Give to SMPA
Our first president, George Washington, envisioned a university that would prepare leaders for the nation. In the heart of GW’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences is the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA): a trailblazer in the theory and practice of political communication, journalism and media for nearly 30 years.
Making Headlines & History
Our formula for success is simple, yet sound. We engage students through a rigorous curriculum and programming to facilitate their intellectual advancement. We explore theories and solution-based practices in the areas of journalism, media, and politics. And, we empower our students, faculty, alumni, and community by fostering an entrepreneurial setting that encourages the exchange of ideas to create change in our world.
Ways to Give Back
The School of Media and Public Affairs is committed to educating the next generation of communicators by providing our students with opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond. Donors provide our students and faculty with the resources and experience they need to excel.
You can make your gift to SMPA in a number of ways:
By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University and with SMPA in the memo line, to:
The George Washington University
PO Box 98131
Washington, DC 20077-9756
or by phone, calling the GW Annual Fund at 1-800-789-2611.
To learn more about ways you can give back to SMPA, please contact Brendon Smith at [email protected] or consider giving to one of SMPA's initiatives.
Support Our Engagement
IPDGC is a leader in research, practice, training and innovative thinking in the areas of global communication and public diplomacy. The Institute engages in a variety of activities, including prominent events, research and workshops. It also hosts scholars and leading government figures, including several Under Secretaries of State. IPDGC is jointly administered by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Planet Forward is where experts and engaged citizens come together to find solutions to our shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate, and sustainability. A storytelling platform for sustainability ideas, Planet Forward curates the best ideas and innovations from scientists, business leaders, advocates, students, and government leaders.
The Project for Media and National Security brings journalists together with senior American defense and national security officials and experts. Over 50 news organizations are members of the Defense Writers Group which the Project convenes with leaders in the field to deepen Americans' understanding of national security issues. The journalists’ forum includes large national and regional newspapers, online outlets, international news wire services, magazines, and trade publications.
The Ted Turner Endowed Fund will fund a professorship of environmental media marrying Mr. Turner’s passion for the environment with the mission of teaching the next generation of journalists and media professionals to effectively convey the challenges facing our world. With the recent announcement of a $500,000 gift from CNN, the fund also will support activities that reflect Mr. Turner’s passion for environmental activism, such as a major annual event jointly hosted by SMPA and CNN focused on creative storytelling. Give today.
Help Us Explore
Trolls, bots — bits of computer code designed to augment social media activities — have emerged as disruptive elements in foreign and domestic politics. Through a robust team of faculty researchers, we are studying and responding to the disinformation problem. IDDP’s mission is to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces.
The Media and Peace Building Project works towards a better understanding of how new information and communication technologies (ICT) drive political violence and polarization and disseminates information and tools for peace-builders on best practices in the new information environment. The Project's three initial initiatives focus on mobile phones, political violence and peace building in conflict-fragile states; reconciliation in the United States; and peace journalism.
The Project on Ethics in Political Communication encourages students, academics, and practitioners to consider what, if any, ethical obligation political communication professionals have and to whom or what they have it. The Project draws scholars, students, and political communication professionals to examine and improve the ethics of our political communication by: publicly engaging the question of what, if any, ethical responsibilities those who work in political communication have, and to whom or what they have those responsibilities; identifying ways to put ethical communication principles into practice, and encourage political professionals to adopt these practices; and providing political communication students with an ethical foundation for their professional work.
Two SMPA students, one political communication major and one journalism and mass communication major, receive the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research prize each year. The awards allow students to collaborate with a faculty member, travel for research or reporting projects, or attend events to present a paper or project. This fund honors two legendary SMPA faculty members, Jarol Manheim, who led the creation of the political communication major at GW, and Chris Sterling, who brought media history to life with his booming voice and deep research on radio.