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SOC Sylvia Carignan interns for Washington Post

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Dean's Intern Sylvia Carignan was hired on contract by The Washington Post after graduation May 2012.

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SOC students work in the Post newsroom, conduct surveys for youth perspective, and liberate public information for data-driven journalism. Dean's Interns report on education, social issues and local government earning bylines in the newspaper and on washingtonpost.com. Building on success, the alliance now includes all of AU.

Student Benefits

  • Student reporters earn over 240 bylines this year in print and online.
  • Post pays Dean's Interns ($100 weekly) and graduate fellows ($30k yearly) for newsroom reporting.
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Dean's Council member and alumna Lorraine Chichowski, Sr VP & CIO at AP, created a distinguished summer fellowship program for SOC graduate students. Now in its 4th year, SOC students work with AP's next generation video platforms to provide rapid access to worldwide HD video footage.

  • High-profile Dean's Internship for technology associate @ AP's NYC headquarters
  • Student earns $1,200 per week
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Film & media arts production students produce short videos for NG's Virtual Studio project. Students combine footage shot in the field by NG scientists and explorers with their own video and graphic design. The videos are seen on NG's YouTube channel and website.

  • Interviews with Nat Geo explorers and scientists
  • Student get production credits with prestigious NG branding
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Hidden Gems, Flavortones and Free in DC are among the successful series SOC students created and produced for NBC4 over five programming seasons. This fall, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd will talk with students and faculty on American Forum, an SOC studio production airing on NBC's digital channel and online.

  • Over 90 students in past 3 years involved in producing NBC4 programs.
  • Many continue at NBC for summer employment and internships
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Partnerships with the National Museum of American History and the Anacostia Community Museum offer students opportunities to produce video segments for Smithsonian websites. Film and anthropology students team up to create video profiles document life in marginalized DC area communities which are featured on WashPost.com.

  • Student productions on museum exhibits and community stories
  • Dean's Interns and Fellows receive credit on Smithsonian YouTube channel and website.
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SOC faculty work with USA TODAY to provide joint training sessions for editors & reporters transitioning to multi-platform digital media. Dean's Interns work at USA TODAY with video, social media and investigative reporting teams. Students also report for GANNETT covering Capitol Hill stories of regional interest to the company's local news operations.

  • Students produce video features to enrich online news coverage
  • Social media interns write blog posts to engage readers
  • Student journalists research and report for USA TODAY and Gannett.
SOC National Park Service (NPS) logo

In partnership with the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, NPS provides selected students who are interested in the environment, wildlife and climate change with opportunities to script, storyboard, shoot, and edit educational videos for NPS website & national park visitors.

  • Fellowships with NPS environment and climate change initiatives
  • Dean's Interns shoot videos on location in National Parks
  • NPS student production credits
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SOC is one of nine U.S. schools of communication, including NYU, USC & others, selected for the SONY Digital Media Academy, a partnership initiated by Sony Electronics to recognize institutions for their leadership in digital media technology. As the program expands, partnering schools will be provided with the latest in cutting-edge equipment.

  • Students have access to latest in digital production
  • $35,000 in SONY camera and audio equipment just awarded for use in SOC classes
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Worldwide PR agencies join SOC to sponsor 2012 Public Communication Awards: Edelman, Porter Novelli, Ogilvy, Wendt Partners, Weber Shandwick, Fleishman Hillard, Penn Schoen Berland, Spectrum Science, Ketchum, APCO Worldwide, H&K Strategies, GMMB, New Media Strategies, Granite Integrated Strategies and Hager Sharp. Sponsors judge their category, attend the dinner and provide a networking opportunity to students. PR classes develop strategic communication plans for Hilton, LivingSocial, Discovery Comm., etc.

  • Fellowships with Outreach Strategies and C.Fox Communications
  • Students win prizes and networking opportunities with Ketchum Mindfire
SOC World Bank Connect 4 Climate logo

SOC students and faculty participate in World Bank’s Connect4Climate program. Students from International Media program consult with C4C staff and director to brainstorm communication ideas for U.N. Rio+20 Sustainability Conference in Brazil. Leading SOC faculty spoke at World Bank's C4C's global online conference with over 250,000 web viewers.

  • Students have virtual seat at C4C table to discuss real world ideas.
  • Global experiences in how to effect change through communication.
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As part of our eight year partnership with the Newseum, SOC co-produces the highly successful Reel Journalism film series with Nick Clooney in the Newseum's Annenberg Theater. Celebrity guests have included Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, George Clooney, Bob Schieffer, David Gregory, George Stephanopoulos and Juan Williams.

  • Dean's Internships in social media and research with Newseum Broadcast Department.
  • Tickets to Reel Journalism events with renown journalists
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In SOC's high-definition Media Production Center, students and faculty help produce Link TV’s weekly LinkAsia TV news program; Latin Pulse, a weekly podcast; and the ViewChange documentary series. Link TV is a national network that provides diverse perspectives on global and national issues and brings recognition and funding to AU.

  • Hands-on experience in professional TV studio and control room recording in-studio segments
  • On-air student credit on national programs
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A leading source of legal, regulatory and business information, BNA provides SOC fellowships for experienced graduate students to work with their network of 2,500 reporters & experts who specialize in business news & analysis for clients.

  • Specialized business reporting options
  • $24,000 graduate fellowship
  • 18 credits of tuition remission
SOC Embassy flags

Prestigious Embassy partnerships leverage AU's capital location through alliances with La Maison Francaise, Mexican Cultural Institute, Embassy of Spain, Czech Republic, EuroAsia Film Festival and others. Students and faculty are invited to attend international cultural events with world renowned filmmakers.

  • Invitations to Embassy events
  • International film screenings at AU and DC cultural centers
  • Discounted tickets to film festivals
SOC Center for Public Integrity (CPI)

CPI is a research organization that concentrates on ethics and public service issues. CPI and SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop produce original, responsible investigative journalism. CPI provided support to IRW in its launch of Investigating Power, a project that documents "truth to power" moments and the distinguished journalists behind them.

  • Graduate fellowships allow students to explore their interests in investigative journalism
  • Credit remission and stipends available
SOC New America Media

New America Media is the nation's oldest and largest collaborative of ethnic media. The SOC-NAM partership has twice produced the D.C. Regional Ethnic Media Awards and has established student reporting and research projects on ethnic media for NAM's national website and directory.

  • Students learn about this growing sector of immigrant and minority media.
  • Student internships and jobs at New America Media and ethnic media outlets
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Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit & nonpartisan organization, uses the power of the Internet to further openness and transparency in government. Students learn about activities of Congressional representatives and use new tools and resources to analyze data and write stories that may help to reduce corruption.

  • Dean's Interns write posts for Sunlight Foundation website.
  • Students work at intersection of media, policy, and government.