Council Elects New President and Board Members

After his two-year term as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, Don Bishop passes the office to Prof. Adam Clayton Powell III. At the same meeting, the Council's board elected several new members. "Read More" to see our new lineup of officers and to learn more about the Council.

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Quotable: Kim Andrew Elliott on a strategy for international broadcasting

Saturday, May 16th 2015

Writing in the University of Southern California Center for Public Diplomacy’s CPD Blog on April 24, Kim Andrew Elliott, an audience research analyst at the International Broadcasting Bureau, outlined “A Market-Based Strategy of International Broadcasting.”

 

A market-based international broadcasting strategy, informed by a uses-and-gratifications perspective, centered on the audience’s own strategy of seeking information from abroad, does not require so many pages of detail. It can be sketched out on the back of an envelope: (1) Find out what audiences are seeking information from foreign sources, because of government control or other deficiencies of their domestic journalism. (2) Determine which media both the audience and broadcaster have access to, keeping in mind that, in many countries, the most popular media are not available to foreign entities. (3) Give the audience the content they want.

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

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

How to Save the Voice of America

Friday, May 15th 2015

As an enterprise that includes both journalism and public diplomacy – two disciplines that have lately been undergoing seismic changes – the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the bipartisan group of presidential appointees who oversee America’s stable of international broadcasters, is facing growing demands that it, too, needs to make some major changes.

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David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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Quotable: Peggy Noonan asks about America as the "Great Example"

Friday, May 15th 2015

In a May 15 column on Senator Marco Rubio’s recent foreign policy speech, “Marco Rubio’s Problematic Pillar,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made this comment:

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

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Public Diplomacy - What's in a Name?

Thursday, May 14th 2015

Have you ever started to debate a subject with friends via email and seen the topic stretch on forever, as one after the other copies everyone on his or her reaction?

The most basic topic imaginable has engendered this kind of debate among several members of the Council over the past week.  What is public diplomacy in the present day?  Does it mean something different, or is the term obsolete?

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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

CCTV America fights credibility issues, reaches audiences far beyond the U.S.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015

CCTV America must constantly battle the perception that its funders in Beijing are slanting its news broadcasts, but that may not be the case – or at least it may be an exaggeration.  

That was the word from Mike Waltera news anchor at CCTV America, who spoke at Monday’s PDC / USC First Monday Communications Leadership Forum in Washington DC. 

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

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Author: Adam Powell

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