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A journalist in exile…

A story of a Russian journalist who had to flee her country, restart her life and career in the U.S., transplanting her family from everything that was familiar, and picking fruit and working as a cashier to survive. She was hardly alone in her exile…

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In the lands of intolerance, pop competition is just a big politics

Europe’s favorite song contest – Eurovision is the biggest pop competition and one of the longest running TV shows in the world. The annual musical contest suggests a model for European unity and traditions worth following.The themes of equality, diversity and tolerance have gained increasing traction in the politics of Eurovision in recent years. Sometimes, […]

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Inside Azerbaijan’s lobbying in Washington D.C. (VIDEO)

Lobbying is extremely effective on any democratic governance, including in the U.S. politics. Though politicians are prohibited from accepting money directly from foreign governments, it is believed that indirect funding may occur through domestic lobbyists hired by foreign actors. What this means is, regardless of what happens in dictatorships from Central Asia to the Middle […]

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Are Americans paying enough respect for Memorial Day? (VIDEO)

Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice — gave their lives — so that others would live in freedom. But, increasingly over the years more Americans seem to prefer staying in instead of visiting a National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Are there enough credits given to the armed forces? […]

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How to cultivate a niche community site until it’s self-sustaining…

(This blog post is prepared based on my university assignment focusing on successful journalistic entrepreneurs, especially on the example of the Great Lakes Echo. You can read my interview with veteran journalist and scholar David Poulson and some key takeaways on his wonderful experience as an innovator.) Veteran environmental journalist and scholar David Poulson says […]

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Liveblog: Mandy Jenkins on Social Media and Journalism

Mandy Jenkins is the Open Newsroom Editor for Storyful – a social news agency that distributes breaking news and community generated content. Jenkins spoke to the students of American University Interactive Journalism program on December 6 about Social Media and Journalism. Follow a liveblog of Jenkin’s remarks below.   Live Blog Social Media and Journalism […]

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Africa-focused Startups Pitch Their Companies in Diaspora Demo Competition

Investors, entrepreneurs and African diaspora members gathered today at World Bank’s Preston Auditorium for the Diaspora Demo Day competition where more than two dozen of Africa-focused startups presented their companies. The event marked a great space to network and build relationships for nonprofit where investors offered key insights on pitching. “This is the largest gathering […]

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Tweet or treat?

Authoritarian leaders don’t just hate social media. They also use it as a tool for silencing activists, spreading propaganda   Arzu Geybulla, a journalist and blogger in Turkey, says she wasn’t entirely surprised when she became a subject of an intimidation campaign on social media on an October night. “When you have a voice and […]

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How the Broadcast Newsrooms Work?

Matt Glassman is assistant news director for NBC4 Washington and an adjunct professor of journalism at American University. He spoke to our class this afternoon about engaging broadcast media, including writing for broadcast news, re-formatting broadcast stories for the Internet, and behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a broadcast newsroom.  At NBC, […]

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