News & Events
From her resident advisor room in Mitchell Hall, Zinhle Essamuah, B.A. '15, could hear the chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot” echoing in the streets. It was November, and a grand jury had just decided against indicting a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
From the glossy admissions packets to the exciting first year orientation, SMPA students are continually told that their school is only five blocks from the White House. Well, it turns out they weren’t exaggerating.
Dana Bash, BA ’93, is now CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent. Bash, who earned her degree in political communication, assumes the coveted editorial role after more than 30 years with CNN.
Broadcasting Board of Governors Names SMPA National Council Member John Lansing as Chief Executive Officer
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S.
Professor Nikki Usher was awarded the 2015 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Young Scholar Award today.
Mike Valerio, BA ’10, a weekend and breaking news anchor in Richmond, Virginia, and his team at NBC recently won two local Emmy awards for their weekend news coverage in the DMV market—t he only s
May 13, 1985 was the day MOVE, a black liberation group in Philadelphia, was bombed by police. 11 people were killed, and more than 60 homes were destroyed.
Professor Albert May, who has taught at SMPA since 1997, will be retiring after this semester.
Senior Farida Fawzy and junior Nana Agyemangare the first set of winners to receive the J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund, which allows rising seniors 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. Both winners are pursuing careers in journalism, yet in very different ways and come from very different backgrounds.
Marianna Sotomayor is the inaugural recipient of the new George Washington University-White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) scholarship.
I have Metro’s Silver Line to thank for my public relations internship at Sage Communications.
Harvard Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014) and Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs Matthew Hindman recently published a paper on why local newspapers are falling behind in online audience growth and how they can fix the problem. Read more.
Our longest serving adjunct professor, Mason McAllister, has taught journalism and publication design to SMPA students since 1985 but due to health reasons, recently announced he will not be return
Many SMPA alumni have made a name for themselves here in the States.
A group of 39 George Washington University undergraduate and graduate students—including ten students from the School of Media and Public Affairs—arrived in New York City last Thursday for a whirlwind two days of networking with prospective employers. The trip was the final leg of the inaugural GW Career Quest program—a professional development experience launched by the Center for Career Services and the Career Services Council during the fall semester. GW Today spoke with SMPA Seniors Danielle Noel and Honor Williams about their experience on the trip.
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.
Does communication on Twitter lead to action? This year’s Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize winners Bailey Mohr and Zinhle Essamuah are taking a hard look at Twitter to see how people are using the platform for very different purposes and to reach different goals. Mohr, a senior majoring in political communication, is researching how candidates and organizations use Twitter to communicate with the public. Essamuah, a senior majoring in journalism and mass communication, hopes to uncover what the #BlackLivesMatter movement on Twitter means for the Black-American experience and dig deep into how black millennials reacted to the jury decisions and look at social media as form of activism.
Since graduating from college in 2009, I have found myself coming and going from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area—but mostly going.
To Mike Shanahan’s students, advisees and Hatchet staffers:
Professor Michael Shanahan passed away in November of 2014.
An overflow crowd gathered at the George Washington Univer