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Joe Campbell

Getting It Right

Journalism professor Joe Campbell accepts the "Research about Journalism" award from the Society of Professional Journalists, at the SPJ's awards program September 2011 in New Orleans

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J-Lab
J-Lab announces winners in competition

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, an academic center at AU that fosters new forms of journalism, has announced the winners of its New Media Women Entrepreneurs Competition. Three entrepreneurial news ideas including franchises for community news sites, a food policy and strategies start-up and a health Web site for women each won $10,000 to launch their projects.

SOC Nikki Schwab Washington Examiner
SOC Alumna joins Examiner

An SOC alumna has become the newest personality and politics columnist for the Washington Examiner. Nikki Schwab is taking over one of the newspaper’s signature features: “Yeas & Nays,” a column that covers local D.C. events and inside information on celebrities and politics. Schwab received her MA in Communication in 2007.

SOC Professor Featured in TV Newser

Professor Jane Hall, paired with Fox News correspondent Tucker Carlson, comments on media coverage of Obama one year after the president's inaguration. "There's a difference between governing," says Hall, "and getting elected."

Journalism Students Need More than Writing Skills

Today, simply being a great writer falls short of the skills journalism students need to succeed. Now, they have to be able to write, design graphics, shoot and edit videos and photos, and take on a whole host of other multimedia platform skills Jill Olmstead, journalism division director at the School of Communication, told the Washington Business Journal. "There will always be a need for storytellers to gather information and boil it down," she said, a fact underscored by SOC alumnus Steve Dorsey, who nabbed a broadcast reporting job after he graduated in December 2008.

 

Photo: Caroline Stetler
WABC picks up grad student's report

Caroline Stetler, an AU journalism graduate student and staff writer for SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop, spearheaded the Workshop's latest report on the increase of thyroid cancer. The report was picked up by WABC TV in New York City. Watch video

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society seal
Students inducted into KTA

Six SOC students were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the honor society encouraging high academic achievement in journalism and mass communication.

Scholars Award recipient will present research at conference

Elizabeth Royall will present her research into news coverage and reconstruction of Afghanistan at the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research in LaCrosse, WI. Her research is drawn from her honors capstone project, which she completed under the supervision of Joseph Campell. Elizabeth was also one of five recipients of the AU Honors Scholars Award.

Student earns Washington Post byline

Tony Romm earned a Washington Post byline. Read his article: "Government Jobs Generate Interest Among College Seniors"

Fellowships awarded

The following graduate students have been awarded SOC's named fellowships: Kristin McGrath (BA, Washington University in St. Louis), USA Today;  Claritza Jimenez (BA, George Washington University) and Naseem Miller (BS, University of Central Florida), Center for Public Integrity;  Andrew Medici (BA, University of Pittsburgh), Bureau of National Affairs.
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The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation logo
Students grab SDX Awards

SOC students netted a record three of five awards from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SDX) to area students. Seniors James Phillips and Abigail Wihl and junior Dorothy Samuels each received $4,000 from the Foundation.

Bill Gentile in Afghanistan shooting a documentary for PBS NOW
Professor's work showcased on PBS

Bill Gentile’s film Nurses Needed was named the most popular show airing on the PBS program NOW in 2008. PBS has submitted the documentary for consideration in the Outstanding Feature Story category of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. PBS has also submitted Gentile’s documentary Afghanistan: The Forgotten War for consideration in the Outstanding Continuous Coverage of a Major News Story category. Gentile is also getting a lot of media attention, including a profile in Quill and an article in Variety.

Alum nominated for Pulitzer

John Shiffman, who recieved an MA in journalism and a JD from AU, was nominated along with his colleagues at the Philidelphia Inquirer for the Pulitzer Prize for their extensive reports on environmental policy.

Cristina Fernandes-Pereda
First Spanish news outlet covers Twitter on site

Cristina Fernandez-Pereda, MA '08, got an exclusive story and photos about Twitter for the online magazine Soitu, making it the first Spanish news outlet to cover Twitter on site in its San Francisco offices. Read Cristina's success story.

SOC Alum Maria Papadopoulos holding awards
Alum named Journalist of the Year

Maria Papadopoulos, MA '01, has been named Journalist of the Year by the New England Press Association. Maria, a reporter at The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass., also took home the top awards for video and religion reporting at the annual awards dinner. The judges hailed her “impressive versatility in both subject matter and medium.”

Nate Beeler
Alum receives editorial cartooning award

Nate Beeler, ’02, received the 2008 Clifford K Berryman and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Student's career began as a fellow

Keosha Johnson, '08, kicked-off her career as fellow of NBC’s News Associates program.

David Gregory
Alums work together on same show at NBC

David Gregory (left), SIS/BA '92, has been tapped as the new moderator of Meet the Press, where he will join executive producer Betsy Fischer, SOC/MA '96, whose contract has been renewed by NBC.

Alum named White House correspondent

Dan Lothian, MA ’88, has been named White House correspondent for CNN based in the network's Washington, D.C., bureau.

Alum covers Mumbai attacks

During the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Marukh Inayet, MA '03, reported live from the Taj Hotel for some 62 hours while the siege raged. Media critics praised her work, and Time published a photo of Inayet (left) on its website.

Patrick Butler, Former Vice President, The Washington Post Company
Alum's documentary airs on PBS

Medal of Honor, a documentary co-produced by Pat Butler, MA '96, Ken Burns and Roger Sherman is airing on PBS stations across the country this month.

Professor Carolyn Brown

Professor Carolyn Brown

Prof Provides Commentary on National Security

Assistant Professor Carolyn Brown appeared on CBS Evening News to speak about the rise of militia groups in the United States. Brown was also a guest on the Diane Rehm Show.

SOC Alumna Maria Papadopoulos wins awards for journalism.

SOC Alumna Maria Papadopoulos wins awards for journalism.

SOC Alumna Takes Home Journalism Awards

Maria Papadopoulos, SOC/MA '01, a reporter at The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass., took home first place honors in transportation reporting and second place honors in the video category at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s 2009 Better Newspaper Contest in Boston on Feb. 5. Her transportation package focused on a series of fatal pedestrian accidents and the hazards of jaywalking. She also took second place in the video category for Ambushed by Illness which focused on Army Specialist James Bowlby, 24, of Lakeville, Mass. who died in 2008 from a medical disorder that his family suspects might have been linked to his wartime service in Iraq. Read about past awards Papadopoulos has won

David Johnson is a professor at the American University School of Communication

Professor's blog ranks high in competition

David Johnson's blog, Twitter Vote Report, took second place in the "Creative" category at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications 2009 Web Competition.

 

Journalism Students Need More than Writing Skills

Today, simply being a great writer falls short of the skills journalism students need to succeed. Now, they have to be able to write, design graphics, shoot and edit videos and photos, and take on a whole host of other multimedia platform skills Jill Olmstead, journalism division director at the School of Communication, told the Washington Business Journal. "There will always be a need for storytellers to gather information and boil it down," she said, a fact underscored by SOC alumnus Steve Dorsey, who nabbed a broadcast reporting job after he graduated in December 2008.