Chinese TV expands into social media, with new app – for reporters

WASHINGTON – Chinese state television has embraced social media as a tool to expand its influence, according to its top consultant in the U.S. Speaking at a CCLP forum here, Jim Laurie described CCTV's expansion into social networks. Laurie said 300 CCTV reporters worldwide will soon carry a unique app that, as soon as they file a report, simultaneously transmits versions to China's Weibo, which has 369 million users, and to its English-language Facebook and Twitter sites here in the U.S….

CCLP hosts USC scholars from across disciplines to discuss human trafficking

On April 19, Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Research Luncheon for the USC research community. USC faculty from across campus discussed the spectrum of human trafficking research and interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborations. Luncheon attendees heard from Rhacel Parrenas on her most recent book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo, and from Mark Latonero on his white paper, Human Trafficking Online: The role of social networking sites and online forums. Attendees also discussed the current legal definitions of human trafficking in domestic and international law, the pros and cons of…