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Chuck Todd, SMPA Silver Anniversary

SMPA Celebrates Silver Anniversary

May 10, 2016

By Menachem Wecker, for GW Today

Sophie Ota headshot

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 Vox.com

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

Sara Dougherty's headshot

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.

Samantha Sorbaro speaks with a public official

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.

Manheim-Sterling winners Garcia, Hogan, and Fawzy

Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Prize Winner Explores Social Issues

January 29, 2016

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.

Yong-Chan Kim and Laura King

Announcing the Spring 2016 Shapiro Fellows: Yong-Chan Kim and Laura King

January 22, 2016

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.

Not Your Boyfriend's Sports Show Logo

Talking Sports from the Female Perspective

January 15, 2016

During the past year, podcasts have had a moment, exploding onto the cultural scene and changing the way people get information.

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.

SMPA Senior Jessica McEntee

Understanding the Power of Logos

November 13, 2015

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.

Head shot of Rachel Smilan-Goldstein

Feminism and the Media

November 05, 2015

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.

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