What diplomats can learn from journalists

As a media landscape continues to evolve, a U.S. State Department should cruise bettering a open tact strategy. As an general family vital during USC, I’ve schooled a lot about open diplomacy, which, for a uninitiated, is when countries try to change abroad audiences to allege their inhabitant interests. As a millennial, we demeanour during

As a media landscape continues to evolve, a U.S. State Department should cruise bettering a open tact strategy.

As an general family vital during USC, I’ve schooled a lot about open diplomacy, which, for a uninitiated, is when countries try to change abroad audiences to allege their inhabitant interests. As a millennial, we demeanour during how countries use “soft power” tools, such as amicable media, and we can’t assistance though consider something is missing.

That’s where we consider a margin of open tact could take a page from journalism — my teenager during USC. As Americans have migrated to amicable media platforms, news organizations have had to adjust their strategies. Now, it’s time for governments to do a same.

In sequence for a U.S. Department of State to effectively rivet communities and allege U.S. interests abroad, it is vicious that a dialect entirely understands a user trust of a digital open tact strategy.

“The U.S. supervision is abominable during giving diplomats a space to use record as it is intended,” Nicholas Cull, a initial executive of a Master of Public Diplomacy module during USC, told The Foreign Service Journal.

Cull is describing a State Department’s muted open tact efforts, in that U.S. diplomats implementing unknown routine abroad with news media imagination are hindered by bureaucracy and difficult amicable media discipline when attempting to furnish innovative material. Subsequently, many U.S. diplomats use amicable media to simply post photos and state (uncreatively) what is going on in a photo. This miss of leisure can impede a efficacy of how audiences abroad devour (and perceive) U.S. news and information.

Philip Seib, a highbrow of journalism, open tact and general family during USC, also records in his book “Real-Time Diplomacy: Politics and Power in a Social Media Era” that record is carrying an outcome not only within countries though is also changing “relationships between countries.”

Reflecting on my trust producing news for amicable media and rising platforms for USC Annenberg Media, we have come adult with some tips for a subsequent era of diplomats.

1. Use sound information insights and amicable media analytics to know your audience. Looking by a U.S. Department of State’s official Twitter account, @StateDept, you’ll find an array of announcements, news and press coverage. However, if we are unknown with a department’s idea altogether or miss unknown routine knowledge, this comment competence not be a best or many intriguing source of information about a U.S. In an interview, Seib, whose unknown routine and news media category we am now taking, told me that diplomats need to effectively use amicable media to keep in hold with a public.

“As tellurian publics’ use of amicable media increases, so too does their clarity of empowerment,” Seib said. “They perspective amicable media as collection for two-way communication, and so when diplomats use Twitter, YouTube, or other such venues they should be prepared to serve rivet with a audiences they are reaching.”

Understanding your audience’s interests and demographics is many simply finished by profitable courtesy to assembly insights and analytics, that can be accessed by veteran collection such as HootSuite, Sprout Social, Simply Measured and a analytics sections that a amicable platforms provide.

Before we start digging around in a metrics, know what we wish to find out. Are we perplexing to figure out what media your assembly engages with a most? Which kinds of messages are resonating? Do we wish to figure out what is a best time to post? Do we simply wish to know who’s following you? Go in with specific lessons we wish to learn and be prepared to adjust your plan formed on what we find out. This will eventually concede for some-more cultivatable rendezvous with your audience.

2. Engage in two-way conversation. It’s some-more than only “liking” or “sharing”: It would advantage a altogether goals of open tact if some-more diplomats would actively rivet in conversations with their audiences online. After scrolling by a State Department’s official Instagram account, @statedept, we found that people using a comment do not like or respond to comments. Although some comments are unequivocally politically charged and competence not be estimable of a response, we am certain many supporters (who contingency have some turn of seductiveness in U.S. unknown routine if they are following a account) would severely conclude a reply.

3. Explain unknown routine in some-more conversational, easy-to-understand terms. While operative for Annenberg Media, we have found my niche in explaining general events and unknown routine concepts to a audience. we trust journalists, like diplomats, should communicate information to a open with a idea of expanding their audience’s trust and recognition of topics and pivotal issues. For instance, we crafted a twitter array on soothing energy by initial describing what it is, followed by examples by pivotal soothing energy experts. (Click/tap a twitter next for a full twitter series.)

Most posts on @statedept, a department’s Instagram comment we mentioned above, report a people in photos as “strengthening U.S. family with [country].” But what does that unequivocally mean? Seems like a good time to learn a open some-more about a tact process, as most as that routine allows, or to during slightest teach people about stream events.


When we lonesome a campus revisit of Taiwan’s former president, Ma Ying-jeou, on Instagram, we connected it to a stream eventuality and described what certain policies meant in hopes of providing my assembly with some-more information and context.


4. Follow digital broadcasting trends and incorporate them into your strategy. As partial of my work for Annenberg Media, we interviewed Michael Hammer, a career diplomat who was a former U.S. envoy to Chile. He explained to me how he demonstrated American enlightenment in Chile by posting videos of himself cooking American food — something that substantially seemed informed and engaging to amicable media audiences, with a recognition of amicable media food videos like a ones we see on Tasty.

USC Annenberg Media Center talk with Ambassador Hammer on soothing energy and a purpose of record and amicable media in U.S. diplomacy.

But when perplexing to be ~on trend~ it’s critical to do it thoughtfully, as a State Department’s @TravelGov comment learned a tough way in 2016 when it attempted to twitter about #springbreakingbadly.


After backlash, a State Department finished adult apologizing for a twitter series. If we wish to equivocate these mistakes while perplexing to float a trend, remember an critical amicable media principle: be authentic.

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