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

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

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Palm trees in New York: Exploring Madjeen Isaac's magical realism - Planet Forward 06/13/2024

Student spotlight 🎙️ In the latest episode of Art-vironment, SMPA graduate student and Planet Forward journalist Oscar Nzekwu profiles the stunning work of a Haitian artist, Madjeen Isaac, in New York. Tune in ⤵️

Palm trees in New York: Exploring Madjeen Isaac's magical realism - Planet Forward Madjeen Isaac is an artist who reimagines what New York City would look like, overgrown with the flora of her family's home in Haiti.

06/11/2024

The summer is heating up and so is election season! Hear from SMPA Director Peter Loge as he shares his thoughts on AI in political campaigns 🎥

The Well at Oxon Run: Alleviating 'food apartheid' in D.C. 06/06/2024

Student spotlight 📝 In “Local farm helps alleviate ‘food apartheid’ in Washington, D.C.” SMPA student Maggie Rhoads and SMPA alumna Antalya Maleno highlight how a farm in D.C.'s Ward 8 is helping to alleviate food insecurity. Read more ⤵️

The Well at Oxon Run: Alleviating 'food apartheid' in D.C. The Well at Oxon Run is a community farm focused providing healthy foods at no cost to residents of Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8.

Photos from School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University's post 05/31/2024

Looking back on another semester of events! 📸

Combating Hateful Attitudes and Online Browsing Behavior: The Case of Antisemitism | Journal of Experimental Political Science | Cambridge Core 05/30/2024

A paper titled "Combating Hateful Attitudes and Online Browsing Behavior: The Case of Antisemitism," authored by SMPA and GW's Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics faculty members Catie Bailard, Kimberly Gross, Ethan Porter, Rebekah Tromble, and Matthew H. Graham, recently won the Rebecca Morton Best Article Award from the Journal of Experimental Political Science!

Congratulations on this tremendous achievement 👏

Combating Hateful Attitudes and Online Browsing Behavior: The Case of Antisemitism | Journal of Experimental Political Science | Cambridge Core Combating Hateful Attitudes and Online Browsing Behavior: The Case of Antisemitism

The Ban: Fighting to swim in Washington, D.C.'s rivers once again - Planet Forward 05/29/2024

Student spotlight 🎥 Check out a video created by SMPA students and Planet Forward interns Daria Nastasia & Chambers Miller. This video titled "The Ban" focuses on the complex history pertaining to swimming in the Potomac River and the debates on how to open it up for swimming again. ⤵️

The Ban: Fighting to swim in Washington, D.C.'s rivers once again - Planet Forward The struggle for those who want to swim in D.C.'s rivers continues after years of improved water quality testing and conservation measures.

05/24/2024

We can't wait to see what's in store for the Class of 2024! Keep in touch new SMPA Alumni! 💛💙

05/22/2024

Check out some of the fondest memories of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2024, including from some of our very own SMPA students 💛💙

From gaining impactful internships and enjoying classroom experiences to forging lifelong friendships and attending one-of-a-kind events, the CCAS Class of 2024 recalled their fondest GW memories.
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Photos from School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University's post 05/20/2024

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Class of 2024! 🎓

We are so of our 2024 graduates. Keep in touch— we are excited to see all that you’ll accomplishment next 💛💙

Photos from The George Washington University's post 05/19/2024
Photos from Columbian College of Arts and Sciences's post 05/19/2024
05/19/2024

Good morning grads! has so much in store for our Class of 2024 🕗

05/17/2024

We are of all of our graduates! 🎓

To kickoff the weekend celebrations, SMPA hosted a Graduate luncheon to commemorate the achievements of our Master’s students. Congratulations and we can’t wait to see you in your future endeavors! 💛💙

Class of 2024’s Fondest GW Memories | GW Today | The George Washington University 05/15/2024

Finding favorite campus spots, making a global impact, solidifying lifelong friendships, and more-- these were some of the top memories of GW's graduating class. Read more favorite moments from some 2024 graduates including from SMPA's Katrina Hauser ⤵️

Class of 2024’s Fondest GW Memories | GW Today | The George Washington University The George Washington University Class of 2024 graduates will be recognized at Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 19.

05/15/2024

Time to kick off Commencement Weekend at ! 🎉 Check out the CCAS Commencement site for our schedule of events, shareable graphics, and more. We can't wait to celebrate our class of 2024!
https://columbian.commencement.gwu.edu/

GW Researchers Engage with Area Science Journalists and Communicators | GW Today | The George Washington University 05/10/2024

University experts discussed environmental racism and the ethics of AI in journalism at the D.C. Science Writers Association Professional Development Day earlier this month. As part of this event, SMPA Associate Director Jesse J. Holland participated in a workshop to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence in the newsroom.

Read more about this event ⬇️

GW Researchers Engage with Area Science Journalists and Communicators | GW Today | The George Washington University University experts discussed environmental racism and the ethics of AI in journalism at the D.C. Science Writers Association Professional Development Day.

Revolutionary Tales: Graduating Senior Ishani Patel Made the Most of Her GW Experience | GW Today | The George Washington University 05/09/2024

Whether it was with orientation, Program Board, moot court, internships or walks to the monuments with friends, SMPA Political Communication senior Ishani Patel made the most of her GW experience. Read about Ishani's favorite memories in this article from GW Today ⬇️

Revolutionary Tales: Graduating Senior Ishani Patel Made the Most of Her GW Experience | GW Today | The George Washington University Whether it was with orientation, Program Board, moot court, internships or walks to the monuments with friends, the political communications major took advantage of her time at the university.

Graduates’ Fondest Memories of GW | GW Today | The George Washington University 05/03/2024

Before commencement, GW Today asked a number of the upcoming graduates to share their favorite GW memories. Hear from several graduating students, including some SMPA graduates, on their fondest GW experiences ⤵️

Graduates’ Fondest Memories of GW | GW Today | The George Washington University The George Washington University Class of 2024 graduates will be recognized at Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 19.

Photos from School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University's post 05/01/2024

Highlights from last week’s SMPA Awards Celebration! Congratulations to all award recipients on your accomplishments and contributions to SMPA, we are 💛💙

Planet Forward Summit Focuses on Solutions to Climate Crisis | GW Today | The George Washington University 04/30/2024

Planet Forward, a project hosted at SMPA, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. This month, Planet Forward held their annual Summit themed around “Solutions for Survival: Storytelling and Creativity to Save the Planet.”

Read more about this event ⬇️

Planet Forward Summit Focuses on Solutions to Climate Crisis | GW Today | The George Washington University The 2024 Planet Forward Summit focused on empowering students to drive change through storytelling and featured discussions on sustainability challenges and solutions.

04/30/2024
Student Research Shines at CCAS Showcase | GW Today | The George Washington University 04/30/2024

Undergraduate and graduate students across GW displayed their scholarly work at the CCAS Research Showcase earlier this month. Check out some highlights of the research showcase, including some of SMPA's very own students!

Student Research Shines at CCAS Showcase | GW Today | The George Washington University Undergraduate and graduate students across the sciences, social sciences and humanities displayed their scholarly work at the CCAS Research Showcase.

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The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) is a trailblazer in the study of political communication, journalism and media. Our mission is to explore how ideas and information are communicated and how the media influence policy and politics in a democracy.

In an era of dramatic change and information overload, we provide the skills, theory, ethics and experience necessary to communicate effectively and inspire change.

Our faculty members are top academics and professionals in their fields, bringing extensive experience and networks of knowledge into the classroom and beyond.

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3 Questions with Peter Loge: AI in Political Campaigns
Faculty feature ✨ Hear from Associate Professor of Digital Storytelling Imani M. Cheers on the importance of media liter...
Ahead of the State of the Union address, hear from SMPA Director Peter Loge as he discusses why the story of the speech ...
Hear from past award recipient, SMPA student Joseph Decilos, on what the two scholarships and prizes that he received th...
2024 MLK Day of Service with Kayla Laws
Director Waisbord created a message to all SMPA students in light of GW moving finals online and the rising concern of C...
Happy Commencement week to the SMPA Class of 2021! SMPA alumna and CNN journalist Kate Bolduan has a special message for...
Project On Ethics in Political Communications: 1 Year Anniversary Discussion
Project on Ethics in Political Communication Launch
Keeping Our Eye on the Future of News
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