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Investigate. Innovate. Inform. Now is the time, SOC is the place.

Here in the nation's capital — where local news is national, or even international — you will have unprecedented opportunities to report on the top issues of the day while working side by side with professional media outlets. Award-winning faculty come to campus to teach from The Washington Post, Bloomberg BNA, Gannett, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, NBC, ABC and NPR. We embed students on the Washington Post investigative team where they work alongside professionals, contributing to in-depth, published projects. Our state-of-the-art studios and equipment will give you professional reporting experience. The Media Innovation Lab features an HD television studio and broadcast newsroom.

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MA in Journalism & Public Affairs

Focus your career in investigative, broadcast, or international journalism.

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MA in Journalism & Digital Storytelling

Take your career to the next level by learning new ways to share stories and create impact with technology.

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BA in Journalism

Start your career with an impressive multimedia portfolio and a strong skillset in writing and reporting.

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Chuck Lewis - The Investigator

"We need people that care about our society, and think that facts and information matter. And somebody's got to watch those in power, bottom line." 

Professor Chuck Lewis, Executive Editor of the SOC Investigative Reporting Workshop shares his thoughts on why training the next generation of investigative journalists matters.

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In the midst of a pandemic, our students continued to do their excellent work. Terry Bryant's class continued to produce a newscast -- about Covid-19 -- entirely remotely.

Leading data journalism professor Jennifer LaFleur created a new class called The Data of Divides, which focuses on using statistics and mapping to execute data-driven investigations around disparities and discrimination. 

Students have received 2020-21 fellowships with the Center for Public Integrity and The Washington Post.

The AU Pulitzer Center Fellowship, a partnership run by SOC professor Bill Gentile, named graduate student Emily Hayes as its next fellow.

Jill Olmsted's podcasting class produced an impeachment podcast that was named as a region-2 finalist for the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards.

Profs. Jeremiah Patterson and Sherri Williams led a Culture of Collaboration event with student media to discuss how staffers can collaborate on inclusive stories and amplify the work.

Breanna Edwards (SOC, BA '12), editor for news, politics and issues at Essence magazine, spoke to Prof. Sherri Williams' class.

Prof. Sherri Williams is leading a national student journalism project with The Nation and her students are contributing intersectional stories about the election.

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SOC Professors Get Creative to Teach, Create Community Online

SOC professors are working to teach, support students, and preserve community online during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Graduate Student Receives AUSOC-White House Correspondents' Association Investigative Journalism Award

The award, launched last year, is given to an undergraduate or graduate student in journalism at SOC who shows promise in the field of investigative journalism. The funding comes equally from the WHCA and AU.

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Investigative Symposium 2020


Symposium Gives Insight Into the Future of Investigative Broadcast Journalism

In today’s digital age, students and industry professionals alike are constantly wondering what the future of investigative broadcast journalism will look like.

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Students at the New Hampshire primaries 2020


AU Students Fan Out Across NH, SC to Cover Primaries

The events capped off a nonstop week of reporting for 24 AU students enrolled in Presidential Primaries, a course offered every four years by SOC and SPA. Now in its fourth cycle, the class featured a new twist this year: South Carolina.

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