May 7th, 2012
Prime Movers Media, SMPA's journalism mentoring program, made an appearance at last month's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. PMM presented a video highlighting the program's special partnership with the WHCA to the 2,000 guests in attendance—including President and Mrs. Obama. The video can be viewed below.
November 11th, 2011
This week, seven distinguished photographers visited the Jack Morton Auditorium to share insights about the world of modern crisis photojournalism.
The School of Media and Public Affairs, in conjunction with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Photography, presented Beyond Witness: New Approaches to Crisis Photography, a panel discussion with photojournalists Dominic Bracco II, Sean Gallagher, Andre Lambertson, Richard Mosse, David Rochkind, Stephanie Sinclair and James Whitlow Delano. The panelists described new challenges facing photojournalists, and how to redefine the idea of crisis photography in the face of ongoing conflicts.
Following the panel, the GW Program Board hosted an outdoor reception for attendees while projections of photographs by Richard Mosse appeared on the south wall of the Lisner Auditorium (see at right, photo by Aaron DeNu).
May 5th, 2011
By Jacqueline Corba
Professor Kimberly Gross and Professor Robert Entman’s Senior Seminar combined their class' efforts this semester to work on a Twitter research project with the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), a D.C.-based non-profit organization that evaluates and studies the performance of the press.
This new partnership with PEJ allowed SMPA students the opportunity to apply the theory used in the classroom to a real-world research project coding and analyzing “legacy media” tweets.
After the PEJ trained them in coding earlier this semester, a total of 30 students analyzed the content of tweets written by professional news organizations. In the end, the students will produce an analysis memo and some may be used by PEJ in a future report.
“Our class’ role has mainly been to code tweets based on several different variables: what the tweet is about, how many re-tweets it received, whether there was a link and if there was, what the link brought you to,” said Alec Jacobs, a senior Political Communication major who will be graduating in December. “We've also helped them clarify their codebook, hopefully making future projects of this kind run a little bit more smoothly.” Read the rest of this entry »