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Do Last Night's Debates Signal the End of the Press Conference?

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 4:27 PM

Color me cynical, but I was shocked by how many of my peers and friends actually tuned into the debates last night. It restored my faith in our society's ability to live in a democratic republic, to be sure.

But as I tuned in to the YouTube livestream and watched...

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Colleges: Ignore Technology Literacy at Your Own Risk

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 4:11 PM

Right now at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, students and faculty are under social media lockdown. The college has blocked access to popular social media sites on the campus network -- including Facebook and the social functions of its online course management system, Moodle....

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Ted Kennedy, Public Service and Our Collective Charge

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 3:03 PM

Not long ago, my great-uncle, former Senator J.D. Melcher (D-Mont.), shared a memory of Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy that I particularly enjoyed. It happened in 1994, after J.D. had left the Senate but was still consulting on the Hill, and Kennedy was the only one of a group of senators...

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A Soldier's March For Peace, and Why Social Media Really Matters

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 4:49 PM

When the second Iraq war started in 2003, I was in high school. I was worried about AP tests and choir concerts and college applications. I was busy but I did pay attention to the war news, partly because my dad was an Air Force officer who was just about...

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Beyond the New WH Council on Women and Girls: How We Define Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 11:04 AM

The announcement of the new White House Council on Women and Girls, to be spearheaded by Valerie Jarrett, caught me by surprise. A good surprise, but a surprise nonetheless.

As the co-founder of a nonprofit devoted to helping young women find their place in media and the business world, I've...

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