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AU in the Media: 2/19/10

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Investigative Reporting Workshop Reports Generate National News

Investigative news produced or coproduced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop in the School of Communication prompted coverage by two national news outlets.

ABC World News Tonight aired a television news segment based on "Blown Away," the Workshop's report tracking stimulus dollars that are supposed to create green jobs in the United States. The segment placed the Workshop at the forefront of a national debate focused on exactly where the stimulus dollars are going—according to the report, 80 percent to foreign wind turbine manufacturers—and whether it will mean jobs for Americans.

A new partnership between the Workshop and PBS's Frontline came to fruition with "Flying Cheap," an hour-long television report exposing surprising truths about the regional airline industry. The report dug deep into the history of regional airlines and the details leading up to the harrowing 2009 crash of regional flight Continental Air 3407. Three AU students assisted with research for "Flying Cheap," which netted 20 percent more viewers nationwide than Frontline’s average.  American University and the University of California at Berkeley are the only two universities to partner with Frontline. (2/9/10)

OpEds and Editorials

A Look at Race in Adoption Preferences

In her opinion piece for The Root,  journalism professor Angie Chuang discussed race issues in adoption following growing interest in adopting Haitian orphans.. "The deep racial politics of adoption are mired in centuries of colonialism, as well as white paternalism over domestic minority groups and developing countries," she wrote. (2/9/10)

The Impact of Nelson Mandela 20 Years Later

Literature professor Clarence Lusane marked the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in an opinion piece for The Progressive, which was re-published in nine news outlets, including the Gainesville Sun, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and the Modesto Bee. "Given the multitude of difficulties that South Africa confronts today, it is perhaps difficult to appreciate the global jubilation that accompanied Mandela as he walked out of prison 20 years ago," he wrote.  (2/13/10)

Expert Quotes

Technology Creates Focus on a New Generation

Kathryn Montgomery, a communication professor, talked about the emergence of an even younger generation reliant on modern technology with USA Today. "[My students] tell me their younger siblings have different relationships with these technologies," she said. "[They're growing up with expectations of always being present in a social way — always being available to peers wherever you are." (2/10/10)

Gender Differences in Email

In a Valentine's themed blog column in The New, linguistics professor Naomi Baron talked  about the differences in how men and women communicate using email."It depends on the nature of the relationship, what you're trying to encourage, but I would expect that women write more than men," she said regarding frequency and in length. Baron added that women are "more social, more interpersonal" when communicating, whereas men "tend to be more informational." (2/11/10)

United States, Cuba Talk Immigration Amid Skepticism

In an Associated Press interview, international relations professor Robert Pastor discussed the air of mistrust between the United States and Cuba as representatives from both countries begin immigration talks "Expectations on both sides were perhaps too high, and as a result I think there is a lot of disappointment," he said. The story was republished by more than 200 news outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. (2/18/10)

How to Hire a Web Developer

Management professor Mark Clark discussed the necessary tools in hiring a web developer with Inc. Magazine. "In this economy, you want to look for people who can be flexible in the small business setting," he said. "You want people who are very interested in accomplishing things, rather than just filling a position." (2/15/10)

Journalism Students Need More than Writing Skills

Today, simply being a great writer falls short of the skills journalism students need to succeed. Now, they have to be able to write, design graphics, shoot and edit videos and photos, and take on a whole host of other multimedia platform skills Jill Olmstead, journalism division director at the School of Communication, told the Washington Business Journal. "There will always be a need for storytellers to gather information and boil it down," she said, a fact underscored by SOC alumnus Steve Dorsey, who nabbed a broadcast reporting job after he graduated in December 2008. (2/19/10)

Willingness is Necessary for Labor-Management Partnership Success

Robert Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, discussed his new study on the benefit of a partnership between labor leaders and managers on agency matters with Government Executive. "Both sides recognized that the focus on performance allowed the union to be engaged and the management to benefit from that engagement," Tobias said. "We believe if the parties really understand their role and are satisfied with their role, it'll be institutionalized and it won't matter when union leaders change or managers change."

A New President, Future, and Concerns for Honduras

William LeoGrande, dean of the School of Public Affairs, talked to the Christian Science Monitor about the United States' concern for Honduras as the country comes to terms with the political instability following a coup and subsequent election of a new president in January. "I think that Washington's acquiescence to Micheletti's coup government has set a terrible precedent for the Hemisphere," he said. "I have no doubt that other elites who have at best a tenuous commitment to democracy will try to replicate the Honduran example." (2/9/10)

Poor Economic Conditions Plague Yemen

International relations professor Edmund Ghareeb discussed the current conditions of Yemen in a Voice of America television segment. "The country is facing serious economic, social, environmental problems," he said, adding that the state of the country has produced ripe territory for terror groups. "al-Qaida has succeeded in recruiting some Yemenis," he pointed out.  (2/16/10)