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Cheryl W. Thompson

Cheryl W. Thompson Named National Association of Black Journalists Educator of the Year

May 26, 2017

Thompson says the award is "validation" for the time she spends developing future journalists and mentoring students outside the classroom.

Dana Bash and Frank Sesno address students

SMPA Awards $124,000 to Students in 2016–2017

May 07, 2017

Over $100,000 in was awarded at the Annual SMPA Awards Night which featured remarks from CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash (BA '93). Professors, members of the SMPA National Council, and other friends of SMPA were on hand to celebrate outstanding SMPA students.

Carl Bernstein at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Students Reflect on White House Correspondents' Dinner Experience

May 06, 2017

Sixteen SMPA students were selected to attend the annual First Amendment celebration with CNN, Yahoo! News and as a GW-WHCA scholarship recipient.

Cornell Belcher

Democratic Pollster Talks about Race and Politics

March 24, 2017

Cornell Belcher, a member of the National Council for Media and Public Affairs, discussed his new book, “A Black Man in the White House,” in which he argues that the Obama presidency triggered a rise in racial-aversion that was evident in the 2016 election.

Gwen Ifill and Imani Cheers at the 2012 PBS NewsHour holiday party

Remembering Gwen Ifill at the School of Media and Public Affairs

November 18, 2016

When students comment on how much of a mentor I am to them, the truth is, I got it all from Gwen. When an editor comments on how powerful my stories are, the truth is, I got it all from Gwen. She set the bar so high that I’ve spent most of my 16-year career just trying to orbit her atmosphere. Gwen was the best, and by sheer example, she inspired everyone around her to be their best.


Are You the Next News21 Fellow?

September 16, 2016

SMPA is partnering with Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication this year to bring SMPA majors an exclusive opportunity – the News21 Fellowship.

Jason Rezaian headshot

SMPA Welcomes New Terker Distinguished Fellow

August 25, 2016

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian joins the School of Media and Public Affairs as the 2016-2017 Terker Distinguished Fellow in Media and Public Affairs.

Chuck Todd, SMPA Silver Anniversary

SMPA Celebrates Silver Anniversary

May 10, 2016

By Menachem Wecker, for GW Today

SMPA Awards Night 2016

SMPA Awards $122,700 to Students

April 14, 2016

On April 13, 2016 students, faculty, alumni and friends celebrated Awards Night at School of Media and Public Affairs. Director Frank Sesno and Professor Steven V.

Matt Dallek, Amy Entelis, Dana Bash and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend discuss the 1960 presidential election.

GW Revisits Kennedy-Nixon Election

April 04, 2016

By James Irwin

Alumnus Establishes a Kwittken Fund for Strategic Communication Internships and Mentoring

March 01, 2016

The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) announced today that Aaron Kwittken, B.A. ’92, established the Kwittken Fund for Strategic Communication Internships and Mentoring with a $50,000.00 gift. The fund will support the SMPA Career Access Network (SMPA CAN), providing support for students who take unpaid or underpaid internships in the field of strategic communication and media. Up to three “Kwittken Internship Awards” will be given annually for the next five years. The Kwittken Fund will also provide for formal mentoring support for students to connect with alumni professionals and others working in the field.

Piggy bank wearing a graduation cap

Apply for SMPA Money!

February 19, 2016

Although it’s only February, the end of the Spring Semester will be here before you know it, so be sure to apply for FREE money from SMPA for the next academic year.

Give a Gift, Jumpstart a Career

November 25, 2015

This fall, SMPA launched the Career Access Network (SMPA CAN) to enhance the value of an SMPA education by supporting experiential learning, enhancing professional connections, and creating community between current students and alumni. The idea for SMPA CAN grew out of the success of the J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund, which allows juniors 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. The 2015 recipients of the award, Farida Fawzy and Nana Agyemang, had such wonderful experiences that SMPA's National Council recommended that SMPA expand the scholarship opportunities to include both the political communication and journalism and mass communication majors, creating SMPA CAN.

Sophie Ota

A Washington Experience: Opinions, Insight and Advice from Campaign 2016 Panel

September 04, 2015

On Thursday, September 2, in what was yet another amazing and uniquely GW opportunity, I attended “Campaign 2016: Personalities, Politics & Predictions” a panel discussion on the upcoming presi