School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University

School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs is a trailblazer in the study of political communication, journalism and media.
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The School of Media and Public Affairs is a recognized center for teaching and research in political communication, journalism, global media studies, and documentary filmmaking. Our faculty is composed of accomplished scholars, award-winning journalists, and dedicated educators. Our mission is to explore how ideas and information are communicated and how the media influence policy and politics in a democracy. The university reserves the right to delete content that is defamatory, obscene, threatening, or harassing; targets or disparages any ethnic, racial, religious, or gender group; advocates illegal activity; infringes copyrights or trademarks; contains spam, junk mail, or unauthorized solicitations; or violates any applicable local, state, or federal law, or university policies.

Mission: The School of Media and Public Affairs is dedicated to the rigorous study of media, journalism and political communication with a focus on exploring how ideas and information are communicated and how the media inform and influence policy and politics in a democracy.

So much excitement in #JMA last night as we kicked off one year till the 2020 election! Thank you to our special guests ...
11/06/2019

So much excitement in #JMA last night as we kicked off one year till the 2020 election! Thank you to our special guests who joined us @chucktodd @kevinmaddendc #SteveScully @danabashcnn @kfbruin & #KimGross. And of course to our two moderators @frank_sesno & professor Steve Roberts!

#2020ElectionGW

If you missed the conversation you can still watch it here 👉🏼 https://www.facebook.com/georgewashingtonuniversity/videos/416015616015323?vh=e&sfns=mo @ Jack Morton Auditorium

11/06/2019
The George Washington University

Tune In! #2020electionGW

Join Chuck Todd, Dana Bash, and leading political experts as they discuss what's to come in the 2020 election.

We are just ONE DAY away from the event of the semester! At #2020ElectionGW, you will hear from a variety of political t...
11/04/2019
The School of Media and Public Affairs

We are just ONE DAY away from the event of the semester! At #2020ElectionGW, you will hear from a variety of political thought leaders and journalists as they give us their take on the year ahead. Join us as we discuss controversy over impeachment, foreign policy, healthcare, climate change and more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets do not guarantee seats so arrive early!

REGISTER NOW:

GW's School of Media and Public Affairs Career Action Network (SMPA CAN)

On Tuesday, Nov. 5th with SMPA, you'll get to hear from:Dana Bash, Political Correspondent for CNN and SMPA AlumChuck To...
10/24/2019
The School of Media and Public Affairs

On Tuesday, Nov. 5th with SMPA, you'll get to hear from:

Dana Bash, Political Correspondent for CNN and SMPA Alum
Chuck Todd, Journalist and Political Director for NBC News
Karen Finney, Terker Distinguished Fellow
Steve Scully, Terker Distinguished Fellow
Kevin Madden, CNN Political Commentator and Former Spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 U.S. presidential campaign
Kim Gross, CCAS Vice Dean for Programs & Operations, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs

It's all on the table -- impeachment, health care, gun control, foreign policy, and much more. | Re-electing Donal Trump? How a Divided America Will Vote in 2020 #2020ElectionGW RSVP now:

GW's School of Media and Public Affairs Career Action Network (SMPA CAN)

New faculty position opening! Apply now to the Tenure Track Journalism Assistant Professor vacancy and join the SMPA com...
10/15/2019
Assistant Professor of Media & Public Affairs

New faculty position opening! Apply now to the Tenure Track Journalism Assistant Professor vacancy and join the SMPA community. Additional information can be found here:

The School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin as early as Fall 2020.

RE-ELECTING DONALD TRUMP? HOW A DIVIDED AMERICA WILL VOTE IN 2020Join us as we sit down with political thought leaders a...
10/14/2019

RE-ELECTING DONALD TRUMP? HOW A DIVIDED AMERICA WILL VOTE IN 2020

Join us as we sit down with political thought leaders and journalists to discuss the many issues facing American voters just one year until election day.

Our country is torn by controversy over immigration, impeachment, foreign policy, the courts, debt, and deficits. Will Trump and the GOP prevail? Can Democrats create another blue wave? How will the media cover the most divisive election in modern history?

This SMPA event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Jack Morton Auditorium. Register below:

https://gwu.peoplegrove.com/hub/smpa/event/4539/re-electing-donald-trump-how-a-divided-america-will-vote-in-2020

On Oct. 21, GW alumni and students are invited to attend a Media, Journalism, and Communications Student-Alumni Networki...
10/14/2019
Media, Journalism, and Communications Student-Alumni Networking Reception (New York, NY) 10-21-2019 - The George Washington University

On Oct. 21, GW alumni and students are invited to attend a Media, Journalism, and Communications Student-Alumni Networking Reception in NYC!

This is a special opportunity to connect with current GW students for Career Quest 2019. Please share your career stories, provide mentorship, and guide future GW graduates as they begin their careers. For info and registration, visit the link below!

Please join us for this special opportunity to connect with current GW students in New York City for Career Quest 2019. This year’s Career Quest student cohort is focused on Media, Journalism, and Communications. Share your career stories, provide mentorship, and guide future GW graduates as they ...

For Colonials Weekend, the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics hosted a panel on digital discourse, where researc...
09/26/2019
Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics Hosts Panel on Digital Discourse

For Colonials Weekend, the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics hosted a panel on digital discourse, where researchers and experts discussed how misinformation spreads, stating that its effects require careful interdisciplinary study.

Researchers and experts discussed how misinformation spreads and who benefits by it in final Colonials Weekend event.

09/23/2019
CBS News

A moving tribute by SMPA National Council Member Reena Ninan, BA '01.

CBS News' Reena Ninan pays tribute to legendary journalist Cokie Roberts — an inspiration to generations of women in the news.

Faculty, staff and students at the School of Media and Public Affairs are mourning the loss of Professor Steven Roberts'...
09/19/2019
SMPA Mourns the Loss of Cokie Roberts, Wife of Professor Steven Roberts

Faculty, staff and students at the School of Media and Public Affairs are mourning the loss of Professor Steven Roberts' beloved wife of 53 years, Cokie Roberts.

Faculty, staff and students at the School of Media and Public Affairs are mourning the loss of Professor Steven Roberts' beloved wife of 53 years, Cokie Roberts.

SMPA has launched Friday Fun Workshops to provide opportunities for students to practice fundamental camera and Adobe Cr...
09/19/2019
SMPA Inaugural Friday Fun Workshops

SMPA has launched Friday Fun Workshops to provide opportunities for students to practice fundamental camera and Adobe Creative Cloud techniques outside of courses.

Next workshop: This Friday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. on the 5th floor! You will learn more about the basic Panasonic CX350 workflows. Desserts will be served! Sign-up with Linda at [email protected].

SMPA has launched Friday Fun A/V Workshops for the Fall 2019 semester. The workshops are free for undergraduates and graduate students and provide opportunities to learn and practice fundamental camera and Adobe Creative Cloud techniques outside of courses.

GW + Equinox exclusive! Interested students are invited to attend a free signature studio cycling class with Equinox ins...
09/16/2019
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GW + Equinox exclusive! Interested students are invited to attend a free signature studio cycling class with Equinox instructor Kaitlyn. The class is on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11:45 a.m to 12:45 p.m. at Equinox Sports Club.

RSVP below:

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"While in Paris I embarked on a journey of a lifetime and was amazed that I was able to visit all the places I had dream...
09/12/2019
A Dream Come True: Learning in Paris

"While in Paris I embarked on a journey of a lifetime and was amazed that I was able to visit all the places I had dreamed of while learning from an extraordinary number of guest speakers from around the world." -- Samantha Cookinham, JMC '20.

Apply now for Professor Lee Huebner's spring course "Globalization and the Media" (SMPA 3195); due no later than Oct. 15! You can also drop in for an information session on Sept. 23 from 6-7 p.m. in MPA 511 to learn more.

While in Paris I embarked on a journey of a lifetime and was amazed that I was able to visit all the places I had dreamed of while learning from an extraordinary number of guest speakers from around the world.

ATTENTION: Transfer applications into SMPA are now LIVE and due no later than Friday, Oct. 4! Come join the #SMPAproud c...
09/10/2019

ATTENTION: Transfer applications into SMPA are now LIVE and due no later than Friday, Oct. 4! Come join the #SMPAproud community!

Still not sure? Attend a transfer admissions information session on Monday, Sept. 16th at 5 p.m. in MPA 406A.

https://smpa.gwu.edu/transfer-admissions

At All Majors Night, SMPA announced its two Terker Distinguished Fellows. Let’s welcome Karen Finney, CNN Political Comm...
09/09/2019
SMPA Welcomes Two Terker Distinguished Fellows

At All Majors Night, SMPA announced its two Terker Distinguished Fellows. Let’s welcome Karen Finney, CNN Political Commentator, and Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer at C-SPAN!

In their roles, they will participate in class discussions, student lunches, and public events throughout the academic year.

Both individuals come with a long trail of accolades and a history of service to their communities. The SMPA community is proud to welcome these dedicated and distinguished fellows!

https://smpa.gwu.edu/smpa-welcomes-two-terker-distinguished-fellows

Karen Finney, an independent political consultant, and Steve Scully, a Senior Executive Producer at C-SPAN join the School of Media and Public Affairs as the 2019-20 Terker Distinguished Fellows.

Only a few more hours until All Majors Night! You don't want to miss the world-famous SMPA mac 'n cheese bar, giveaways,...
08/29/2019

Only a few more hours until All Majors Night! You don't want to miss the world-famous SMPA mac 'n cheese bar, giveaways, the announcement of our Terker Fellows, and vital information about SMPA-exclusive opportunities. Plus, you will meet our new faculty and representatives from student organizations.

See you at 6 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium!

All Majors Night is tonight at 6 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium! Be sure to come for the announcement of our new Ter...
08/29/2019
Journalist and Political Media Researcher Join SMPA Faculty

All Majors Night is tonight at 6 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium! Be sure to come for the announcement of our new Terker Fellows!

You will also get to meet our new faculty, Barbara Benitez-Curry and Rebekah K. Tromble.

SMPA is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members who will expand opportunities for students to gain critical skills in journalism and digital media; Barbara Benitez-Curry and Rebekah K. Tromble.

Check out the Equinox Open House exclusively for GW students, faculty and staff 8/29 and 8/30!
08/28/2019

Check out the Equinox Open House exclusively for GW students, faculty and staff 8/29 and 8/30!

In just two days, join the SMPA community as we kickoff our annual gathering that brings us together to say hello, launc...
08/27/2019

In just two days, join the SMPA community as we kickoff our annual gathering that brings us together to say hello, launch the year, and pass along vital information about SMPA-exclusive opportunities. Come hear from some of our incredible alumni who are leaders in media and politics!

You truly are in the front row of history. In the year ahead, we will be a place of ideas and civil discourse, respect and inclusiveness as we examine and pursue political communication and journalism.

See you Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium! RSVP here: https://gwu.peoplegrove.com/hub/smpa/event/3885/smpa-all-majors-night

‪An in-depth investigation by The New York Times of how the creator of infamous Willie Horton ad gamed social media to m...
08/25/2019
In the Trump Era, a Family’s Fight With Google and Facebook Over Disinformation

‪An in-depth investigation by The New York Times of how the creator of infamous Willie Horton ad gamed social media to make millions by creating disinformation. Professor Matthew Hindman & others w/ new IDDP (https://smpa.gwu.edu/knight-foundation-investment-fund-institute-data-democracy-and-politics) were key to the Time's investigation.

The man behind “Willie Horton” and Citizens United built a potent online disinformation mill with his son. Then Big Tech changed the rules.

Jack Nassetta, a rising senior studying Political Communication, wrote an op-ed for THE WEEK about President Trump expos...
08/15/2019
Want to influence Trump's foreign policy? Just reply to his tweets.

Jack Nassetta, a rising senior studying Political Communication, wrote an op-ed for THE WEEK about President Trump exposing himself to foreign disinformation. He has also done extensive research on digital disinformation with Professor Steven Livingston.

How Russian trolls may have used Trump's Twitter habit to manipulate the president's position on Syria

We're #hiring a Communications Associate for our new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics! Apply here ⬇️
08/07/2019
Communications Associate

We're #hiring a Communications Associate for our new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics! Apply here ⬇️

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the intellectual and creative backbone of the university, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. As a leader among the nation’s liberal arts i...

Congratulations to The George Washington University Association of Black Journalists on being nominated as a finalist fo...
08/06/2019
National Association of Black Journalists

Congratulations to The George Washington University Association of Black Journalists on being nominated as a finalist for (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists "Student Chapter of the Year."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2019) – CNN’s announcement of the promotion of Cathy Straight to executive editor of National News for CNN Digital, coupled with the recent promotions of Johnita Due as the new SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Marcus Mabry to Vice President of Global Pr....

With a $5 million Knight Foundation investment, our new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics will bring together ...
07/22/2019
Knight Foundation Investment to Fund Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

With a $5 million Knight Foundation investment, our new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics will bring together top minds from around the world and across campus for research and events on fighting disinformation.

New interdisciplinary research institute will fight digital disinformation at a critical time.

Alumna Tori Riess has worked on some of your favorite TV shows. Now, she has her own show, I Do To The Venue, premiering...
07/18/2019
I Do to the Venue

Alumna Tori Riess has worked on some of your favorite TV shows. Now, she has her own show, I Do To The Venue, premiering tonight at 8 p.m. on FYI Television Network!

Planning a wedding starts with a lot of questions- but none is more important than where. Whether a couple chooses a classic ballroom, a modern loft, an intimate setting, or a grand spectacle- before they say I do, they have to say I Do to the Venue!

More than 280 GW alumni work on Capitol Hill. Were you among those at the annual reception emceed by SMPA alum Jake Sher...
07/02/2019
An Evening on the Hill

More than 280 GW alumni work on Capitol Hill. Were you among those at the annual reception emceed by SMPA alum Jake Sherman?

GW President Thomas LeBlanc and university leadership gathered with alumni who serve in Congress, staff members and others who work in politics and government.

“There’s a lot of fatigue right now. There’s outrage fatigue. There’s politics fatigue. There’s Trump fatigue,” SMPA Dir...
06/26/2019
As Democrats Debate, TV News Tunes In Something Other Than Trump

“There’s a lot of fatigue right now. There’s outrage fatigue. There’s politics fatigue. There’s Trump fatigue,” SMPA Director Frank Sesno said of the current news cycle.

NBC News’ “Meet the Press” and CBS News’ “Face The Nation” regularly compete for Sunday-morning audiences and scoops from politicos. But this past weekend they looked nothing like one another. On N…

Spotted in the HBO film Running with Beto Doc:SMPA alum and Beto campaign communications director Chris Evans!
06/07/2019
Running with Beto

Spotted in the HBO film Running with Beto Doc:
SMPA alum and Beto campaign communications director Chris Evans!

This alumnus and former assistant press secretary joined President Reagan for nearly 350 movie nights at Camp David.
06/06/2019
A Front-Row Seat

This alumnus and former assistant press secretary joined President Reagan for nearly 350 movie nights at Camp David.

On many Friday and Saturday nights at Camp David in the 1980s, a framed print would be taken off the wall behind a couch in the president’s cabin, exposing the lens of a reel-to-reel projector.

We're hiring! The Media Instructional Technologist position will advise students, staff and faculty on audio/video equip...
06/04/2019
Media Instructional Technologist

We're hiring! The Media Instructional Technologist position will advise students, staff and faculty on audio/video equipment and technology solutions.

The Media Instructional Technologist in the George Washington University SMPA program will be assisting students, staff, and faculty with developing and implementing educational materials by matching learning outcomes with audio/video equipment and technology solutions. This position will provide an...

Congratulations to SMPA Journalist in Residence Jeffrey Blount on his new book! He joined WJLA-TV (ABC) Good Morning Was...
06/03/2019
Jeffrey Blount takes us back to past the in his new book "The Emancipation of Evan Walls"

Congratulations to SMPA Journalist in Residence Jeffrey Blount on his new book! He joined WJLA-TV (ABC) Good Morning Washington to give a sneak peek.

In his new book "The Emancipation of Evan Walls," award-winning author and television director Jeffrey Blount takes us back to past as Even Walls in 1968. Before his book release next month, Jeff stopped by to share his inspiration behind it all.

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