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New at SMPA: Taking the Pulse of American Communities and Launching Careers
New at SMPA: Taking the Pulse of American Communities and Launching Careers
Media and Public Affairs Building
SCHOOL OF MEDIA & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Alumni,
You came to the School of Media and Public Affairs to think deeply and engage politics, media and journalism in the heart of the nation’s capital. Our mission has never been more timely, relevant or central to our students’ lives or the national conversation. 
Amid continued turbulence in American politics and journalism, SMPA is researching and teaching topics central to the premise of informed and civil discourse. We are convening leaders in media and politics to help us explore, understand and challenge developments unfolding here in Washington and around the world.
This semester, we invited leading White House reporters for a discussion on race, politics and media. Our Terker Distinguished Fellows  Rep. Brendan Boyle, White House correspondent April Ryan and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian  have actively engaged with students and faculty.
In April, we will expand our horizons with Contentious Narratives, a conference that examines how new technologies can enable disinformation while helping give the voiceless a voice. Later that month, we will host the annual Planet Forward Summit convening students and innovative leaders in science, sustainability and storytelling.
We are also developing a groundbreaking partnership with West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media for a collaborative student reporting project focusing on environmental journalism.
This is a dynamic and exciting place that truly occupies a front-row seat to history.
I hope you will stay engaged with SMPA. Join our email list to be the first to hear about upcoming news and events. Sign up to volunteer to learn how you can connect with students and become more involved with the GW community.
Thank you for your support of the SMPA mission and for all you do to make this a better place.
Sincerely,
Frank
PS: Send me your thoughts and ideas for SMPA at smpacomm@gwu.edu.

FEATURED STORIES

MAKING NEWS AT THE SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
MEDIA, POLITICS & HEALTH 
TAKING THE PULSE OF AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
A $700,000 grant will support research that helps people and policymakers burst the political and cultural bubbles that currently define the nation.
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MAKING NEWS. BUILDING COMMUNITY.
CONNECTING TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS WITH JOURNALISTS AND STUDENTS
The Project for Media and National Security at SMPA is bringing journalists, students and national security officials face-to-face.
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Finn Partners Fellowship
LAUNCHING CAREERS 
PUTTING CLASSROOM SKILLS INTO ACTION AT A GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM
The Finn Partners fellowship program gives SMPA graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world experience at a global public relations firm.
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HAPPENING AT SMPA
MOVING THE PLANET FORWARD
PLANET FORWARD SUMMIT
The annual Planet Forward Summit is a two-day conference on sustainability storytelling. A diverse group of students, scientists, communicators, innovators, private sector leaders and policymakers will share inspiring stories of our planet and learn techniques for compelling storytelling.
COMBATING DISINFORMATION
CONTENTIOUS NARRATIVES
SMPA is co-hosting a two-day conference, Contentious Narratives, on the effects of disinformation on peacebuilding and efforts to document human rights abuse.
To request attendance at the conference, email Professor Livingston at sliv@gwu.edu.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The School of Media and Public Affairs would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous donors who made a gift to the department from Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017.
You can view the full list of donors on our website.
SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT
Gifts to the School of Media and Public Affairs allow us to provide support for faculty and student research and travel, graduate student fellowships, and academic enrichment activities including guest speakers, visiting faculty, and symposia.
Each gift, no matter how large or small, makes a positive impact on our educational mission and furthers our standing as one of the nation's preeminent liberal arts colleges at one of the world's preeminent universities.
You can make your gift to SMPA in a number of ways:
  • Securely online
  • By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University and with SMPA in the memo line, to:
    The George Washington University
    2033 K Street NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC  20052
    • By phone by calling the GW Annual Fund at 1-800-789-2611
    STAY CONNECTED WITH US!
    REUNION AMBASSADORS FOR COLONIALS WEEKEND
    A reunion celebration is only a success if your classmates come back to celebrate with you. Classes ending in "3s" and "8s" are celebrating reunions this year! We need a strong group of reunion ambassadors who are willing to help create a buzz leading up to Colonials Weekend. No matter the amount of time you are able to commit, we have an opportunity for you!
    Email smedwid@gwu.edu to learn more.
    AN EVENING WITH PRESIDENT THOMAS J. LEBLANC
    Join our Bay Area and Southern California alumni, families, and friends in welcoming GW's 17th president, Thomas J. LeBlanc, to the GW community. President LeBlanc will share his vision for GW as we enter our third century, and will take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the 6:30 p.m. discussion.
    Tuesday, March 20 | Bay Area |  Register Now →
    Wednesday, March 21 | Southern California | Register Now →
    JOIN GW'S INDUSTRY NETWORKS
    As you may know, the Office of Alumni Relations launched Alumni Industry Networks last summer. By joining one or more networks, GW alumni have the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni in their industry through virtual and in-person networking programs. These networks are not bound by your current location, workplace, or GW degree. Industry networks are the perfect way to meet fellow alumni in your professional area of choice. Join an industry network with one click: Finance, Healthcare, Marketing & Advertising, Media & Communications, Politics & Government, Technology, Real Estate, Retail & Fashion.
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