Category Archives: State Department

The African Media Initiative Seeks to Improve Journalism

by Gabby LaVerghetta With so much attention being given to the dark side of digital media (think censorship, privacy concerns), it’s easy to become pessimistic about new communication technologies. Africa has a chance to highlight the good that information and … Continue reading

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Demonizing Iran & the Electronic Curtain

by Gabby LaVerghetta President Barack Obama in his Nowruz address to the Iranian people coined the term “electronic curtain” to describe the lack of access to online information in Iran.  (Please see “Iran’s Electronic Curtain” for more.)  Now, the United … Continue reading

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In the Freefall of Insecurity, Mexico Unsafe for Many Journalists

by Rick Rockwell What do you tell a young reporter with not much to lose (besides their life) who wants to run off and cover the Drug War in Mexico? This is not a hypothetical question.  This is just one … Continue reading

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Cross-Cultural Miscommunication: Jay Leno’s Joke & the Golden Temple

by Gabby LaVerghetta To make a generalization, Americans are pretty laid back when it comes to comedy. There are some lines that comedians know better than to cross, especially when it comes to race, but for the most part anything … Continue reading

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