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USA flag on television

Emily T. Metzgar says the hype around recent changes to U.S. international broadcasting is "misleading and overblown." 

Jan Nowak-Jeziorański broadcasting for Radio Free Europe, 3 May 1952

U.S. international broadcasting, past and present. 

The Weibo app on a cell phone

Emily T. Metzgar on a Chinese-American internet tale.

Broadcasting Board of Governors newsroom

Emily Metzgar considers whether U.S. international broadcasting can serve policy needs while keeping its journalistic integrity.

Guests at Tokyo Disneyland, 2010/via Flickr Creative Commons

A recent book from Martha Bayles, a lecturer in humanities at Boston College, tackles the question of how American entertainment industry products confound official U.S.

For all the growing interest in public diplomacy, the field still suffers from a lack of specificity in use of the term. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it is a source of confusion. A look at the CPD blog demonstrates the wonderful breadth of issues that fall under the rubric of public diplomacy. A survey of peer-reviewed literature from the last five decades yields more than 600 articles employing the term – each with its own understanding of public diplomacy.

Last week, for the first time ever, there was a panel dedicated to discussion of public diplomacy at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Held in Washington, DC the conference, and this panel in particular, offered an opportunity for scholars to talk about the emergence of public diplomacy as a subject of study in the discipline.