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Shawn Powers

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Shawn Powers received his undergraduate degree from the School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in the spring of 2003. While at UGA, Shawn focused his studies on the developing role of international law in global society, and was also a nationally successful inter-collegiate debater for the University's debate society. After graduation Shawn received a grant from the National Communication Association to teach debate, argumentation and public speaking in Eastern Europe. Upon completion he went on to work as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. where his research focused on issues of non-proliferation and counter-terrorism. Shawn is currently completing his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. His dissertation is titled, "The Geopolitics of News." His areas of research interest include: media studies, new information communication technologies, public diplomacy, the Middle East and political argumentation. Beginning in the fall, Shawn will be a visiting assistant professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication London program.

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Location: Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation: Research Associate, USC's Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School
Interests: All things media
Expertise: New media, political argumentation, media and democracy, international broadcasting, rhetoric
Affiliations: National Communication Association, International Communication Association.
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Journalism: None
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Topics: Social media, Arab media
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Address: Santa Monica, CA, 90401, US
Last Visit: Oct 9, 2010 - 1:18 PM PDT
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2009 - 12:32 PM PDT

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Shawn posted this story - Jul 24, 2009
Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 22, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Nice way to re-frame the conversation re: the future of news. As usual, it is very Jarvis-centric, but that's not necessarily a ad thing. Would be interesting to draw comparisons to changes taking place in other industries for a more well-rounded perspective.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 20, 2009
Shawn's Rating
2.8

Seems a bit like a PR piece for Genachowski more than anything else. Very little context. No mention of net neutrality, a key issue that the FCC needs to deal with moving forward.

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Shawn reviewed and starred this story - Jul 18, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Very good journalism. Probably the most in-depth look at the meeting that has largely been glanced over. And, given the importance of behind-the-scenes meetings in Arab politics, a very important contribution to the discourse on how to move forward re: the Arab-Israeli conflict. Would have been interesting to have a source from the Saudi side, though that would of course be quite difficult to get given the authoritarian nature and structure of their government.

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Shawn reviewed and starred this story - Jul 18, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Very good journalism. Probably the most in-depth look at the meeting that has largely been glanced over. And, given the importance of behind-the-scenes meetings in Arab politics, a very important contribution to the discourse on how to move forward re: the Arab-Israeli conflict. Would have been interesting to have a source from the Saudi side, though that would of course be quite difficult to get given the authoritarian nature and structure of their government.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 16, 2009
Shawn's Rating
2.2

Maybe I've missed something, but this seems to pointing out the painfully obvious. I think more could be written about the redefinition of bipartisan (away from votes and towards ideas), as it is a smart rhetorical move by the Obama administration that they will surely draw from to help the dems get more swing voters in 2010. Also, maybe reading the new amendments prior to publishing this story would have been a good idea, no? This is the problem when the MSM start picking up young, ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 16, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Great reporting. Simon handles a difficult and divisive issue with as much balance as one can. I would like to know more about the politics of the board, and some more background on the history of TX curriculum development. It would also be helpful to know how other conservative states have handled the issue, and if perhaps there is a better model for resolving these issues while avoiding obvious conflicts of interest.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 15, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.5

Interesting metaphor for the current state of affairs. I think that Krugman is a little harsh on the Obama administration and Congressional leadership; they really have been quite busy legislating and governing on a number of fronts. That said, his criticisms are fair from the perspective of a concerned citizenry: more needs to be done. On the jobless recovery front: some more data or expert analysis would have been helpful. Given that less than 15% of the stimulus plan has been spent, I think it is difficult to, at this point, say that it is insufficient since it is just now starting to make its way into the private sector.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 14, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.4

I'm not really sure what this story adds to the discourse regarding political parties and American politics today. It does a fine job of laying out the current state of the Republican party, and adds a bit of historical context to it, but that is all. I think that the conversation re: demographics could be expanded. How will the growing Latino population shape both political parties? Perhaps a quote or two from a representative of that community would be helpful. Ditto with the gay rights discussion. Andrew Sullivan would be a great person to chime in on the issue. Also lacking is a discussion of how new media technologies are impacting political parties and politics in general.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 12, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.9

Good story that leaves you wanting more information. Too many unnamed sources, though I understand why so few people with knowledge of the CIA's program were willing to speak on the record. I have a feeling the story could have used one more day of reporting to get more information, including a comment from someone in the Bush administration, but that the NYT wanted it in the Sunday Times. I also think that it would have been appropriate to connect the dots and reference Seymour Hershe's reporting earlier this year about a secret CIA operated assassination ring, as it seems to be quite relevant to the story. If Hersh beat the Times to the story by a few months, credit is due.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2009
Shawn's Rating
1.6

Wow. The article cites one person, Admiral Willard. There are also undocumented assertions: "The US questions China's nearly 20 years of annual double-digit percentage increases in its defense budget." Which part of the US government? Anyone in particular? No context: China's defense budget is nowhere close to that of the United States. No EVIDENCE is presented for the risk of a "limited" arms race. A quote from a Japanese or Chinese official would have been helpful on this question. Moreover, note that the title of the article removed the word "limited" from the quote from the Admiral, and given the lack of any other sources in the article arguing that NK's behavior was sparking an arms race, the title's accuracy is ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2009
Shawn's Rating
2.6

A nice synopsis of the Court's recent rulings, the article didn't really add much to existing reporting on and/or knowledge of the current Supreme Court. Also, the lack of historical context for the ruling cited really makes it difficult to take away much from the piece. Perhaps focusing on the pro/anti business aspects may have provided a more coherent and interesting story.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.7
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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 2, 2009
Shawn's Rating
2.8

A little boring, which shouldn't be the case when you are writing about two the funniest people on TV (and their TV shows). Could have used some experts talking about the historical use of parody and its cultural influences. Also of relevance is the conservative/liberal divide over the Colbert Report (conservatives and liberals take away very different lessons from the show, thus, it is hard to universalize the potential benefits of a parody-based news program). More than anything else, the article pointed out the obvious, without making the reader want to know much more.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.0

This article simplifies an otherwise complex issue in a way that is actually somewhat helpful. That said, public health reform is real complicated, so, in my opinion, longer (bigger) is better. Good read though.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.1

I think that a few of the statements made are not very well substantiated. Author could have interviewed neutral legal experts for a more balanced and contextualized story. I also think that more historical context would be required to understand the political consequences of the court's decision.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 24, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.5

Interesting and important story, though I'd like to know more about what else the California crime lab does and how it is funded in other states (i.e. if other states have a more efficient and equitable system). Also, I think the story could use some more background on the California budgeting process, which is a bit strange and could use some more scrutiny.

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Shawn posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 23, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.3

Terribly interesting story, I just think that we could use a little more verification of some of the claims from people outside of Israel (not that the experts aren't well-qualified, I just think a news story like this must be more balanced in the experts that it quotes). Perhaps a Persian listener, or an independent study of the radio service. Also, some more history and context on the role and importance of SW broadcasting could be helpful. Great balance to all of the web 2.0 news that has been popping up these past two weeks.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Shawn posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 23, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.3

Terribly interesting story, I just think that we could use a little more verification of some of the claims from people outside of Israel (not that the experts aren't well-qualified, I just think a news story like this must be more balanced in the experts that it quotes). Perhaps a Persian listener, or an independent study of the radio service. Also, some more history and context on the role and importance of SW broadcasting could be helpful. Great balance to all of the web 2.0 news that has been popping up these past two weeks.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Shawn posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 23, 2009
Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.3
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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.4

This is a terrific story, I just would like to know more. I find it hard to believe that the Taliban would leave hostages unguarded to the extent that they could literally escape by jumping over a wall. Also, the length of Rohde's captivity is odd--the article mentions the CBC's reporter that was kidnapped was released within a month after the Afghani government applied pressure on the Taliban. What made the situations different? I'm very happy for Rohdes, but the article left me asking more questions than it answered.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.1

I didn't find the evidence as compelling as the authors did. Would need more comparative examples and context to prove their point.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2009
Shawn's Rating
2.5

Poorly researched, poorly written. Interesting perspective, but the article includes a number of logical and empirical holes.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.6

Great article -- the Kindle is cool, but there are downsides. Manjoo hits the nail on its head.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 19, 2009
Shawn's Rating
4.3

Good for an interview.Obviously hard to get "both sides" of a story when you are only interviewing one person. Would have liked some tougher questions. Also, no discussion of technology's role is a bit disappointing.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.9
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