Making the News


Cheryl W. Thompson

Thompson Elected President of Premier Investigative Journalism Organization

SMPA associate professor Cheryl W. Thompson was elected president of Investigative Reporters & Editors, making history as the first African-American board president.
Nikki Usher

Women in Beltway Journalism Struggle to Be Heard on Twitter

A study by Professor Nikki Usher quantifies the challenges female D.C. journalists face on social media.


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Conversation Series

Sean Spicer and Frank Sesno


The Conversation Series provides a unique and exciting public platform where prominent politicians and leaders in the media discuss current events, public life, politics, the media and their personal take on the world around us. Host Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs and former CNN correspondent, anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, brings a topical eye and a quest for contextual understanding to these events reflecting 30 years of experience interviewing and reporting from around the world.

These events give students the opportunity to ask questions and learn from leaders from down the street at the White House and State Department as well as thought leaders in media and policy from around the world.

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