Tag Archives: Global

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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Tumblr Founder David Karp speaks at VCU

The founder of the microblogging platform Tumblr, David Karp, delivered the Turpin Lecture at VCU’s School of Mass Communications on Tuesday evening. Before and after speaking to an audience of around 200 students, faculty and media professionals, the 25-year-old entrepreneur … Continue reading

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Why “Kony 2012” went viral

An online campaign can hardly be more effective than the one of Invisible Children. This week, the nonprofit published an online documentary video on the abductions and mass murder of children in Uganda that went viral and brought attention to … Continue reading

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Online protests for freedom of speech on the Internet

The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation has not only triggered protests by new media companies, but it has also led to a widespread social media campaign that is likely to stall the bills in both houses of the U.S. Congress. … Continue reading

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The battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley

The legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress to fight online piracy abroad have caused unprecedented protests by new media companies and organizations this week. The one-day shutdown of Wikipedia and highly publicized protest of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other websites … Continue reading

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Social media discussion in Germany

On a recent trip to Germany, I was invited to run a day-long seminar on social media at the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung,” one of Germany’s large regional daily newspapers. Together with Michael Fibison from Yahoo! and Ryan Nobles from Richmond’s … Continue reading

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First PressCamp in Bolivia

Video streaming by Ustream My former graduate student Miguel Souza, who graduated from our multimedia journalism program last year, helped to organize the first PressCamp in his hometown Santa Cruz in Bolivia this past weekend. I was invited to speak … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera and the Arab Spring

Kimberly Halkett, anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera, will speak at VCU’s School of Mass Communications and give an overview on the Arab Spring, the rise of Al Jazeera as well as her work on Capitol Hill in Washington. I … 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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