International Broadcasting

November 22

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

The date will always stick in my mind for the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who made perhaps the strongest impact on America's image of any president in the 20th Century.  Council Member Leonard Baldyga has found on the Web the U.S. Information Agency's film Years of Lightening/Day of Drums, which the Congress excepted from the Smith-Mundt Act provisions for viewing in the United States.  Always worth a look, and especially on this day.

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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

Trust in Broadcasting: An Old Truth Relearned

Monday, October 3rd 2011

An old story has been repeating itself recently in Washington. Once again, an element of U.S. international broadcasting has been criticized by politicians with a narrow view of its mission. Once again, by implication, the criticism brought the independence of American overseas broadcast operations into question. And, once again, came a firm and timely restatement of why those operations do what they do.

This time around, as reported in CQ Weekly in September, the criticism targeted Alhurra, the U.S.-sponsored Arab language television channel. According to the report, Alhurra drew the ire of some members of Congress “for broadcasting interviews with the leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas — groups the United States has branded as terrorist organizations.” It’s not clear what the interviews conveyed. But that’s not really the point here. Nor does it much matter when the interviews were aired or even what one thinks of Alhurra itself.

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John H. Trattner

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A former career Foreign Service officer and press spokesman of the Department of State, Trattner was also a newspaper, newsmagazine, and network radio journalist in the United States and Europe, press secretary to former Senator George Mitchell, vice president of a nonprofit focused on federal government management, head writer for a public affairs firm, and graduate-level teacher at American University. The author of eight books about the jobs and challenges of federal presidential appointees, he currently writes free-lance and composes choral music.

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Author: John Trattner

What's the Big Idea?

Monday, August 15th 2011

August is a time for reflection.   International broadcasting, among many U.S. funded national security institutions, is immersed in questions this summer about its mission, its reach and its cost effectiveness.  Our pioneer publicly-funded overseas network, the Voice of America, is just a few months shy of its 70th anniversary.   What is its role and impact in the ever widening galaxy of U.S. government funded overseas broadcast entities?

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

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Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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Author: Alan Heil

They Don't Want You To Know: Information Freedom in the Americas

Saturday, July 30th 2011

That authoritarian presidents are suppressing news and information in Latin America is no surprise.   But add the factors of international criminal syndicates and the Government of China, and the effect is a threat to press freedom in the Hemisphere.  That was the takeaway from a panel of experts on July 28 at the National Press Club.  Advancing freedom of expression is a frequent task for public diplomacy and international broadcasting, and the job appears far from done.

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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

International Broadcasting at a Crossroads

Friday, July 22nd 2011

We just posted Council Member Alan Heil's "LANDSCAPE OF INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING: VOA and the BBC at a Crossroads", which also appears in the current edition of Public Diplomacy Magazine (USC Annenberg School.)  In six pages, the former VOA deputy director gives a concise, well-documented snapshot of two international broadcasters on the cusp of big change.

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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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