Category Archives: Innovation

BBG Debuts New Open Source Digital Storytelling Tool

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors launched KettleCorn today, a new digital tool that will allow journalists to enhance, remix and share interactive web videos by combining audio and video with live web content. KettleCorn is built on the open source popcorn.js framework, adapting the previously Read more »

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Mideast Voices is Finalist for Online Award

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The Online News Association has named VOA’s Middle East Voices as a finalist in the 2012 Online Journalism Awards, which honor excellence in digital journalism. Middle East Voices was designed as a collaborative online platform, combining investigative journalism, crowdsourcing and social media technology to report Read more »

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VOA Starts Mobile Newscasts to Mali

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Washington, D.C. — Voice of America is now offering special daily news broadcasts for mobile phone users in Mali, where Islamic militants in the north have clamped down on independent sources of information. “Mobile phones are the single best platform to share news and information in Read more »

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New BBG Gallup Data Shows Dramatic Rise in Mobile Use in Nigeria (Video)

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Washington, D.C. — Mobile phone use across Nigeria has increased dramatically, and the media gap between Hausa speakers and others has narrowed, according to new data issued by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup. “The big takeaways today are the rise of mobile web Read more »

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New BBG/Gallup Research: Nigeria Media Use 2012, August 16

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ViewPoint: Dick Lobo on International Media

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International Broadcasting Bureau Director Dick Lobo has launched a blog called “ViewPoint” to share some opinions and ideas about international media. With an extensive background in both private sector broadcast journalism and as a public television executive, Lobo offers a unique perspective on the evolving Read more »

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VOA and UNAOC Launch App and Game Contest

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Voice of America is partnering with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the Education Arcade, and the Learning Games Network, on a global competition aimed at developing mobile apps and games. The contest, called Create UNAOC 2012, is now open for registration and will Read more »

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New Contest Results in Dozens of Innovative Ideas

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors sponsored its first-ever Pitch Fest to help drive and cultivate innovation through an internal competition of programming and technical ideas.   A panel of judges and broadcast executives selected four winners from more than 80 submissions designed to contribute to the Read more »

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Mobile Audiences Growing Fast, Security Concerns Keeping Pace

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As the adoption of mobile technology grows at astounding rates around the world, mobile device users in countries with repressive regimes face mounting challenges to their privacy and security, according to a report released today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Freedom House. Read more »

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VOA Rolls Out Learning English Wordbook App

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Learning English at home or on the go is now easier and more fun with VOA’s Mobile Wordbook app. The app, which adds to VOA’s expanding range of free language learning tools, is getting rave reviews.  “This is a great app!! Very easy to use Read more »

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