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J. Michael Shanahan

J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund

February 23, 2015

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.

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.

Manheim Sterling Winners 2015

Twitter’s Role in Political Communication and Social Activism

February 06, 2015

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.

SMPA Shapiro Fellows

NPR TED Radio Hour Host and New York Times Columnist Join SMPA as Shapiro Fellows

January 08, 2015

Spring semester marks the arrival of seasoned journalists Guy Raz and Thomas B.

Mike Hower in Nairobi, Kenya

From Silicon Valley to the Silicon Savannah

December 19, 2014

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.

A Note from Professor Shanahan's Family

December 15, 2014

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

Brianna Gurciullo

Brianna Gurciullo Selected for News21 Fellowship

December 15, 2014

Senior journalism major Brianna Gurciullo was selected as a 2015 News21 Fellow.

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

Anna Sumi

Sophomore Anna Sumi Named Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader for Food Security Fellow

December 05, 2014

Political Communication Major Anna Sumi is taking global food issues he

"Information affects 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