.  Back then, I could hardly imagine how difficulties would multiply. 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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The Voice of America: A worthy mission for the 21st century

Friday, August 22nd 2014

By Joseph B. Bruns. Mr. Bruns served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of VOA. He was the first Director of the IBB. Bruns also held several senior position at USIA. He recently retired as COO of WETA after 15 years in public broadcasting.

Recently, there has been a great deal of debate, and no small amount of axe grinding, regarding the mission and the effectiveness of US international broadcasting under the Broadcasting Board of Governors. This debate has now been brought to a head with the passage in the House of Representatives of the boldly named US International Communications Reform Act of 2014, HR 4490, which would create a new structure for US international broadcasting and attempts to create a division of responsibility between the VOA and the multiple surrogate services such as Radio Free Asia, which have proliferated since the end of the Cold War. The authors of the legislation take the view that efficiency is better served by consolidating all of the surrogate services together under a new board, and then turning VOA, with its own separate board, into a specialized service, a kind of super Washington news bureau, reporting only on the United States news, interests and policies. 

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Dark continent? How Africa's communications revolution is eroding bad press

Sunday, July 27th 2014

By Joan Mower, Head of Development, Voice of America. John Hopkins University adjunct lecturer in Public Diplomacy. Ms. Mower will be a guest speaker at the First Monday Lunch Forum on August 4th. 

Is the news media killing American investment in Africa?

Perhaps — but the tide is turning. Africans have long complained about the media’s negative bias towards their continent, and a quick Google search of top stories out of Africa lately confirms the thesis that “if it bleeds, it leads.” Ebola, Boko Haram and ethnic violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic dominate current international coverage of the continent.

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The Power of Technology: Batteries Not Included

Monday, July 21st 2014

By Katie Leasor, Program Designer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The Collaboratory

I was sitting in a meeting with a local D.C. charter school at the State Department when my colleague came up with a brilliant idea on how we could collaborate with them on virtual exchange programs. I began writing it down in my notebook when the black ink slowly turned grey, and eventually wouldn’t write at all.

Despite anxiously drawing circles to try and revive it, my pen died.

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