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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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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Team at Washington Post Includes SOC Students

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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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Rick Davis

Students in American University School of Communication (AU SOC) Professor Jane Hall’s journalism and media studies classes recently enjoyed a virtual chat with CNN legend and AU alum Rick Davis and recent SOC alum Mawal Sidi. The lively discussion ranged from the current state of political journalism to career advice for soon-to-be grads. Read more

A number of American Universty alumni are covering the White House. Newly named ABC Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega (SOC, BA '99); Ed O’Keefe (SPA, BA '05), as Senior White House and Political Correspondent for CBS; Courtney Rozen (SOC, BA '18, MA '19) as White House Correspondent for Bloomberg Government; Nikki Schwab (SOC, MA '07), Senior U.S. Political Reporter for the Daily Mail; and Seung Min Kim, (SOC, MA '09), continues as White House Reporter for the Washington Post.

An article by AU SOC Washington Post Fellow Lola Fadulu tackling one of most important topics of the year — the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine landed on the paper's front page. Fadulu covers Health for the Metro desk.

Investigative Reporting Workshop fellow Austin Ramsey and other interns, fellows and student journalists, including those graduate students in our spring Washington Post practicum led by IRW Senior Editor and Post reporter John Sullivan, are helping the Post track the coronavirus.

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, held an inspiring conversation with AU students about Donald Trump, the 2020 election and her work reporting on, and dealing with, issues of race and gender in media and politics. Professor Jane Hall moderated the event, co-produced by SOC and the Kennedy Political Union, with questions from editors of campus publications the Blackprint, the Eagle and Visible. Read more

Students have received 2020-21 fellowships with the Investigative Reporting Workshop (Austin Ramsey), the Center for Public Integrity (Kimberley Cautadella) and The Washington Post (Lola Fadulu).

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From left: Thomas Groom, Skye Witley, Clare Mulroy, Rodger Streitmatter.*


Journalism Division Celebrates 2022 Student Awards and Honors

Graduating seniors Clare Mulroy and Skye Witley were honored for their outstanding scholarship and dedication to the field of journalism.

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Dr. Sherri Williams


Journalism Professor Wins NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year Award

Dr. Sherri Williams, assistant professor in race, media and communication, received the award because of her teaching and partnerships with national media outlets that published her students’ work and amplified their stories nationally.

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Skye Witley


2022 AU SOC WHCA Investigative Journalism Scholarship Awarded to Skye Witley

The award includes $5,000 shared by SOC and the WHCA, invitations to an April 29 awards luncheon and the prestigious April 30 WHCA awards dinner, and a mentorship with a member of the White House press corps.

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