By Michael Biesecker, CNNMoney Staff WriterFor years, American University (AU) has been the center of a digital media industry that’s become a magnet for the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter.

It was also the subject of a series of controversies over the past year, as the university’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia, was forced to close its doors after the FBI reopened an investigation into the university.

As part of its ongoing effort to improve its image, AU President Teresa Sullivan last month appointed a task force that she said will work with industry leaders, academics and other stakeholders to improve the school’s digital presence.

The task force will also look into ways to improve communications, including by building new platforms and tools that will enable better, more diverse media and communications offerings.

“We’re working on a plan to bring all of our resources together and build a new platform, and that platform will be a platform that is built to allow people of color to be heard,” Sullivan said in an interview with CNNMoney.

“The goal is to build the platform that allows people of all backgrounds to have more of a voice and a more diverse presence.”

The AU announcement came on the same day that Google announced it was acquiring the University of California, Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley) digital media arm, Zoom Communications.

The deal is valued at about $20 million.

Zoom Communications, based in San Francisco, operates more than 100 newsrooms, including The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News and The Washington Post.

Zoox Media, based out of Chicago, is the company behind the “Zoom” brand, a term used to describe the way that Google uses its search engine to target ads to news stories and other content.

Google’s acquisition of Zoom comes after the company also acquired the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The latter three are owned by Univision, which is owned by the Spanish media conglomerate Mediaset.

Zoom’s digital content reaches more than 20 million users on YouTube, YouTube Red, Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo.

Zoop Media’s president, Tom Cagle, said in a statement to CNNMoney that the deal is a great opportunity to help our students and our alumni grow in new and exciting ways.

“We are looking forward to working with Google and other leading tech companies to deliver the best possible online and offline media experience for our students, alumni and students of color,” he said.

“I am also excited to see our team of employees working together to deliver this vision and create a better online community for students and their families.”

The search giant is a subsidiary of Alphabet, the company that owns Google, and it has invested $50 million in Zoom Media.

The acquisition will allow Google to expand its reach beyond traditional search and ad services.

In 2018, Google acquired YouTube for $1.5 billion, a deal that saw the video platform overtake Twitter for the second-biggest market.

In 2019, Google bought Instagram for $3 billion.

Last year, the Washington Post and the Washington Times both shut down as part of an investigation by the FBI into the school.

The investigation, known as the “Boehner and Company” probe, alleged that the university had used its ties with a former U.S. Congressman, John Conyers, to shield payments to employees who had worked on the congressional investigation.

In the wake of the revelations, the school said it would “investigate” the allegations.

Sullivan has repeatedly stressed the importance of diversity in her job as president.

Last year, she said she wants the university to become a place where people of different races and genders are heard.

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