In a first-ever event on the internet, our group of seven (one couldn't make it) Egyptian bloggers conducted a “virtual” interview with the head of U.S. public diplomacy on January, 12.
The encounter with James Glassman, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, took place in a new Virtual Newsroom created in the internet community Second Life, for the Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research at The (AUC). Here are some highlights:
The full internet broadcast of the James Glassman dialogue with Egyptian bloggers in the Adham Center’s new Virtual Newsroom can be viewed online at: http://slcn.tv/node/2538.
For those who don't know, Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual world. Individuals from around the world can gather virtually to meet and discuss issues. They appear in the form of 3-D cartoon-like avatars and can converse via audio or text.
To facilitate the use of Second Life for Arab journalists and bloggers, the Adham Center has commissioned a Virtual Newsroom where newsmakers can hold briefings and journalists from around the world can meet informally to share ideas.