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Entries from April 2011

Digital storytelling – On the hockey rink

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on Digital storytelling – On the hockey rink

Storify is a new digital platform that is great for integrating different kinds of media into one cohesive article. Check out how our reporting team utilized this tool to show all angles of this heartwarming story.

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Twitter…Nixed!

April 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Twitter…Nixed!

We all love Tweeting about our daily lives. What we think, we what like, what we DON’T like, what thrills us and what is going on around us. Especially, if that something going on around us is BIG.

The royal wedding that will be held this Friday, April 29 has put an end to that. No guest will be allowed to tweet during the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Kate Middleton.

A signal-blocking technology will be installed at Westminister Abbey to obstruct all cell phone usage, according to a Mashable.com article.

The royal family hopes that by blocking this technology, it will cut down on the photos and gossip about the wedding. There will be no annoying guests with distracting ringtones or iPhone camera clicks. And there you have it, one of the biggest bannings of social media in history.

Happy reading folks!

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Communication Chronicles 2011-04-26 20:06:32

April 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Communication Chronicles 2011-04-26 20:06:32

[View the story "Passing the Puck in Therapeutic Hockey" on Storify]

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April 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Storify

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Andrew Cards on Bush’s presidential terms

April 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Andrew Cards on Bush’s presidential terms

“He faced unprecedented challenges,” explained Andy Cards, when asked about Bush’s 2000-2008 presidential terms during a C-SPAN video conference on April 7, 2011 with college students.

Cards, a close friend of the Bush family since his time at the Republican National Committee, served as chief-of-staff for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. Both he and President Bush came into office without high expectations because the economy and national morale were not as high as they had been in the past.  Because of Bush’s “courage to make tough decisions,” however, they were able to “restore faith, confidence, and responsibility” in the American people.

The most memorable event that demonstrated Bush’s powerful leadership was September 14, 2001 when he spoke about the Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He remained “cool, calm, collected and objective,” and “tried very hard not to allow emotion affect his decision making.” He knew that it was his duty to preserve, defend, and protect the American people, despite how unique and lonely that responsibility is.

Cards ended the conference by explaining how history will evaluate Bush’s presidential terms. He said that Bush would leave a legacy in the War in Iraq because he “brought democracy to that land, which was a very important contribution to that country. He also declared “history will be kinder [to Bush] than current events.”

Watch the full video conference at C-SPAN.com.

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C-Span: Anita McBride

April 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on C-Span: Anita McBride

ANITA MCBRIDE knows that the position of First Lady is “probably the most important and most demanding unpaid job in the world.” McBride was the White House Chief of Staff for the first lady from 2005-09 through 3 administrations: Reagan, Bush and Bush. She appeared on C-Span last week to talk to college students, including George Mason University’s.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was the definer of the modern First Lady, says McBride, which means being an activist by using their voice and their platform for the significant social issues of the day.

Traditionally, the First Lady was seen as a homemaker and caretaker; McBride says that “the role of social hostess in our nation is very important; it’s important how we convey the use of the White House, not only to the Americans, but to our international visitors.” Even so, the role of First Lady has become more activist. The First Lady herself decides what social issues she takes on and how much she is involved in them, McBride says. “We expect First Ladies to be deeply engaged in the issues that they care about and issues that the nation cares about.”

The First Lady also humanizes the president in interviews by discussing the hardships her husband goes through and portraying the family side of him.

The job of First Lady is 24/7 but, as mentioned earlier, is not paid. Her staff, however, is paid because they are considered “staff of the office of the president of the United States assigned to the office of the First Lady.”

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C-SPAN: Former Chief of Staff Andrew Card

April 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on C-SPAN: Former Chief of Staff Andrew Card

Former Deputy Chief of Staff under president George H. W. Bush and Chief of Staff under president George W. Bush, Andrew Card’s job was to inform the president of information that he needed to know, not information that he wanted to know.

And when he needed to interrupt president Bush during his visit to Booker Elementary School, he knew the news was not any that Bush wanted to hear.

America is under attack” were the words that Card was so famously photographed whispering to Bush after the second New York City twin tower was hit by a plane hijacked by terrorists.

After initially believing that the first crash was a “horrible accident,” Card instantly knew who was behind these attacks.

Osama bin Laden.

Despite the shock of these tragedies, Card and Bush could not let their emotions get in the way of keeping the country stable. They needed to stay disciplined – in a cool, calm and collected manner.

Clearly realizing that the president was highly impacted by the situation, Card knew that Bush was focused on the unique and lonely responsibility of being the president of a devastated America.

Although Bush was in such a difficult position, Card watched him bring resolve and faith to the situation, something that Card admired him for.

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Tech Blog #14: Guest Speaker Rick Reo

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #14: Guest Speaker Rick Reo

David Lee, the co-founder and creative director of Projeqt.com, was supposed to be with us in class today, but wasn’t able to. Rick Reo, though, an instructional designer for GMU’s Division of Instructional Technology, was!

TBWA Worldwide, a part of Omnicom Group Inc., is a global advertising agency that sponsors Projeqt.

“We wanted to make sure that it was usable by people with limited Web browsing knowledge,” said an employee via Skype. “You don’t have to be a super designer to use this.”

Along with many other personalization options, one can use either a grid mode or a linear mode when designing one’s project.

A lot more information on TBWA can be found here.

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Projeqt – Interactive and Asthetically Appealing

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Projeqt – Interactive and Asthetically Appealing

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Role of First Lady Self-Determined, McBride says

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Role of First Lady Self-Determined, McBride says

Photo of the first first lady Martha Washington, left, and photo of current first lady Michelle Obama, right. (Photos are in the public domain.)   For those who wonder what exactly the role of the first lady is, you are not alone. First ladies wonder about that too.  “It was a demanding job, but it […]

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