April tours Voice of America headquarters in the Wilbur J. Cohen Building, Washington, D.C.
“When I first started working for the Office of Digital & Design Innovation, I was given a tour of VOA headquarters by one of my supervisors. It was great to get a historical perspective of the agency and to see the Cold War-era building it is housed in (that still has rooms that were used as potential nuclear fallout shelters and beautiful vintage brass escalators), and to meet and interview interesting on-air staff, editors and producers.
Getting an overall feeling for how each department operated separately and then together helped shape my perspective on what ODDI’s role is to facilitate the use of innovative technologies to reach different global populations. I’ve learned that the strategy behind what appears to be a simple production to the public can go far deeper and be far more intellectual than what an information consumer may realize. The BBG is unique because it uses research to localize social media for its many global audiences.”
April Deibert is a contractor working on multimedia blogging and production for the Office of Digital and Design Innovation. You can find some of her work on their website.