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Fall classes at VCU: Make a difference in the presidential election

I am offering two award-winning classes this fall semester that will focus on the presidential election. If you’re following the current primary election races, you probably have an idea how exciting the fall campaign is going to be. So, get … Continue reading

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@VCUsocialmedia and #vcuglobalhealth featured in VCU President’s annual report

  Our annual IYLEP Social Media Institute and this fall’s open online course on Global Health and Social Media were featured as exemplary global partnerships in the annual report of VCU President Michael Rao this week. The annual report is available … Continue reading

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NPR interview on Chris Christie presser

The scandal over bridge lane closures by his administration as a means of political retaliation has put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the defensive. The possible Republican presidential contender gave a two-hour press conference on Tuesday, expressing his own … Continue reading

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“VCU votes” campaign wins communication award

The “VCU votes” campaign to turn out the student vote at VCU during the 2012 presidential election has been recognized with a Democracy Cup Award. The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) honored the project run by 15 VCU honors students … Continue reading

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Political power of social media

President Barack Obama again used a sophisticated social media operation to engage and turn out his voters on election day last November. And his second inauguration just a few days ago saw a million tweets as well. So what’s the … Continue reading

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The “new normal” of social media campaigning

President Barack Obama won the election in part due to a superior get-out-the-vote operation that again included a sophisticated social media strategy. But how will social media platforms be used in future elections, especially at the state and local levels? … Continue reading

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With #my2k against the fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama has asked his supporters to use the new “#my2k” hashtag on Twitter to weigh in on the negotiations on the fiscal cliff. In hope to put extra pressure on Republicans in the negotiations, the social media campaign … Continue reading

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Turning out the vote at VCU

Students in my Social Media and the Presidential Race honors class, which I have taught with my colleague Jeff South this fall semester, have planned and implemented the nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaign “VCU Votes.” Students engaged their peers on a blog, … Continue reading

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Romney, Big Bird and Twitter

During the first televised presidential debate, Mitt Romney just tried to make another argument for cutting government spending, including subsidies to PBS. But he mentioned the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird in that discussion and subsequently set Twitter on … Continue reading

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Can Facebook turn out voters?

A new study indicates that Facebook conversations have the potential to turning people out to vote in an election. A message sent by researchers may have triggered thousands of votes in the election two years ago, the study found. I … Continue reading

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