May 2nd, 2013
Remember to fill out your applications for SMPA's graduate program by Saturday, June 1.
The Master of Arts degree in Media and Public Affairs offers students the opportunity to study strategic political communication applied to domestic and international issues. This program is designed for students who are interested in the intersection among media, communication, and politics.
In addition, SMPA offers an MA in Global Communication in conjunction with the Elliott School of International Affairs and a certificate in Documentary Filmmaking with the Documentary Center.
For more information and access to the online application, please click here.
August 30th, 2011
Yesterday evening, our newest Master's Degree candidates mixed and mingled with second-year SMPA graduate students and a number of professors from our department to celebrate the new academic year.
Over drinks and hors d'oeuvre in the SMPA lobby, our professors shared their areas of expertise with our incoming class, while second-year students shared their insights on the program. SMPA Director Frank Sesno praised the new graduate students as the strongest class yet admitted to the selective Master’s program. He also introduced the new Director of Graduate Programs for the SMPA, Professor Sean Aday, who extended a warm welcome to all present.
After an enjoyable reception, the freshly-minted graduate students left to attend their first classes, encouraged by the support and kind words they received.
January 24th, 2011
Erika Rydberg (MA '11) was recently published in the National Public Radio (NPR) blog, "All Tech Considered." She is an intern there in the Social Media department where she is pitching stories, helping increase capacity, and helping with research for the Social Media team. Entitled "So Much for Bowling Alone; Research Says Internet Users Are Socially Engaged," Erika's post discusses how internet use may no longer be a solo activity. She will graduate this year with a master's in Public Affairs.
December 1st, 2010
Gregory Asmolov, a May 2010 graduate of the Global Communication master's program, organized an Ushahidi response to the wildfires that hit central Russia this past summer. The project was recently presented with the prestigious Runet Award. Sponsored by Russian Federal Agency of Mass Communication, the national award recognizes a significant contribution to development of the Russian Internet. At left is a photo of Asmolov accepting the award.
The web project, which uses the Internet for collecting crowdsourced information in a centralized location, was conceived of and run by Asmolov, who is also a Research assistant for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
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 »