The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) is proud to support projects that educate and empower new voices through communication and research. These partners convene experts and thought leaders, train students with courses and workshops and keep SMPA and the George Washington University at the forefront of journalism and media as they evolve with technology and contemporary issues.
The Documentary Center
Since 1990, The Documentary Center has instructed hundreds of students in documentary film production and created multiple award-winning, nonfiction films. The Center is ranked among the top ten schools for documentary filmmaking and is one of the few educational centers in the nation that focuses exclusively on nonfiction film.
Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (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 American Communities Project explores how technology and economics are redefining the social, political and cultural fault lines of the United States. The Project analyzes those changes with a massive data library and a demographic/geographic breakdown of communities that attempts to increase our understanding of the subtleties and complexities of the United States at the local level. Award-winning journalist Dante Chinni directs the Project from the School of Media and Public Affairs and the group utilizes strategic partnerships with major polling organizations.
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.