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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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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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SOC's 2023 Fellowship Winners


Fellowship Winners Eager to Hone Skills, Tell Stories of Impact at Top Media Organizations

Meet the 2023 Journalism & Public Affairs Master's degree fellows.

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Portrait of Wesley Lowery in the McKinley Building


Award-Winning Journalist Wesley Lowery Joins American University School of Communication

Wesley Lowery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author, widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading journalists covering issues of law enforcement, race and justice, has joined American University.

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Erin Logan LA Times Reporter


A Conversation with LA Times Reporter and Alumna Erin Logan

LA Times reporter and alumna Erin Logan talks to AU SOC about her journey to the White House, her day-to-day life, and how identity shapes her work.

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