The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is an independent agency of the U.S. government that runs news agencies around the world through the below networks:
- Voice of America
- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
- Radio Free Asia
- Middle East Broadcasting Networks – Al Hurra & Radio Sawa
- Office of Cuba Broadcasting
These news agencies provide independent, timely, and accurate reporting in more than 60 languages with the mission to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. American Spaces’ computers should have bookmarks to local USAGM news sites and consider using USAGM videos and articles for current event clubs.
USAGM Online Resources
News clips and short documentaries – https://www.usagmdirect.com/
- USAGM posts the majority of its video content and articles on this aggregate site with good search features.
- These videos are great for intermediate and advanced English clubs, current event clubs, and thematic discussion.
- This site also contains local articles and videos in local languages.
- Visit VOA Experts database to select a speaker. (If you can’t find a specific speaker, you can still make a request as long as you provide VOA with a very specific topic.)
- Consult with your Embassy or Consulate on the topic of the presentation, the speaker, and the audience you want to reach.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org copying the Embassy or Consulate with the topic, the speaker, the audience, and details regarding the event.
English Learning Resources
- Let’s Learn English – 52-week course for beginners; includes videos, transcripts, key vocabulary, worksheets, and lesson plans
- English in a Minute Videos – 1-minute downloadable videos explaining American English expressions
- Everyday Grammar TV – 2-minute downloadable videos explaining grammar used in American English
- Let’s Learn English Textbook (PDF 153.5 MB) – This 600 page textbook includes 52 lesson plans for beginning English language learners.
Programming Journalists at your American Space
- USAGM has networks of local journalists all over the world and likely in the country of your space. Many of them speak English.
- Consult with the Embassy/Consulate Public Affairs Section (PAS) about inviting these journalists to conduct current events clubs, journalism ethics training, or technical journalism skills, such as photography or videography.
- Also, consider having an open house day for press to learn more about your American Space. Again, consult with the Embassy or Consulate Public Affairs Section, as they can help you on possible press engagement.