Digital Journal Op-Ed: VOA and U.S. Public Diplomacy Failed on Obama-Malala Meeting

While BBC, The Washington Post and other international and U.S. media used this photo, the Voice of America (VOA), U.S. taxpayer-funded media outlet for international audiences, did not. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House Photo Obama-MalalaVoice of America (VOA) and U.S. public diplomacy failed to take full advantage of President Obama’s meeting Friday with teenage Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai. The VOA newsroom and the VOA web team were alerted to the White House meeting by a VOA correspondent and given all the information well ahead of time but failed to post a comprehensive and journalistically solid news story. But Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) did a good job.

Read more: Digital Journal Op-Ed: VOA and U.S. Public Diplomacy Failed on Obama-Malala Meeting. By Ted Lipien, CUSIB.

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