Voice of America Director David Ensor came to campus Tuesday to discuss how the VOA is operating in an increasingly globalized digital era and to answer questions from students interested in his career trajectory. The government-funded VOA provides programming in nearly 50 languages to more than 45 countries. It reaches more than 172 million people a week, Ensor said, calling it “what is probably one of the most influential news organizations in the world.” Read more.
M.A. student Mike Hower gives a first-hand account of his research trip to Nairobi, Kenya with Professor Steven Livingston to visit Primoz Kovacic, MA '14, who runs a social enterprise called Spatial Collective. The organization is developing an app that allows communities to use GPS to identify problems and crowdsource solutions. In other words: Professor Livingston’s research in action. Read more.
The J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund supports an SMPA program that Professor Shanahan (1943-2014) cared about deeply and worked on extensively: student internships. The Fund permits SMPA students to pursue and benefit from enriching summer internship experiences that they otherwise might not be able to afford. Awarded in the spring to rising GW seniors pursuing journalism majors or minors, it supports an internship experience in the summer after junior year with an established media organization. Learn more and donate.