Tag Archives: Global

Teaching a large online lecture class

In the summer 2010, I participated in an online teaching workshop at VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence to prepare for moving my large lecture class on global communication online. Since the spring 2011, I have taught the class online with … Continue reading

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Brain drain? German scientists in the U.S.

The German government and several scientific foundations are attempting to reverse the so called “brain drain” and convince German scientists in the U.S. to come back home. I was recently interviewed by Stefan Koch, Washington correspondent of Madsack Media Group, … Continue reading

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#NBCfail and the Olympics

Around the world, the London Olympics were celebrated as a successful sporting event, from the opening to the closing ceremony. In the U.S., however, delayed television broadcasting of major Olympic events by NBC triggered a massive backlash on social media. … Continue reading

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Third social media summer with IYLEP

Our third VCU Social Media Institute has come to an end with the student project teams presenting their social media projects to their nonprofit clients. All clients received social media manuals to help them to maintain their campaigns on Facebook, … Continue reading

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KONY 2012: From perfect viral campaign to social media nightmare

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is hosting a panel on public relations case studies “Tenacious Tweeting, Bellowing Blogging, Fanatical FaceBooking, Yappy YouTubing: Using Industry Cases as Teaching Tools” at its annual conference in Chicago this … Continue reading

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Iraqi students study social media at VCU

This summer, Vivian Medina-Messner and I are teaching 24 Iraqi college students in our VCU Social Media Institute. They are in the U.S. through the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and … Continue reading

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VCU Social Media Institute to design nonprofit campaigns

The VCU Social Media Institute will shortly begin its third year. College students from Iraq and Virginia Commonwealth University will work in project teams for four weeks to design and implement social media campaigns for 10 nonprofit organizations in the … Continue reading

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How much social media will be allowed at the Olympics?

With the London Olympics only a few weeks away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its new social media policy that does not allow spectators and athletes to upload video snippets to various social media sites. It is an attempt … Continue reading

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How much should governments regulate the Internet?

The question of how much influence governments should have over Internet regulation is as old as the medium itself. In Singapore, the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has asked the Internet community to create a code of conduct … Continue reading

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The flameout of Kony 2012

When the Kony 2012 video went viral and caught the attention of millions of viewers within only a few days in early March, it seemed as if the nonprofit Invisible Children had done everything right. But only six weeks later, … Continue reading

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