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Not found in “BBG Media Highlights” but worth reading:

As Russian occupation of Ukraine expands — Voice of America Ukrainian Service lacks resources to update Twitter and Facebook, BBG Watch

Daily Beast and FT expose ‘Putin’s Crimea Propaganda Machine’, World Media Watch

No Voice of America correspondent with Kerry in Ukraine – no live online coverage of his just ended news conference in Kyiv, BBG Watch



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BBG Media Highlights – March 4, 2014
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— techPresident lists Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America as sources for breaking news, live blogs and analysis out of Ukraine.

— VOA’s Steve Herman finalist for the Shorty Award for social media’s best journalist.

— AP and Mashable note RFE/RL involvement in Yanukovych document project.

— Time for diplomacy. MSNBC interview with Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Rick Stengel.

— Internet, television or radio? EurasiaNet publishes a piece on the BBG’s media research data on Russia.

— To broadcast to Africa, you need to do it in the language of your target audience. VOA does.

— All Access Music Group and Radio World on the management changes at RFE/RL.

— All Access Music Group on Karen Kornbluh nomination to the BBG.

— “The station also includes news reports from all over the globe and many different perspectives, from Voice of America to Vatican Radio to news from the Communist Party of China.”

— Clinton documents released include some on RFE/RL.

— Radio World on Relay, a new liveblogging tool developed by the BBG.

— What’s next for shortwave? Radio World and Southgate Amateur Radio News note that the BBG is seeking comments.

Citations of BBG Networks

— New York Times cites RFE/RL’s Tom Balmforth, uses RFE/RL photos in Ukraine reporting.

— Deadly stabbing attack in China. WLRN and the Telegraph cite Radio Free Asia reporting on Uyghurs in China

— Bloomberg Businessweek cites VOA report on China’s position on Ukraine.

— Quartz notes that reading RFE/RL history of Crimea can make you smarter.

— Mother Jones cites RFA reporting on problematic smog in China.

— How Iranian media are reporting on Ukraine. Iranian cites Radio Farda report.

— Yonhap cites VOA report that North Korea has imported $63 million and exported $11 million in defense equipment.

— Foreign Affairs cites RFE/RL reporting on constitutional protocol not being followed in Ukraine.

— CNBC puts VOA story on bitcoins in its Friday roundup.

Of Interest

— What you can learn about the Ukraine crisis from RT coverage.

— WaPo opens tech outpost in NYC.

— What has “gone wrong” with democracy?

— David Satter on Ukraine.

— The linguistics behind internet memes.

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