Heather Caygle: SOC's Transportation Wonk
Pursuing stories and members of Congress around Capitol Hill is all in a day’s work for Heather Caygle. Read more
Journalism student Nadzeya Batson is one of several winners of the 2011 Ronald D. Asmus Freedom Journalism Contest which serves to promote U.S. graduate and undergraduate journalism students’ awareness of international affairs, particularly in connection with democracy promotion and human rights. Batson was the Multimedia Runner-Up for her audio story Struggling for Bits of Democracy. Listen here
Emily Roseman, a journalism student and Dean's Intern at USA TODAY, had her first by-line for USA TODAY for a full video she was able to edit for the video team. It ran with a full print article on the front page and center page of the paper.
Student's Story Nabs Front Page Slot
Gannett intern Cara Kelly's story about Rep. Steve Chabot sleeping in his congressional offices to beat DC rent rates earned her Page One placement in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Kelly, a graduate student at SOC, holds the Dean's Internship at Gannett.
The American Observer Wins Journalism Award
The American Observer, an online magazine produced by the American University School of Communication's graduate journalism program, won a Society of Professional Journalists Online News Marks of Excellence Award for "A City Divided." "Divided" was a special project taking an in-depth look at community tensions throughout Washington, D.C., during the city's mayoral election. Check it out here
The Eagle Nabs Journalism Award
The Eagle, American University's student newspaper, has won a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for General Reporting for Charlie Szold, Stefanie Dazio, and Julia Ryan.
SOC Profs Writing Chapters for Two-volume Encyclopedia/handbook on Gender and Women's Leadership
Recently WHYY network launched their new site, www.NewsWorks.org, a regional multimedia website dedicated to trusted journalism and smart dialogue. Before the launch, Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab, The Institue for Interactive Journalism at American University, was able to preview the site and give her initial opinions. Schaffer simply proclaimed, "Newsworks: I love it." Read more
Prof Opens Photo Archive to New AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
In the past, Professor Bill Gentile has travelled to Latin America and the Caribbean for United Press International and Newsweek Magazine. Recently, Gentile agreed to open his photo archive to the New AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. The photos include the time he spent covering Latin America and the Caribbean with images of the Salvadoran civil war, Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the U.S. invasions of Panama and Haiti, and much more. Read more
Class Creates Civil Rights Project for Gannett
Students in Professor Amy Eisman's Writing for Convergent Media class had a special challenge this spring: Create content relevant to Gannett's special site on Civil Rights. The students chose to tackle the new civil rights issues of today. They broke into teams -- one for text and video reporting, one to create a survey. The survey group conferred with Public Communications Professor Maria Ivancin, while the reporting team took to Washington, D.C.'s Mall for man-on-the-street interviews. Results of the semester-long project are here; students found that education is considered the No. 1 civil rights issue today. Nichelle Smith, Custom Content editor for Gannett's ContentOne, was impressed with how professionally the students handled the research and presentation. "The project blew me away," she wrote. So much so that Gannett’s ContentOne used content that students in Professor Amy Eisman’s Writing for Convergent Media class produced for the web. Read more