Communication Leadership Blog
Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze: How Germany's largest news site is commenting on the death of James Foley
64 journalists, media assistants and bloggers were killed this year so far on their job, according to the German association "Reporter ohne Grenzen" (Reporters Without Borders) -- more than ever since its first published report in 1995. US reporter James Foley (40) was the 10th deadly victim in Syria this year. Almost 30 journalists have been killed there since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011. Julian Reichelt (34) has been covering wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria for years. He met James Foley occasionally on the job and always admired him for his courage, his curiosity, and his storytelling. Last year Reichelt was named Editor-in-Chief of Germany's leading news website BILD.de (www.bild.de) with 300 million page impressions monthly. He is based in Berlin. Here is what he wrote about Foley's death.
-- Florian von Heintze
Photo from BILD.de
Below is the commentary published today by Julian Reichelt, Editor-in-chief of BILD.de:
The death of our colleague James Foley, who was beheaded by terrorists, leaves us horrified and aghast. The way he had to die is sickening us.
I did not know him very well; we were not friends, but I knew him well enough to imagine what might have been important for him to say. Before him, hundreds of Syrians and Iraqis were murdered the way he was. Scornfully, barbarically. Helplessly, powerlessly facing death.
James Foley lived to report about these people: the defenseless, the overpowered, the nameless. It would have been important to him to remember them, too -- all those forgotten souls that lie in the mass graves of Syria and Iraq.
Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze shares insights about covering demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri
Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD, shared with CCLP the story of a BILD reporter who was wounded and arrested while covering the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. Below is von Heintze's personal introduction to the story:
Three German reporters -- among other American and international journalists -- were arrested last night while covering the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. One of the journalists is 26-year-old Lukas Hermsmeier from Berlin, who writes for BILD, Europe's largest selling newspaper with 12 million readers daily, and its website BILD.de with 14 million unique users and 300 million page impressions per month. Hermsmeier was wounded by rubber bullets and kept in jail for several hours. Here is what Julian Reichelt, Editor-in-chief of BILD.de, writes in his commentary in Wednesday's printed and online edition of BILD about the incident. -- Florian von Heintze
BILD reporter Lukas Hermsmeier was arrested while covering the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: B.Z.)
Florian von Heintze, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the German newspaper BILD, is joining the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) as a 2014-2015 visiting fellow.
While based at CCLP, Heintze will lead a series of programs examining media coverage of global events from different international perspectives. This conversation series will be presented in partnership with the Pacific Council on International Policy.
"Florian is a highly regarded newsroom innovator who helps lead one of Europe's top-selling newspapers," said Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director. "He brings a broad global perspective to CCLP and I am delighted to have him join our distinguished roster of fellows."
"I am very honored," said von Heintze. "I am looking forward to attending Center events, participating in the development of new programs and particularly taking part in your lunch discussions on the various ways international media covers the same story."
Published by German media group Axel Springer SE, BILD has more than 11 million daily readers. Von Heintze joined BILD as Deputy Editor-in-Chief in 2004, building on his extensive experience managing magazines and newspapers. At BILD, he focuses on both editorial content as well as strategic partnerships, working with advertisers and public institutions including Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the German AAA, and various schools and museums.
WASHINGTON - On the eve of the historic US-Africa Summit here, America's number one objective on the African continent is to start closing the gap with China.
That was the message from all three speakers at Monday's CCLP Communication Leadership lunch just a few blocks from the State Department.
"There is no place in Africa where you do not see China," said Ron Nixon, who has covered several African countries for the New York Times. "They are in every aspect of business. The U.S. is far behind."
Left to right: Ron Nixon, NY Times; Joan Mower, BBG; and Mwamoyo Hamza, Chief, VOA Swahili Service
Mwamoyo Hamza, head of the Voice of America's Swahili Service, identified a fundamental difference between American and Chinese initiatives in Africa: the U.S. still thinks of Africa as a destination for foreign aid, but for China, it is all business.
"It is no longer an aid relationship," Hamza said. "It should be a business relationship."
In international broadcasting, China also has grown rapidly.
"They are outspending us," said Joan Mower, head of development for Voice of America. She added that, checking into hotels around Africa, she has found they now feature three English-language Chinese channels.
The staff and board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy mourn the passing of advisory board member and distinguished fellow Warren Bennis.
A true pioneer who helped found the field of leadership studies, Bennis was part of CCLP from the very beginning, sharing his wisdom, guidance and insights at several gatherings.
We are profoundly grateful for Dr. Bennis's support and enthusiasm for CCLP's work, and his countless contributions as a scholar, strategist and leader over nearly four decades at USC. The university has published an obituary highlighting Bennis's achievements, as has The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.
In 2010, CCLP, in partnership with USC Marshall School of Business, presented a special program, Honoring a Lifetime of Leadership: A conversation with Dr. Warren Bennis, featuring Dr. Bennis, CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan and USC Marshall Dean Jim Ellis. The event can be viewed by clicking here.
Recently named director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project, Dana Chinn is a media analytics strategist whose teaching, research and consulting focus on digital analytics for news and nonprofit organizations.
As a faculty fellow, Chinn leads the Open Data LA project, a CCLP collaboration with the USC Price School of Public Policy that aims to promote public access to government data throughout Los Angeles County.
"Open data is a new aspect of journalism in the public interest," said Chinn. "It's a worldwide movement, but we're going to focus on how open data initiatives can address the unique needs of the greater Los Angeles community."
Previously at USC Annenberg she directed the Convergence Core Curriculum, which teaches students to report in print, broadcast and online. Her work experience includes management and consulting positions in online planning and operations, strategic planning, marketing and finance at Gannett, the Los Angeles Times and Media Insight Group. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and an MBA from USC.
Launched by USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) in partnership with the USC Price School of Public Policy, the USC Open Data LA initiative aims to promote transparency and civic engagement in Los Angeles, beginning with a survey to assess the state of publicly available city data in each of L.A. County's 88 cities.
"Open data is a new aspect of journalism in the public interest," said Dana Chinn, CCLP faculty fellow and USC Annenberg project lead. "It's a worldwide movement, but we're going to focus on how open data initiatives can address the unique needs of the greater Los Angeles community."
Open data is publicly available, easily accessible data that anyone is "free to use, reuse, and redistribute," according to the Open Knowledge Foundation. The open data movement gained momentum in the U.S. after President Obama issued the Open Government Initiative on his first day in office in 2009, encouraging a philosophy of "transparency, public participation, and collaboration."
By increasing collaborations between governments and entrepreneurs, open data may also create significant economic opportunities. A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute found that "open data can help unlock $3 trillion to $5 trillion in economic value annually across seven sectors."
LOS ANGELES -- "Let's be perfectly coldblooded about it," President Richard M. Nixon mused to Henry A. Kissinger. "South Vietnam is probably never gonna survive anyway." It was August 1972, and Nixon was worried about the inevitable collapse of South Vietnam after American forces withdrew. Mr. Kissinger concurred: "We've got to find some formula that holds the thing together a year or two. If we settle it, say, this October, by January '74 no one will give a damn."
This formula became known as the Decent Interval -- a period of time after a withdrawal that would be long enough for Americans to go from war fatigue to amnesia. Thirty-two months later, when Saigon fell, there was no chance that the American public would countenance military re-engagement. Indeed, congressional concerns over being dragged back into conflict even threatened efforts to address a spiraling refugee crisis.
Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.
The List Project has helped more than 2,000 US-affiliated Iraqis find refuge in America by partnering with eight top law firms to provide pro bono legal assistance, along with thousands of American volunteers that help resettled Iraqis with "everything from retooling resumes to finding furniture." The List Project has been featured on 60 Minutes, This American Life, and documentary film The List.
Prior to the List Project, Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Baghdad and then Fallujah as the Agency's first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city. He has received fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Prior to his work in Iraq, he conducted research on political Islamism as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. Born and raised in West Chicago, he lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his second book.
As a 2014-15 visiting fellow, Johnson's writing and leadership experience will be a welcome addition to CCLP.
Faculty fellow Philip Seib has been named the Vice Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, effective July 1. In addition to his role as a Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and a Professor of International Relations, he also served as director of USC's Center on Public Diplomacy.
Seib will use his 30 years of interdisciplinary teaching and research experience to develop more collaborations at Annenberg.
"Among my goals is to make sure that there is more common ground shared by the School of Communication and School of Journalism - that there is a real USC Annenberg presence," said Seib in Annenberg's announcement. "We have a lot of talent, and sometimes people are hesitant to cross lines between the two schools. I'm going to encourage people to do more of that crossing of lines."
Seib has researched the effects of news coverage on foreign policy, studying issues related to conflict and terrorism. His published books include The Al Jazeera Effect, Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy, and New Media and the Middle East.
"I look forward to working with Phil in his new role," said USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III. "I have already come to rely on Phil's good judgment and superior leadership and management skills as part of his past roles here."