News & Events

Zinhle Essamuah

'Hands Up': SMPA Student’s Film Puts a Lens on Black Lives Matter

September 02, 2015

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.

Chris Evans

Intern Diary: Chris Evans with White House Digital Media

August 20, 2015

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, Chief Political Correspondent CNN

Dana Bash, BA ’93, Named CNN Chief Political Correspondent

August 18, 2015

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.

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.

Professor Nikki Usher

Professor Usher Wins Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Young Scholar Award

August 05, 2015

Professor Nikki Usher was awarded the 2015 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Young Scholar Award today.

Mike Valerio after winning two local Emmy awards in 2015

Career in Local News Leads to Emmy-Winning Success for Recent SMPA Alumn

July 31, 2015

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

Jason Osder

Jason Osder's 'Let the Fire Burn' Highlighted on 30th Anniversary of MOVE Bombings

May 20, 2015

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.

Albert May

Professor Albert May to Retire This Year

April 24, 2015

Professor Albert May, who has taught at SMPA since 1997, will be retiring after this semester.

Shanahan winners 2015

The 2015 J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund Recipients

April 18, 2015

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

Senior Marianna Sotomayor is the First Recipient of the GW-WHCA Scholarship

April 17, 2015

Marianna Sotomayor is the inaugural recipient of the new George Washington University-White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) scholarship.

Myles Goldman

Myles Goldman, PCM '15, at Sage Communications

April 09, 2015

I have Metro’s Silver Line to thank for my public relations internship at Sage Communications.

Matthew Hindman

Associate Professor Matthew Hindman's Research on Newspapers and Online Audience Growth

April 09, 2015

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.

Mason McAllister

To Professor Mason McAllister, Thank You

April 08, 2015

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

Caroline Ayes, CCAS BA ’13

SMPA Alumna Making Strides in Morocco

March 31, 2015

Many SMPA alumni have made a name for themselves here in the States.

Students at Career Quest 2015

Students Take Strides toward Success with GW Career Quest

March 17, 2015

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.

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