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U.S. Department of State

Diplomacy in Action

Media Co-Ops

Media Co-Ops provide a small team of broadcasters – typically a reporter and a cameraman – an opportunity to report on the United States from the United States. Developed through their local U.S. embassies on topics of mutual interest, these co-ops enable broadcasters to travel throughout the country to interview the policymakers, activists, professionals and everyday citizens that will help them tell our story through their lens.

Date: 01/18/2017 Description: The Vietnamese News Agency (VNA) crew visited a consumer-supported food co-op in Maryland. - State Dept Image

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on the food-to-table movement— popular in both the U.S. and Vietnam — for its Media Co-Op, “Food Safety and Phytosanitary Standards.” At urban farms and consumer-supported food co-ops, the team learned how growers reduce the use of pesticides—a big problem in Vietnam, where legal and illegal pesticides have reached a crisis point. VNA traveled to Louisiana to profile Vietnamese immigrant shrimp fisherman and interviewed Baton Rouge’s Vietnamese community on coping with massive floods in the area.





Date: 01/18/2017 Description: David DeNatois - Deputy Secretary/Executive Director Pennsylvania Department of Labor, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation demonstrates adaptive technologies to Kyrghyz crew looking at People Living with Disabilities for Co-Ops with Kyrgyzstan National Public Television and Radio (KTRK) - State Dept Image

KTRK Kyrgyzstan “People with Disabilities (PWDs)met families and NGOs to learn about expanding medical care, education, and employment opportunities for disabled persons. At Mobility International, the team met exchange programs participants who are in the U.S. to learn leadership techniques. At San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the Blind, a staff member discussed her job as the first disabled Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to serve in Kyrgyzstan, where she worked with disabled children. The team visited the World Institute on Disability, Center for Independent Living, and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.




Date: 01/18/2017 Description: South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, spoke to Indian reporters about the importance of Foreign Direct Investment. - State Dept Image

Reporters from five newspapers in India traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to report on “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Ease of Doing Business in the US.” In a meeting with South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, Gov. Haley explained how the state embraces foreign investment and takes companies through every step of the process of starting a business. She stressed the importance of a strong infrastructure, building trust in the process and said South Carolina succeeds when companies expand.



Indonesia’s Jakarta TV Media Co-Op, “Climate, Carbon, and Peatlands Management,” visited a variety of ecosystems — mangroves, wildlife refuges, coastal areas, and forests — in Florida, Minnesota, Illinois and Washington, DC. They looked at how different communities from the Everglades to Minnesota prevent, fight, and manage fires in peatlands, a type of wetland consisting of decaying plant material. They explored a variety of angles including peatlands reclamation, regulatory processes and mining and harvesting for private and public use. During their interview with World Wildlife Fund Director for Responsible Forestry and Trade in DC, the crew heard that there is no quick and easy solution for Indonesia; however, finding a balance between economic developments and protecting sensitive peatland areas is necessary for the vitality of wildlife and humanity.

Date: 01/18/2017 Description: The crew flew over the Everglades, a tropical wetland region in southern Florida. - State Dept ImageDate: 01/18/2017 Description: The crew traveled to the Everglades to learn more about peatland management. - State Dept Image







Date: 01/18/2017 Description: The team learned about the Spruce and Peatland Response Under Climatic and Environmental Change (SPRUCE) experiment, which examines the relationship between wetlands and climate change. - State Dept ImageDate: 01/18/2017 Description: The team explored mangroves, groups of trees and shrubs that grow along the shore. - State Dept Image








Lithuania’s LNK TV Media Co-Op, “Strengthening Security” focusing on military and energy cooperation has interviewed USG officials such as Congressman Charlie Dent and Bureau of Energy Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary, Robin Dunnigan. Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), was interviewed at the FPC studios in May 2016. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the crew observed Pennsylvania National Guard drills with a unit that had recently returned from Lithuania.

Date: 01/18/2017 Description: The crew watched Pennsylvania National Guard drills in Harrisburg. - State Dept ImageDate: 01/18/2017 Description: Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), was interviewed at the FPC studios. - State Dept Image






Poland’s TV crew traveled to New York City on the “Wounded Warriors” Media Co-Op. Here, the team interviewed C.J.M.(Coco) Culhane, Esq. (pictured), the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project — a nonprofit organization offering free civil legal services to low-income veterans. Ms. Culhane discussed the importance of these services to those living with Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and substance use problems. The end of this co-op coincided with President Obama’s launch of the annual Wounded Warrior Ride at the White House.

Date: 01/18/2017 Description: While in New York, the crew interviewed the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project, C.J.M. (Coco) Culhane, Esq. - State Dept Image








Mumbai’s News Nation Media Co-Op crew did a standup at the launch site of the SpaceX CRS-8 Mission at Kennedy Space Center for their Media Co-Op on the India-U.S. Space Cooperation. The SpaceX rocket is owned by Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Motors. The rocket is taking a space habitat, medicines and vegetables to the International Space Station in order to see what astronauts need to live, stay healthy and grow food in space. This effort supports research for future missions, including those to Mars.