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Give a Gift, Jumpstart a Career

November 25, 2015

This fall, SMPA launched the Career Access Network (SMPA CAN) to enhance the value of an SMPA education by supporting experiential learning, enhancing professional connections, and creating community between current students and alumni. The idea for SMPA CAN grew out of the success of the J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund, which allows juniors in the journalism and mass communication major to pursue a summer internship at a news organization that they otherwise might not have been able to afford. The 2015 recipients of the award, Farida Fawzy and Nana Agyemang, had such wonderful experiences that SMPA's National Council recommended that SMPA expand the scholarship opportunities to include both the political communication and journalism and mass communication majors, creating SMPA CAN.

Sophie Ota

A Washington Experience: Opinions, Insight and Advice from Campaign 2016 Panel

September 04, 2015

On Thursday, September 2, in what was yet another amazing and uniquely GW opportunity, I attended “Campaign 2016: Personalities, Politics & Predictions” a panel discussion on the upcoming presi

John Lansing, BBG

Broadcasting Board of Governors Names SMPA National Council Member John Lansing as Chief Executive Officer

August 18, 2015

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S.

Nancy Pelosi

SMPA Hosts ‘The Italian Americans’ Screening with Nancy Pelosi

February 12, 2015

Southern Italian immigrants founded the town of Roseto, Pa., more than 130 years ago.

A Note from Professor Shanahan's Family

December 15, 2014

To Mike Shanahan’s students, advisees and Hatchet staffers:   

Shanahan with students

What I Learned from Professor Michael Shanahan

December 08, 2014

Professor Michael Shanahan passed away in November of 2014.

A Celebration of Professor Michael Shanahan

December 07, 2014

An overflow crowd gathered at the George Washington Univer

Journalist Bob Woodward in SMPA class October 13, 2014

A Lesson from Bob Woodward of The Washington Post

October 20, 2014

There’s a piece of advice that still guides renowned journalist Bob Woodward’s decades-long career as an investigative reporter: Go to the scene.

Chuck Todd, Moderator, "Meet the Press"

School of Media and Public Affairs Adds Impressive Roster to National Council

October 20, 2014

As part of the School of Media and Public Affairs continued efforts to expand and progress, Director Frank Sesno announced this month that the School is growing its National Council for Media and Public Affairs with an exceptional group of new members. Joining the Council are Chuck Todd, Sam Feist, Susan Smirnoff, Cornell Belcher, and Charles Minton. The new Council members—all leaders in their respective fields—will join the Director’s advisory board for the school and work to address issues affecting the growth and development of SMPA.

McCormick Felloship

2014 McCormick Fellowship in National Security Reporting

March 31, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity, an award-winning, non-profit, nonpartisan, investigative newsroom in the nation’s capital, is pleased to offer new or recent graduates of four journalism schools –

Tara D Sonenshine

Distinguished Fellow Tara Sonenshine to Give Testimony to British House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power

December 16, 2013

Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the School of Media and Public Affairs, will address the United Kingdom’s House of Lords “Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence” via videotape today at 5:15 pm London time (12:15 pm, Washington time).

Become a Media Mastermind with an MA from SMPA

September 17, 2013

Applications are open for the Fall 2014 academic year at the School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA).

Mikhail Gorbachev

SMPA Announces Event With President Mikhail Gorbachev

September 09, 2013

UPDATE: Due to health issues, President Gorbachev has canceled his US tour and is no longer com

GW Sophomores: Apply to become an SMPA major!

August 27, 2013

We're glad you're interested in becoming a major in the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA)!