Category: College of Communication

Baker, Coakley square off Monday at The Hanover

October 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The two leading candidates for governor, Democrat Martha M. Coakley and Republican Charles D. Baker Jr., will square off at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Monday in the city’s first gubernatorial debate in 12 years…

Expert quote:

“At the current time, most people just don’t have much interest in debates. I think most of the people watching fall into the political junkie category, and they’ve pretty much made up their minds.”

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BU Event: Award Winning German Filmmaker, Author, and Cultural Nomad Marten Persiel at Boston University

October 24th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, News Releases 0 comments


CONTACT: Margaret Waterman, or 617-353-2240


We are pleased to announce that the BU Arts Initiative, the BU Center for the Study of Europe, and the Goethe-Institut Boston have collaborated to bring German filmmaker, author, and cultural nomad, Marten Persiel to Boston University on Thursday, November 6th and Friday, November 7th to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Persiel studied “Mixed Media Art” at the Portsmouth University and directing at the Westminster University in London. He is the director and writer of numerous commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including the award winning film, “This Ain’t California” which will be shown on campus on Friday, November 7th at 7:00pm, presented in collaboration with the BU College of Communications Cinematheque program.  The screening will be held in room 101 of the College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave. Boston.

“This Ain’t California” has been invited to numerous international film festivals, having won several awards, and has been screened in countries around the world, including Canada, Australia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and the US. This “hybrid-documentary” about the skater sub-culture of the GDR prior to the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has “had quite different reactions” in different countries, says Persiel, “but somehow the free-spirited atmosphere that the film tries to portray always rang a bell with people.”

In addition to the screening, Persiel will participate in a panel discussion, “Lost in Unification” with Agata Pyzik, author of Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West and Igor Lukes, Professor of History & International Relations at Boston University and Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic, on Thursday, November 6th at 5:00pm at the Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston. And, the Boston and BU skateboarding communities will gather with Persiel on Friday, November 7th at 5:00pm at Cummington Mall for “Jump the Wall”, a High Ollie skateboarding contest, co-sponsored by THuRO Skate Shop of Brookline.

All events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required (skateboarders must sign a waiver to compete). More information is available at: or

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Contact: BU Arts Initiative
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 368-0727

While Polls Show Mass. Governor’s Race Too Close To Call, Twitter Data Shows Clear Leader

October 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Jacob Groshek, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR 0 comments

By Jacob Groshek, College of Communication

The race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker appears all but tied going into the final two weeks of the 2014 gubernatorial campaign…

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Casino backers spending heavily on TV ads

October 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Pro-casino television ads by an industry -backed political group have run nearly 3,000 times on local broadcast stations, while underfunded gambling opponents have so far been unable to run even one television ad defending casino repeal, Question 3…

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“For many people, if it isn’t in their backyard they don’t care.”

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Ben Bradlee, legendary editor, dies at 93

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Al Jazeera America, Chris Daly, College of Communication, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chris Daly, College of Communication

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who was a confidant of one president and helped force the resignation of another, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes, the newspaper announced. He was 93…

Expert quote:

“But I would ask: Wasn’t that just what he was supposed to do? Judged by the standards of the times, Ben was guilty of nothing more than being lucky.”

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Governor’s council races draw challengers

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

A total of 13 people are running for seats on the Governor’s Council — two-year, part-time jobs that have access to the state’s most powerful politician and a final say over which judges are appointed to the bench…

Expert quote:

“It served a purpose during the Colonial era, but since then it’s basically become a patronage ground. It would be a pleasant anachronism if it didn’t cost the taxpayers money or have the power to affect judicial appointments.”

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Spending On 2014 Campaign Ads On Track To Exceed $1 Billion

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Spending on political ads this election cycle is on track to exceed $1 billion, according to a new study by the Wesleyan Media Project. That translates into roughly two million ads in House, Senate and gubernatorial races…

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Schools’ shoe deals make for long-lasting ads

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

A 30-second commercial at this year’s Super Bowl will cost an advertiser $4.5 million, and if you get up from your couch, you might miss it…

Expert quote:

“When you sponsor a team, you’ve got essentially six or seven months where you can get exposure, where the brand can associate itself with that team. And as ESPN or any local network broadcasts the game, it’s exposure to not just the fans in the arena, but the fans on TV.”

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Putin’s power play in detainments over journalism workshop

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Joe Bergantino, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Joe Bergantino, College of Communication

Dear Mr. Putin,

Was it really necessary to replay a scene from a tired, old Cold War movie?…

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New Hampshire has become a land of political ads

October 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

It’s a small state, best known for its beautiful natural landscape, its “Live Free or Die” libertarian ethos, and its first-in-the-nation presidential primaries…

Expert quote:

“You’ve got the Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea voice-over, you’ve got the grainy black-and-white photos, you’ve got the terrible sounding information — people tend to tune that stuff out,.”

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