September 29th, 2010
SMPA Fellow and New York Times columnist Bob Herbert delivers his first lecture of the semester in MPA 307 on October 6 at 5pm entitled "The Wholesale Trivialization of News and Opinion." He will explore some of the ways the press has "lowered its standards when it comes to responsible reporting." RSVP to SMPA@GWU.EDU.
September 27th, 2010
Steve and Cokie Roberts look on as WJLA-TV's Alison Starling introduces them at the National Book Festival on Saturday.
Professor Steve Roberts was interviewed by wife Cokie Roberts at the National Book Festival on Saturday on the National Mall in front of hundreds of fans of his latest book, From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the Lives They Made in America.
Introduced by WJLA-TV reporter Alison Starling, he described his book that chronicles the families of 13 people, including two GW students, and how their immigration to America changed their lives.
The National Book Festival is a yearly event sponsored by the Library of Congress where a selection of authors are invited to give talks about their latest works, sign books, and even appear on C-SPAN, which broadcast from the event live all day.
September 24th, 2010
The media and politics have long had a symbiotic relationship, but that relationship is changing as media outlets become more polarized and politicians spread their messages without using traditional media. SMPA Professor Al May participated in a panel discussion on this topic at Marshall University to discuss the topic of "Politics, Political Parties and the Media in the 21st Century” earlier this week.
WVU public broadcasting produced a podcast of the discussion, and you can listen to it here.
September 21st, 2010
Ever wonder what are our alumni up to? SMPA Alumni are hard at work in all aspects of political communication and journalism, here and around the world. All of our alumni will soon receive the next issue of our alumni newsletter, but here is a preview of the "Where are they now?" section:
Environmental journalist Mark Schleifstein
('75) contributed to award-winning reporting at The Times-Picayune
of New Orleans, including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize
for Public Service.
('94) recently became the head of business partners for the Global Operations and Technology Risk Management division of BNY Mellon
Los Angeles Times Foreign Correspondent
('98), author of the recently published Every Man in this Village is a Liar,
was interviewed by SMPA's own Professor Janet Steele
at the Byron Bay Writers Festival in Australia this summer.
Prof. Janet Steele (L) interviews alumnus and LA Times Beijing correspondent Megan Stack (R) in Australia this summer.
Darley Newman (‘01), host of the PBS travel series Equitrekking, was honored with a daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Series, the third Emmy nomination for the show.
('04) won a 2009 George Polk Award for Journalism in the category of military reporting. Baron covers the Pentagon and national security for Stars and Stripes
, the independent newspaper for the military.
Jessica Turtletaub (‘08) was featured on the popular MediaBistro blog for her new job as manager of Content Promotion at Bloomberg LP in New York City.
Special Honors Students Claire Low and Joe Radosevich ('09) presented their senior honors thesis projects this summer at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago. Low’s paper studied newspaper coverage of female business executives and candidates, while Radosevich studied the uniqueness of Minnesota politics.
('10) is currently working as general manager of PolitickerNJ
, the dominant political news website in New Jersey. His connection to their newsroom began during his undergraduate years as a political communications intern.
Lucy McCalmont (‘10) began her interest in British media as an undergrad and carries that into her new job as a news assistant for the U.S. editor and New York correspondent of the London Sunday Times.
Megan Buerger ('10) was recently named an editorial aide in the Local Living/Home section of the Washington Post.
(‘10) took her skills to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, becoming the only reporter to cover the city for the online start up TheDailyShrewsbury
. She handles everything on the site from writing articles to photography and video.
September 7th, 2010
SMPA professor Steve Roberts is speaking on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Reform High Holy Day services held at GW. Students, community members, family and friends are invited to attend. Here is a preview of what Professor Roberts will be speaking about on Thursday.
After Moses fled Egypt he settled in the land of Midian, where he met his wife Zipporah and had a son, Gershom. The boy's name means, "a sojourner there," and when asked to explain the name, Moses said, "I was a stranger in a strange land." That's true for all Americans but especially Jews. My own grandparents fled religious and political persecution in Russia almost 100 years ago. Some of my students here at GW have come more recently, from Ukraine and Vietnam, Jamaica and Pakistan, and their stories have reminded me that the immigrant journey is been re-lived and re-told every day. But America has always been ambivalent about immigration. We glorify our heritage and cherish our own immigrant roots and then, periodically, erupt in spasms of anti-immigrant feeling. We are going through one of those spasms right now, with anti-Hispanic laws passed in Arizona and new mosques attacked from New York to Tennessee. We as Jews have a special obligation to oppose that nativism and welcome newcomers to this country. We are Moses' children. We are all Gershom. We have all been strangers in a strange land.
September 3rd, 2010
Be there, this Tuesday!
6:30 p.m. - Pizza with students and faculty in the MPA basement.
7:00 p.m. - Ed Henry, CNN Senior White House Correspondent and SMPA fellow, will discuss new media in JMA.
Several special announcements will be made! See you then!
September 3rd, 2010
A Limited Number of SMPA-only student tickets are available for this event!
Join the School of Media and Public Affairs as we celebrate the release of Professor Mark Feldstein's new book “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture” with featured guest Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst.
Come listen to Hume describe the difficult relationship between President Richard Nixon and investigative journalist Jack Anderson, who was the most famous columnist of his day. Their relationship was so strained, members of the Nixon White House reportedly plotted to kill Anderson to stop his investigations!
The event will also celebrate the public release of the Jack Anderson Collection at the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library. Read the rest of this entry »
September 1st, 2010
We asked several former Prime Mover interns why going into D.C. Public Schools with an esteemed Washington journalist to educate the next generation was rewarding. Here's what they told us:
Network and learn: You work side by side with veteran journalists who can help hone your skills and give you tips on careers.
Apply your classes: Experience media from new perspectives that let you see beyond textbook definitions of journalism, while doing hands on projects with students, teachers, and journalist mentors.
See more of the city: become better acquainted with D.C. by travelling and interacting with area students, teachers, and the occasional local celebrity. Plan a field trip to the Library of Congress!
Flexible hours: Choose to work at a school that fits around your class schedule and journalistic interests (like print or broadcast). No teaching experience necessary!
Do something meaningful: It was so gratifying to play a role in educating and inspiring future journalists, and even encourage students to pursue college! This is a truly rare opportunity to change lives.
By interns Andrea Vittorio, Chelsea Radler, and Anastasia Theoharis
To learn more about the Prime Movers Program, visit http://www.gwu.edu/~primemovers/. To find out about internship opportunities available exclusively to SMPA students this semester, email Ms. Saudia Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.