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. Edsall as the 2015 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellows in Media and Public Affairs.
Mike Hower with a group of young children

From Silicon Valley to the Silicon Savannah

December 19, 2014

By Mike Hower, MA '16

screenshot of the Colbert Report

Two Days as a ‘Colbert Report’ Intern

December 10, 2014
Four SMPA students went behind-the-scenes with Stephen Colbert at Monday’s taping.

"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 and how Primož Kovačič, MA '14, is using technology to solve some of the problems faced by people living in slums there. Before he left, Professor Livingston sat down with Director Frank Sesno to tell him about the trip.
Catie Bailard

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 Citizens' Views of Their Government,” which critics have called one of the first comprehensive analysis of how the Internet affects political outcomes worldwide.
Laura Shuey-Kostelac

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

September 29, 2014
By actively working with the Justice Department’s Press Secretary to arrange and carry out these events, I gained a true appreciation for the amount of planning and coordination that takes place behind the scenes and the important role of communications in spreading a federal executive department’s message.
Sarah Ferris

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

September 08, 2014
The gun debate has been important to me since December 14, 2012 – the day that my high school classmate took 28 lives, including his own, in my hometown of Newtown, Connecticut. As I watched funeral processions and news vans consume the streets in Newtown, I wanted answers. Can these kinds of shootings be prevented? If so, who should be responsible for leading that effort, and what can be done to protect people’s lives and their rights? News21 enabled me to pursue answers to these questions, and ask many more along the way.