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Mariana Sotomayor

An Exclusive Look at POLITICO

Marianna Sotomayor, Political Communication Major '15, just completed the POLITICO Journalism Institute. She gives us a first-hand account of what it was like to spend 10 days with reporters, editors, and executives from POLITICO and other news bureaus who shared their wisdom on how to cover Washington beats. Among the things she learned: how to develop sources, become a policy expert, and write a perfect, attention-grabbing headline. Read more.

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Brechner Scholars in Media and Public Affairs Announced

Combined degree students Emilie Frank and Zinhle Essamuah were selected to receive the Berl Brechner Graduate Scholarships in Media and Public Affairs. Brechner is a member of the National Council for Media and Public Affairs, the SMPA Director’s advisory body, and received his BA in Journalism in 1968 and was the editor of the GW Hatchet. Thanks to his gift, each student will receive $20,000 in tuition funding toward their MA in Media and Strategic Communication when they enter the MA program full time in fall 2015.




Frank Sesno and Colin Powell
Sesno Interviews Colin Powell

Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno interviewed Colin Powell in Lisner Auditorium on August 4, 2014. Powell, a former secretary of state and GW alumnus, shared leadership advice from his new book, "It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership." During the interview, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, Sesno asked the four-star general: "When you were a kid, did you imagine all you'd achieve?" Read more.


Events   Centers and Institutes

Upcoming Events

SMPA Freshman Orientation
Sunday, August 24, 6 - 8 pm
Marvin Center, Room 302

Join us for free pizza and a chance to mingle with upperclassmen to learn what life is like in the School of Media and Public Affairs. Director Frank Sesno, Professor Kimberly Gross, and Professor Mike Shanahan will be on-hand to tell you more about the undergraduate programs and answer any questions. No RSVP required, but Class of 2018 students are strongly encouraged to attend!

August 27: Digital Campaigning: 2012 and Beyond

August 27: 12th Annual APSA Preconference on Political Communication

September 9: Covering the Midterm Elections

September 24: Webinar for MA in Media and Strategic Communication

October 15: Open House for MA in Media and Strategic Communication

October 29: Webinar for MA in Media and Strategic Communication

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