In the News: Akande on Voice of America; Cross on social media in Ferguson; Ghana/WSJ story; Peaceful protest covered

| August 20, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Akande on Ebola’s Impact on West African Economies

In a recent interview with Voice of America, Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and professor of economics, discussed how the Ebola virus is hurting economies in West Africa.

“The economic implications of this Ebola virus are staggering,” Akande said, “because it’s on the edge of possibly shutting down the economic lifeline for the affected countries.”

Read the story and watch the video for more insights.

Cross on Social Media in Ferguson Protests

For insight on how social media is altering the landscape for protests like the ones in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis Business Journal turned to Remy Cross, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences,

Dr. Remy Cross, an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Webster University, has studied how domestic groups bring about social change using social media. He said the conversation and reporting on what’s going on online has translated to in-person action in demonstrations, cleanups and organization at a higher rate in the case of Ferguson than in other similar situations. He said that showed that people under 35 are moving from a passive to an active role in their community, using social media as a catalyst.

Read more at the St. Louis Business Journal.

Webster Ghana Wall Street Journal Article Hits the Trades

Webster University’s recent appearance in the Wall Street Journal is an example of how placements in major national media have broad, amplified impact. The story about business schools in Africa, with multiple quotes about Webster’s campus in Accra, Ghana, has continued to be referenced in industry and trade newsletters and roundups. The latest was as the lead item in the Aug. 15 edition of Business Education Week [PDF], produced by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

NPR Affiliate Covers Webster Students’ Peaceful Protest

NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio covered a peaceful protest about issues around the events in Ferguson. The event was organized by Webster University students, including senior audio engineering major Henry Coleman, president of the Webster University Chapter of the Association of African American Collegians (AAAC). The article said of the gathering:

The tone was decidedly relaxed. No tear gas or riot gear, just a handful of police. No worries about Molotov cocktails, just professors in sandals exchanging philosophical notes with students.

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