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Are You the Next News21 Fellow?

September 16, 2016

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SMPA Welcomes New Terker Distinguished Fellow

August 25, 2016

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian joins the School of Media and Public

New Faculty

Debbie Cenziper and Ethan Porter Join SMPA Faculty

August 24, 2016

Two new faculty members who will enhance teaching and research in both journalism and political communication are joining the School of Media and Public Affairs this semester: investigative reporter for the Washington Post and author Debbie Cenziper and emerging scholar in political science from the University of Chicago Ethan Porter.
“We pride ourselves on the caliber of our faculty at SMPA,” said Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. “Our deep commitment to interdisciplinary education and harboring an environment of theory and practice are reflected in our choices for new faculty. Debbie is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has just published a new book; and Ethan comes to SMPA with an exciting research agenda focused on political psychology, public opinion, and experimental design. They will bring that insight, enthusiasm and expertise to our students.”

Hanna Cunningham

Intern Diary: Hanna Cunningham with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

August 23, 2016

As I searched for an internship for this past summer, I knew I wanted to work in a museum communications department. GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs is within walking distance of many of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., but I had another museum in mind. I found myself looking to Cooper Hewitt, a Smithsonian museum located along Museum Mile in New York and an institution that stood out to me for its incredible design exhibitions that challenge audiences and raise important questions. Cooper Hewitt’s Peter A. Krueger program offered me the opportunity to work with their communications and marketing department and visit other arts organizations in the city throughout my time in New York.

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Intern Diary: Thomas Falcigno with AARP

August 09, 2016

When people hear the company name AARP, they usually think of two things, discounts and old people.

Chuck Todd, SMPA Silver Anniversary

SMPA Celebrates Silver Anniversary

May 10, 2016

By Menachem Wecker, for GW Today

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SMPA Student Wins Top Prize in Journalism Contest

May 06, 2016

It’s always great to be recognized for doing what you love and on May 26, Sophie Ota, JMC ’18, will return home to receive the top prize in the 2015 Connecticut Society of Professi

Nana Agyemang, White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship

Nana Agyemang Receives White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship

April 27, 2016

Senior Nana Agyemang is a 2016 recipient of the White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship. The award, which was first announced last year, grants one lucky SMPA senior an opportunity to attend the annual WHCA Dinner and meet the president of the United States and first lady. The winner also receives a $2,500 scholarship to be applied to his or her fourth year. Starting with the class of 2019, a freshman will be awarded a total of $10,000—$2,500 per year for four years.

Steven Livingston and colleagues discuss new technologies at SMPA

Steven Livingston and Colleagues Explore New Tools for Transnational Advocacy

April 21, 2016

On Wednesday April 6, Professor Steven Livingston hosted a group of scientists and technologists at the School of Media and Public Affairs to discuss a cutting-edge technology:

Rachel Kliger

SMPA Student Named as Finn Partners-Widmeyer Communications Scholar

April 15, 2016

For the second year, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company, has partnered with George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) to provide the Widmeyer-Finn Partners Communications Scholar program to a student pursuing a career in public affairs. The recipient for the 2015-2016 academic year is Rachel Kliger, a second-year master’s student in SMPA’s Media and Public Affairs program. Rachel has been utilizing her SMPA education as a fellow on the Finn Partners Public Affairs team since September 2015.

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.

Professor Robert Entman at ICOMM Conference

Robert Entman Receives the Distinguished Scholar Award

April 08, 2016

On March 15, B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, Robert M. Entman, was awarded the International Communication Distinguished Scholar Award during the International Studies Association (ISA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The International Communication Distinguished Scholar Award is given each year during the International Communication Section (ICOMM) of the ISA Conference. It is awarded to a scholar whose work has made important contributions to the field of International Communication in the context of international studies. Any member of the International Communication Section can nominate a scholar and an executive committee selects the winner.

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

Decision 2016 panelists on stage at Jack Morton Auditorium

Decision 2016 Panelists Discuss the Upcoming Presidential Debates

April 01, 2016

Two gladiators step into the arena, dressed in their finest armor and ready for a heated battle. The crowd waits with anticipation as they prepare for combat.

Ariana Mushnick at her internship with Vox Media

Intern Diary: Ariana Mushnick with

March 31, 2016

10 years ago -- even less -- it may have sounded crazy that there would be a whole team dedicated to social media and audience engagement in a newsroom, yet alone a social media intern and most rec

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Intern Diary: Sara Dougherty with Jamestown Associates

March 18, 2016

During election cycles it is practically impossible to escape the endless campaign advertisements, commercials, and political reporting.

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Intern Diary Q &A: Samantha Sorbaro with TellDC

March 09, 2016

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A Conversation with Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper Talks Trump, His Sexuality, and the Media

March 03, 2016

It is a testament to the vast number of political wonks and journalism junkies at GW that Anderson Cooper is met by raucous applause when he walks onstage at Lisner. It was as if we were greeting a rock star. But Anderson Cooper is a rock star for many and not just those who regularly watch him on CNN or CBS. He is also openly and proudly gay, something he called “one of the great blessings” of his life. It was fitting, then, that the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) teamed up with Allied in Pride, GW’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, to bring Cooper to campus on February 29th for an SMPA Conversation Series event.

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.

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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.

"Blacktivism: The New Generation" Gallery Launch

February 12, 2016

Friday, February 5 marked the opening of the new exhibition "Blacktivism: The New Generation." During the opening, the second floor gallery of SMPA teemed with dozens of students, faculty, and supporters, admiring the various pieces of art that lined the walls. The exhibit, curated by SMPA Professor, Dr. Imani M. Cheers and organized by SMPA students Nana Agyemang, Lanie Edwards and Zinhle Essamuah, celebrated and showcased the art of over 20 contemporary artists called “blacktivists.” Each artist contributed a range of two-dimensional pieces including photography, paintings, videos, and written work to offer their own unique perspectives on critical issues facing the black community today. The opening also featured a special musical performance by One Common Unity. The exhibit will be on display on the first floor lobby of SMPA through May 2016.

Tatiana Cirisano

SMPA journalism student heads to Japan after winning reporting competition

February 11, 2016

SMPA junior, Tatiana Cirisano, was recently named one of the winners of the

Jason Osder

How Sundance Documentaries Are Breaking the Rules

February 10, 2016

Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival, concluded last week with a splash. The biggest news that emerged was that Fox Searchlight bought Nate Parker’s ambitious remake of “The Birth of a Nation” for a reported $17.5 million—the largest blockbuster deal in Sundance’s history. But there was another story from this year’s festival: The program seemed more committed to freedom of expression in films and new artistic formats, particularly in documentaries. School of Media and Public Affairs Professor Jason Osder, known for “Let The Fire Burn,” attended the festival and observed a trend of documentaries that move beyond the principles of journalism in favor of creative troupes found more frequently in fictionalized films. These films are more explorative, and the filmmakers aren’t afraid to hoodwink the audience to make a larger point. Osder spoke with George Washington Today reporter Julyssa Lopez and discusses how films like “Kate Plays Christine,” “Cameraperson,” and “Nuts!” reflect new ways of telling stories, and what the trend means for the documentary genre moving forward.

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