March 31st, 2010
Apply for SMPA 196.12!
SMPA is excited to offer the Washington Post Seminar in Fall 2010. Join journalism students from Maryland, American and Howard universities for weekly seminars at the Post conducted by some of the country’s top reporters and editors. Students meet weekly to discuss topical issues, including politics, economics, social issues, investigative reporting, entertainment, and the future and business of newspapers.
The seminars will meet Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Post. The one-credit pass/fail course introduces students to the newspaper and news on the web, educates them about possible journalism careers and brings reality and immediacy to the classroom experience. Five slots are available.
Interested SMPA majors and minors should submit a registration transaction form and resume to Prof. Al May at email@example.com. Preference will be given to seniors but application is open to all JMC and PCM majors and minors.
Deadline for application is April 7.
March 31st, 2010
Join us for a special opportunity to culminate the 2009-2010 school year with our annual Awards/Majors night celebration! A light dinner will be served ahead of time and awards will be handed out to several SMPA majors who have special achievements. We have invited some special guests to join us - find out more here!
Monday, April 12
MPA Room B07 -6:30 pm
March 30th, 2010
Journalism will survive but people will get their news from an ever increasing number of diverse online sources aimed at widely segmented audiences, leaders in old and new journalism told a packed audience at the School of Media and Public Affairs at the “Transforming Journalism: State of the News Media” event on March 29.
Panelists Tom Rosenstiel, Jim Brady, and Tina Brown discuss the news media with SMPA Director Frank Sesno
“We have reached a point where the notion that most people will go to a primary source for their news is obsolete,” said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who along with The Newseum co-sponsored the event.
“What we new think of as journalism is breaking up into very different kinds of storytelling,” he said.
The event was named for and timed to coincide with recent release of the annual Pew report on the “The State of the News Media 2010” found at http://www.journalism.org.
Rosenstiel said the most recent economic trends for mainstream journalism are grim, citing a 24 percent decline in advertising revenue in 2009. That means that news organizations are spending much less money on good journalism.
“Reportorial journalism is shrinking,” he said, even as the amount of opinion writing online is increasing. Read the rest of this entry »
March 30th, 2010
(These two classes may be of interest to SMPA students but will not count toward your SMPA degree.)
Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen, and Cell Phone Cinema – TRDA 195
Students in this class will get a crash course in scriptwriting and story development for a variety of performance media, with a special focus on dramatic work for stage and screen presentation. They’ll acquire or refine their creative skills and develop the conceptual and stylistic tools required to write dramatic scripts for television, film, and live performance. An especially exciting component of the class is a unit devoted to the special needs and unique challenges of writing for the Very Small Screen (VSS) media, such as those typically found in mobile-delivery-based content like cell phone, blackberry, and iphone film and video downloads. This is the first course of its kind, anywhere.
Vocal Performance Skills for the Media TRDA 195.D20
For students in broadcasting, communication, acting, education. Class will have units on newscasting, audiobook narration, informational narration, commercials, and voice overs.
March 29th, 2010
Broadcast Journalism- SMPA 195 Public Affairs On-Air, Broadcast News Writing
This summer institute offers students six weeks of hands-on training in production and video techniques vital to careers in a multi-platform media environment. The 8-credit program arms students with skills in television field and studio production, as well as broadcast news writing, at a discounted tuition rate. Students will report and produce two newscasts, master the basics of the Final Cut Pro editing system, and learn how to uplink and process their videos for DVDs and the web.
Introduction to News Writing and Reporting - SMPA 110W
Fundamentals of news reporting and writing, with emphasis on the print media. News judgment, information gathering skills, and crafting news and feature stories. Regular in-class and outside reporting and writing exercises. (Open to non-majors: WID credit).
Editorial and Persuasive Writing - SMPA 145W
Techniques of editorial and column writing; editorial page and public affairs
programming; function of commentary in a free press. Prerequisite: SMPA 110. (WID credit).
War and Resistance in Hollywood Film: How the Movies Define “Terrorism” – SMPA 195
Using commercial films and television programming from the 1920s through the current day, we’ll examine both the phenomenon of war itself and the various forms of backlash it provokes, including guerilla operations, underground movements, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and criminal behaviour. We’ll look at Hollywood’s treatment of war – and terrorism – from Viking raids in the Middle Ages to modern-day Iraq -- using film as a cultural text for exploring the deep structure of American social and political value systems. The question of what constitutes a “just war” and who is authorized to sanction such enterprises forms the central guiding question of the course, but other questions, such as how to define “terrorism” and who decides when and how wars are “won” and “lost” will also be considered. The multiple and often contradictory ways in which the filmic arts have sought to represent both war itself and resistance to war will be explored. Films may include The Patriot, Les Miserable, Gandhi, Braveheart, Casablanca and The Pianist.
March 28th, 2010
See the report at journalism.org
By now hopefully you have heard about SMPA's big Monday event "Transforming Journalism: State of the Media" - (Speaker list and student sign up here: http://pejgwu.eventbrite.com)
If you can't join us in person, you can follow our live Twitter feed at @SMPAGWU written by senior Corbb O'Connor or tune into our live video feed via our homepage!
Look for video clips of the event and a full transcript by the end of the week...
March 28th, 2010
Class registration is soon upon us... here's the list of fall 2010 classes from the School of Media and Public Affairs:
http://web.ccas.gwu.edu/dev/filehost/4/Fall 2010 Course Descriptions.pdf
March 25th, 2010
Amy D’Onofrio (JMC ‘11)
Amy D'Onofrio (JMC '11) recently received a prominent summer internship with The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. She will be working in New York City as a copy editor for the Dow Jones Newswire after a weeklong training session at Temple University. Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2010
Offered jointly by the Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication combines the Elliott School's globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism. New this semester: a concentration in the important field of Public Diplomacy. Read the rest of this entry »