SMPA RUNDOWN


September 13, 2020
WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM COVERING COVID-19? 
Join us Thursday, September 17th at 6 pm for a discussion focused on the lessons learned from news coverage of the science of the coronavirus pandemic, how it has been reported, how medical sciences have communicated, and updates on transmissions, vaccine development and other topics. The event will be moderated by Lisa Palmer, National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication, and will be joined by an exceptional panel of science journalists.


SMPA HIGHLIGHTS

SMPA CAN APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS 
Monday, September 21 at 12PM ET

The School of Media & Public Affairs Career Access Network (SMPA CAN) is a mentorship program committed to equipping undergraduate students with tools to excel both academically and professionally. In addition, through strategic and thoughtful programming, SMPA CAN seeks to expose its students as well as facilitate his/her/their matriculation at the George Washington University in a meaningful way that prepares the student for life after graduation. 

Qualifications/ Requirements: 
  • Applicants must be junior or senior to apply
  • Submit a cover letter and personal statement 
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Portfolio *Optional*

Deadline for application is Monday, September 21st at 12pm ET. Please email all application materials to Gionelly@gwu.edu.
 
SPORTS, ETHICS AND BLACK LIVES MATTER
Wednesday, September 23 | 4-5pm ET

Join the conversation about the intersection of sport and the Black Lives Matter movement. This year, the U.S. has seen unprecedented social mobilization in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, and the shooting of Jacob Blake. Athletes from the WNBA and NBA have become national leaders and advocates for the issues faced by Black Americans today.

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VIRTUAL COFFEE WITH SMPA ALUMNI
Monday, September 28 | 4-5pm ET

The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a series of virtual coffee events with alumni this fall. On Monday, September 28th you can have coffee with SMPA alumna 
Rachel Jenkins. She currently manages Congressman Ryan's legislative agenda and leads the legislative team. She advises the Congressman on issues related to agriculture, health, labor, workforce development and job training, trade, and education.

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH DEMOCRACYWORKS
Friday, October 2 | 1 – 2:30 pm ET
In collaboration between the Honey W. Nashman Center, the School of Media & Public Affairs and the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, this Fireside Chat will be an intimate event surrounding the social issues of voting, the upcoming elections, and how innovation and social entrepreneurship come into play.
WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT NEWS AND PROTEST IN SUMMER 2020?
Thursday, October 8 | 6 – 7:30pm ET
Join us on October 8th at 6pm for a discussion on news coverage of the social uprising during the summer of 2020 that swept the nation and the world. The panelists will address several questions: How did local and national news media cover the protests? What were the obstacles? How have journalists and news organizations dealt with the obstacles? How protesters engaged with the news media? What are the lessons for journalism and political communication?

MEDIAFILE IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS & AN OPINIONS EDITOR!
MediaFile, an independent student-run publication tracking media news, is looking for staff reporters, multimedia producers, and more! Now in its fifth year, MediaFile is also looking for an opinions editor to lead the opinions section. The opinions editor will edit all opinions articles, generate story ideas and approve pitches, and promote articles on social media. 
To apply, fill out the corresponding forms below. Please reach out to MediaFile's Editor in Chief, Avi Bajpai, at abajpai@mediafiledc.com if you have any questions.

LET THE FIRE BURN! A SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR JASON OSDER
Thursday, October 8 | 6pm ET

Let the Fire Burn is a documentary directed by Jason Osder about the decade-long conflict between the Philadelphia police and MOVE, a radical African American back-to-nature coming to a head. On Thursday, October 8th Temple Universtiy Library is having a screening and discussion afterwards with Professor Osder.
THE HATCHET IS HIRING!
The Hatchet is the only independent newspaper at GW and the second oldest paper in Washington, D.C., just behind the Washington Post. The Hatchet is hiring across all sections: news, culture, sports, opinions, photo, video, podcast, design, web and business. Questions? Email join@gwhatchet.com. 
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SMPA has a wonderful group of people who are here to help should you run into any technical questions or issues during this online learning semester. 

Technical Support Team: 
Linda Lashendock: lindalashendock@gwu.edu, 336-260-881 
Adobe Premiere Pro, Blackboard Collaborate, and Echo360
Tomi Ogunjulugbe: tomi@gwu.edu, 571-278-9875  
Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Zoom and Webex
Doug Zimmerman: dzimmerman@gwu.edu, 609-902-3123
Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Zoom and Webex

Tehnical Support Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9am - 5pm 
Wednesday and Thursday: 9am - 8pm 
Sunday: 3-6:00 pm

INTERNSHIPS & JOBS

FWS STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT  
The Student Research Assistant will support the Project on Ethics in Political Communication. Responsibilities will include: Drafting and editing material, social media, logistics support, and other responsibilities as assigned. The student will perform basic administrative and research tasks under the guidance of a faculty member or research coordinator. Tasks may include: assisting with experiments, coding, data entry, and data cleaning, preparing research/documents for articles, reports, and/or presentations. Students may also help provide information for literature reviews, draft summaries, and create graphs and figures. Special projects or other duties may be assigned related to specific departmental/faculty needs.

JOB AT KAIROS 
Kairos is hiring a Campaign Manager. This position understands that building power requires creativity, strategy, strong relationships, and a whole lot of elbow grease. The Campaign Manager is a self-motivated, strategic, and detail-oriented campaigner who is deeply experienced in digital strategy and also interested in deploying innovative tactics to help expand what’s possible. Today is the last day to apply!

SPOTLIGHT

SMPA PROFESSOR AND IDDP DIRECTOR JOIN MAJOR FACEBOOK STUDY ON ELECTION

Rebekah Tromble is participating in a research project with 16 political scientists from around the country partnered with internal Facebook researchers on a first-of-its-kind, large-scale, study of Facebook's impact on the 2020 U.S elections. She was recently featured in a GW Today article and said, It’s absolutely essential that the public understand the impacts of social media on democratic societies, but as researchers we’ve been hampered by our limited access to the data. “This study is a chance for us to look much more directly and fully at a broad range of information we’ve not had access to before.”

David Karpf won an award at the The APSA Information Technology & Politics for Best Public Facing Scholarship. 
Peter Loge was quoted in the Healthline article “9 Pharma Companies Join to Release Open Letter Promising COVID-19 Vaccine Safety." He was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal article “Should You Judge Politicians by Their Shoes?"
Ethan Porter was quoted in the International Business Times article “Trump Team Pushes Social Media Limits As Election Looms."
Cheryl W. Thompson was re-elected president for an unprecedented third term of the 6,000-member Investigative Reporters and Editors. She also was a panellist on a professor's virtual roundtable sponsored by GW's Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association for undergraduate students of color. She also published another installment in her NPR series, "NPR Probe: Even Before Pandemic, Authorities Lost Track of Sex Offenders."
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