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Social media and the 2012 presidential campaign

President Barack Obama and the Republican field of candidates are putting their social media campaigns in place for the 2012 presidential race. Republicans recently announced that they will be ready to play social media this time around, and President Obama … Continue reading

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Social media fire up “Occupy” movement

“Occupy Wall Street” in New York has developed into a worldwide protest movement during the last few days. As with many other street protests in recent years, social media played a central role in promoting and organizing the movement. Reporter … Continue reading

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PR firms and the presidential election in Egypt

As Egypt prepares for the first presidential election in the post-Mubarak era, candidates are seeking the advice of public relations firms to craft their campaigns and public images. Business Today Egypt reporter Randa El Tahawy interviewed me recently on the … Continue reading

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Another exciting social media summer

My VCU colleague Jeff South and I had the opportunity again this summer to teach a social media class with VCU and Iraqi students. Together with VCU’s Global Education Office we received a $200,000 grant by the¬†Academy for Educational Development … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Forum in Washington

Who would have thought that Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network, would receive such bipartisan praise from Congressional leaders in Washington? At the network’s inaugural U.S. Forum at the Newseum,¬† House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator John McCain stressed … Continue reading

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A weekend with Anderson Cooper

It was an extraordinary weekend at the Richmond Forum with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who presented a “360-degree look at world events” to more than 5000 people at the Landmark Theater and sat down for a Q&A with me on … Continue reading

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Internet companies and global politics

Google, Twitter and Facebook have again played significant roles in enabling protesters in the Middle East during the last few weeks. Google and Twitter have even increased their active support for the uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere. Voice of America … Continue reading

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Anderson Cooper at the Richmond Forum

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will share his experiences covering the uprising in Egypt at two Richmond Forum events this weekend. I am excited to moderate both events on Feb. 19 and 20. In addition, 30 of our VCU mass communications … Continue reading

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Media coverage of the protests in Egypt

Journalists have been under attack while trying to cover the protests in Egypt. Not only correspondents of television networks and newspapers were attacked, but especially star reporters and anchors such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper and CBS’ Katie Couric. I was … Continue reading

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