How American University survived the financial crisis

When people think of the 2008 financial crisis, certain companies come to mind: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and AIG. But what about an institution that was not greatly damaged by or a casualty of the economic collapse; one that managed to emerge from the crisis virtually unscathed? While other institutions struggled…

What does it take for a newspaper to survive?

With the rise of web portals, blogs and Twitter, who needs newspapers? The evidence seems to point increasingly toward one answer: no one. Newspapers across the country are watching revenues plunge as technology cuts the newspaper industry’s demand. According to the Newspaper Association of America, 2011 total ad revenue for the newspaper industry was down…

DWC profile: Jiapei “Afra” Wu

High school junior Jiapei Wu has traveled all the way from her home in Shanghai, China, to Washington, D.C., to find an environment more tolerant of journalism. “In China, not all news can be published,” Wu said. “A lot of things can’t be told.” By joining American University’s Discover the World of Communication program, Wu…