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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
During election cycles it is practically impossible to escape the endless campaign advertisements, commercials, and political reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s recipients of the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize may be at the helm of two very different projects, but they both tackle important social issues. Molly Hogan, an SMPA senior majoring in Political Communication, is exploring the effects of framing on public opinion on an increasingly important political issue: mandatory minimum sentencing. She is particularly interested in the unjust disparity in jail time caused by a controversial law for crack and powder cocaine use.
The School of Media and Public Affairs is pleased to announce the 2016 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellows in Media and Public Affairs., communication professor Yong-Chan Kim and international journalist Laura King. Kim is currently a professor at the College of Communication at Yonsei University, South Korea, where he also serves as the director of Urban Socio-Spatial Informatics Center and Principal Investigator of Urban Communication Lab. King—currently on leave from her post as the “Los Angeles Times” Bureau Chief in Cairo, Egypt—has spent much of her journalistic career covering conflicts and was previously a correspondent for the Associated Press. She has been with the “LA Times” since 2002, and was assigned a regional beat that included Pakistan and Afghanistan.
During the past year, podcasts have had a moment, exploding onto the cultural scene and changing the way people get information.
Often times, the help you seek comes from a place you would never think to look. For SMPA Senior Jessica McEntee, the help she needed to complete her senior thesis appeared in the form of the GW SURE Award.
McEntee, a University honors student who is double majoring in Political Communication and Economics, is primarily focused on the power and influence of logos, specifically during political campaigns. Her thesis includes a survey that measures the ability of logos to produce strong emotional reactions and mobilize voters. Ensuring enough people took the survey was a challenge.
Senior Rachel Smilan-Goldstein was destined to become a feminist from the day she was born when her mother insisted that her daughter’s name be hyphenated. These values have stayed with her and inform her current research on the media’s changing coverage of the Women’s Movement over the last 50 years. The recipient of a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Smilan-Goldstein set out discover if the feminist movement was depicted in the media as an important avenue for empowering woman.