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Dean's Picks: Top 13 of Fall 2013

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Students question The Washington Post's Barton Gellman on his work breaking the Edward Snowden story, NSA surveillance, and the importance of protecting sources.

SOC’s 2013 fall semester was full of inspiring internships and experiences for students, and notable research and projects from our faculty. SOC’s prominent location in Washington, DC also gave our students the chance to hear directly from big-name guest speakers, including President Obama, and an opportunity to cover first-hand the anniversary of the March on Washington.

In anticipation of our upcoming move to the newly renovated McKinley building, students, faculty and staff participated in the #HelloMcKinley social media contest to show their excitement.

Read our Top 13 stories of 2013 — and we’ll see you in McKinley in January!

AU Students Seize the Moment

SOC reporting and online production students cover the anniversary of the March on Washington. Read more


Internet Governance

Professor Tackles Issues of Internet Governance

In her new book, Laura DeNardis highlights global power struggles in Internet governance. Read more


House of Cards

Student and Alum Work on Set of ‘House of Cards’

The non-speaking role one landed and how the other became a regular stand-in. Read more


White House Student Reporters

AU Finished Strong in Solar Decathlon

Team Capitol DC’s final standings and the home they created to heal. Read more

American Forum

Students Discuss National Security at American Forum

Journalist who exposed NSA’s PRISM program talked Edward Snowden, freedom of press. Read more


Honest Tea

Startup Tips from Honest Tea CEO Seth Goldman Inspire Students

Inside the success story, from kitchen experiment to Coca Cola acquisition. Read more


Speilberg's Lincoln

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

AU-based FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly, drug-resistant bacteria that modern antibiotics can’t stop. Read more


Bethany Fraser

Invisible Victims of Incarceration

Digital Media student Bethany Fraser offers understanding born of loss. Read more


Melillo Book

There’s more to Smokey Bear Than You Realized

Professor Wendy Melillo shines a light on iconic American ad campaigns. Read more


Angie Chuang

The Smell of Bread, The Power of Memory

SOC Professor's new book details the immigrant experience—including her own family’s. Read more


Obama Hardball

My Afternoon with President Obama

American University junior on attending Hardball Town Hall event with President Barack Obama. Read more

Stand Up Planet

Comedy Creates Change at Social Good Summit

SOC’s Caty Borum Chattoo Exec-Produces “Stand Up Planet,” Documentary & Transmedia Series Featured at UN Week’s Social Good Summit. Read more


North Africa Internship

North Africa Internship Inspires New Passion

Charlotte Young discusses her international media internship and life-changing 10 weeks in Morocco. Read more



Dean's Picks: Top 10 of Fall 2012

Evan Brown, a student in profesor Lenny Steinhorn's Campaign U class, finds the mechanics & machinations of the presidential campaigns

Evan Brown, a student in profesor Lenny Steinhorn's Campaign U class, finds the mechanics & machinations of the presidential campaigns "fascinating."

This fall, the election influenced everything from courses to internships, and SOC's DC location gave our students the chance to hear directly from big-name guest speakers, analyze the campaign for a local Fox affiliate and cover election day for major media outlets. SOC celebrated groundbreaking on its new home in a renovated McKinley, and AU bid farewell to journalism professor and co-founder of SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop Wendell Cochran. 

Read our Top Ten stories below, then check out some of our multimedia, including student produced videos and updates on the McKinley building.

Campaign U

Lights, Camera, Politics

Campaign U, Inside the War Room and the Newsroom gives politically engaged AU students the opportunity to learn, think, and analyze the history and culture behind the upcoming election.
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Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd and AU Students Talk Election 2012 for NBC

The MSNBC host fielded questions on immigration, voter turnout and media coverage at a recent American Forum. Read more



White House Student Reporters

SOC Students Take Their Skills to the White House

Film student Matthew Carter says, “Because of SOC, I have learned proper technique for filming and editing a news package, which was essential to working on a project as large as this.” Read more



Iris Krasnow

Lifetime Brings AU's Krasnow to TV Audiences

AU Professor and Author, Iris Krasnow inspires through her work and experience. Read more



Vjay Ravindran

Washington Post Chief Digital Officer Joins Group Advising Entrepreneurship Degree

Vijay Ravindran the latest media innovator joins an exciting group advising the new MA in Media Entrepreneurship at American University’s School of Communication. Read more


Speilberg's Lincoln

Recording the History in Spielberg’s "Lincoln"

AU film and audio technology professor Greg Smith brought D.C.'s historic sounds to Spielberg's Lincoln. Read more



Big Data
Big Data, Social Media, and the Elections

SOC professor Deen Freelon’s research analyzed responsiveness to Facebook posts made by the two 2012 presidential campaigns.
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Rachel Jacobs

Internship at the Washington Post an Unforgettable Experience

"I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but my experiences thus far have been beyond my expectations," said SOC Dean's Intern Rachel Jacobs. Read more


Dotty Lynch

Inspirational Professor Analyzes Role of Women in Election Results

Professor Dotty Lynch explore the issue "women and politics" in the new series: Conversations with AU’s Inspirational Women. Read more



Wendell Cochran

SOC Faculty in Residence Retires

Professor Wendell Cochran retires after 40 years in journalism. Read more




Wishes from SOC holiday video

Video of Digital News and Social Media students covering the 2012 election

SOC Style - A project for professor Scott Talan's Comm-100 class by the Media Monarchs group

McKinley groundbreaking photo slide show