News & Events

"Information effects lives."

November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving break Professor Steven Livingston and graduate student Mike Hower traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to research what constitutes urban sustainability an

Mike Shanahan

Remembering Mike Shanahan

November 24, 2014

We note with regret the passing of Michael Shanahan, assistant professor of media and public affairs, on Saturday, November 22.

Laura Shuey-Kostelac

Investing in Promise

November 13, 2014

“What are you studying” followed by, “And what do you plan to do with that?” are questions almost every student hears from the day they send in their undergraduate application to the day they recei

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.

Lauren Silva GWU School of Media and Public Affairs

Lauren Silva's Research on Media Consumerism

October 16, 2014

Thanks to the ubiquity and accessibility of new technology, the sources from which we get our news have transformed.

Leon Panetta GWU School of Media and Public Affairs

Student Reaction: A Conversation with Leon Panetta

October 16, 2014

A booming chuckle erupts behind my table where faculty and students are seated for a luncheon preceding “A Conversation with Leon Panetta.” I look up from my meal to see the former secretary of def

Catie Bailard, Democracy's Double-Edged Sword

How the Internet Has Changed Democratic Attitudes Throughout the World

October 13, 2014

Professor Catie Bailard spent almost 10 years building data sets, updating test models and writing the manuscript for her new book, “Democracy's Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citiz

Laura Shuey-Kostelac's MA '15 Intern Diary GWU SMPA

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Intersection of Media and Government

September 29, 2014

I arrived for my first day as an intern in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice amidst a flurry of activity, phone calls, and media arrivals.

Patricia Frier GWU SMPA Intern Diary

Patricia Frier's Salute to the Naval Academy

September 25, 2014

During the spring of 2012, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Office of Public Affairs in Annapolis, MD.

Leah Edwards SMPA GWU Doing It For Me documentary

Leah Edwards' Documentary on the High School Dropout Problem

September 17, 2014

Journalism and Mass Communication major '15 Leah Edwards hasn't even graduated from college yet and can already add "award-winning documentary filmmaker" to her resume.

Sarah Ferris GWU SMPA alumni spotlight News21

Reporting on the National Gun Debate: News21 Fellow Dives Deep into Hometown Issue

September 08, 2014

When I first heard about News21 last fall, I didn’t know exactly what it was.

Tony Fratto and Barbara Bradley Hagerty, SMPA Distinguished Fellows 2014-2015

Former White House, NPR Staffers Join SMPA as Distinguished Fellows

September 02, 2014

Tony Fratto, former deputy White House press secretary under President George W.

Kevin Frey, Journalism and Mass Communication Major '15

Intern Diary: Kevin Frey at Cox Media Group

August 28, 2014

During the summer of 2014, I had the incredible chance to intern in the D.C. Bureau for Cox Media Group.  Now the first thing you may ask is, “What’s Cox?”  Good question.

Marianna Sotomayer at the POLITICO Journalism Institute

An exclusive look at POLITICO from the eyes of a hungry, young journalist

August 18, 2014

The “POLITICO way” goes a little something like this: brainstorm a great idea, team up with the most influential people in the business, and somewhere along the line, create a lasting impact that f

Adam Conner and Neil Portnow

GW Alumni Association Recognizes SMPA Alumni Adam Conner and Neil Portnow

August 15, 2014

As part of Alumni Weekend this September, SMPA alumni Adam Conner, BA ’

The Terker Family, Terker Distinguished Fellows in Media and Public Affairs

$500,000 Gift Endows the Terker Distinguished Fellows in Media and Public Affairs

August 15, 2014

Bruce and Cindy Terker have generously created an endowment for the Terker Distinguished Fellows in Media and Public Affairs.

Women in Public Relations July 2014

Three Alumnae Named Finalists for 2014 Emerging Leaders Award

July 24, 2014

The Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) named Alexandra Dickinson, MA ’11, Sara Neumann, BA ’07, and Marcia Newbert, BA ’10 among the finalist for the 2014 

Alex Abnos

Alumnus Travels with U.S. Soccer Team to World Cup

July 10, 2014

For Alex Abnos, the trip to Brazil to cover the World Cup has been a decade in the making.

Brechner Scholars in Media and Public Affairs

Announcing the Brechner Scholars in Media and Public Affairs

July 09, 2014

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. He 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.

Ari Massefski

Front and Center at Hillary Clinton's LIVE CNN Town Hall

June 30, 2014

“So that’s the question: grandmother, or the possible first female president of the United States?”

Avra Bossov

My Experience at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders 2014

June 11, 2014

“Leadership is the ability to translate what you want to see in the world.”

GW Commencement 2014

2014 Year in Review

May 27, 2014

What a year it has been for the School of Media and Public Affairs!

Emily Thorson Staub Faculty Excellence Winner

Emily Thorson Honored with Staub Faculty Excellence Award

May 12, 2014

Assistant Professor Emily Thorson is the 2014 recipient of the Staub Faculty Excellence Award.