/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Public Relations and Advertising

Press, Politics and Private Ownership: Comparing Global Media Systems

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The nature of a country’s media cannot be divorced from its political, cultural or historical context. Comparing media systems provides an opportunity to understand how different nations view the role of the press, journalism and information distribution. Types of Media Systems Below are a few of the most common and influential media systems. Polarized Pluralist… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Managing Creative People: A Beginner’s Guide

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Successfully leading a team is a challenge for any manager. When that team is composed of creative people, this responsibility can sometimes seem daunting. A “creative” is anyone who makes new things or thinks of new ideas, Merriam-Webster explains. By this definition, far more employees are “creatives” than one might imagine, from writers and musicians… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

5 Reasons Why Companies Go Public

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If a privately owned company is successful enough, it may have the opportunity to turn public. This decision is a monumental one. “Going Public” means a company will be able to sell stocks and shares, significantly expanding its growth potential. However, the company will also be subject new rules and concerns regarding its operations. These… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Going Public: The IPO Process

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Initial public offerings, or IPOs, are a truly significant benchmark in the life of a company. IPOs are the means by which a company transitions from a private status to a public one, thus enabling it to sell stocks and shares. Doing so translates into the company acquiring increased funds and liquidity: in other words,… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Criminal Justice

Closing the Dark Net: The Story Behind the Silk Road Busts

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When the FBI arrested Silk Road founder and operator Ross Ulbricht, the online marketplace for illegal drugs had already hosted exchanges worth $1.2 billion, according to The Washington Post. Considered one of the darkest corners of the internet, Silk Road and its successor, Silk Road 2.0, showcase how present the black market remains in society…. Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Criminal Justice

The New Black Market: Understanding the Underground Economy

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The underground economy, or black market, encompasses all off-the-books or unlicensed activities that make money. It’s a shadow economy of informal transactions that go untaxed. Law enforcement and security professionals play an important role in fighting the crime and illegal activity occurring in the underground economy. What Is the Black Market? According to Investopedia, black… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Information Technology

The Importance of Corporate Data Security and Privacy

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The amount of information that companies must keep secure is increasing. As a result of technological advances, companies are constantly gaining more data about their clients and customers. They must ensure that data security and privacy remain a priority to protect against costly breaches. Origin of Data Security Threats The truth is that most data… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Information Technology

Six Web Design Trends Users Love

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Web design trends are constantly changing. Web designers strive to provide an optimal user experience through a variety of techniques. These six web design trends are examples of the latest best practices. Quicker Navigation, Simpler Websites One-fourth of users abandon a website after four seconds of loading time, according to Kissmetrics. To avoid users leaving… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Education

6 Effective Strategies for Teaching Adults

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Adult enrollment in higher education grew by more than 50 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. This trend shows that today’s educators and corporate trainers must adapt to the different needs, learning styles and challenges presented by teaching adult students. By understanding adult students, you can become a better… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Information Technology

Internet for All: Web Accessibility Standards for People with Disabilities

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Since its inception, the internet has been praised as an inclusive place. Unfortunately, many websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities, making it difficult to find information online. However, web accessibility for people with disabilities is becoming a greater priority, both in the government and private sector. What Is Web Accessibility? The World Wide Web Consortium’s… Read more »