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Investigate. Innovate. Inform.

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. 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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Inside the Trump Presidency

What's it like to cover the White House in one of the most dynamic periods of American journalism?

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Degrees & Programs

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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.

Bringing Emmy-Winning News to Nashville

At first, I was in disbelief, then shock and awe since it was my first Emmy win.

Arrandondo currently files reports for WSMV early evening newscasts and occasionally fills in on the anchor desk for their morning and noon newscasts. She previously worked as a reporter at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, TN and also worked as a weekend anchor and reporter at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, OH.

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Our Network

2018 MA graduate Mawal Sidi at White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Over the past year, SOC has hosted top journalists including:

  • Former Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas
  • Washington Post Editor Martin Baron
  • CNN's Jake Tapper
  • ABC News Senior White House Correspondent and SOC alumna Cecilia Vega
  • NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker
  • Washington Post White House reporter and SOC MA alumna Seung Min Kim
  •  We embed students on the Washington Post investigative team where they work alongside professionals, contributing to in-depth, published projects.
  • We leverage our long-standing relationships with NPR, NBC, CNN, CBS, Vox, National Geographic, Bloomberg BNA, USA TODAY and many more to provide you with exceptional internship, fellowship and career opportunities.

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Lauren Lumpkin


Accomplished Alumna Returns to SOC as Washington Post Fellow

Lauren Lumpkin is returning to AU this fall for her Masters in Journalism in Public Affairs.

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Chuck Todd talks with Professor Jane Hall on stage at the latest American Forum


NBC's Chuck Todd Joins SOC for Latest American Forum

On October 10th, NBC News Political Director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joined SOC and Professor Jane Hall for a conversation about the latest explosive developments in news and politics.

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Professor Celebrates 30 Years at “Treasure Trove" SOC

Professor Jill Olmsted says the most rewarding part of her AU career has been seeing the success of her former students.

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White House Correspondents' Association


WHCA and AU Announce Scholarship Focused on Investigative Reporting

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a student in journalism at the School of Communication who shows promise in the field of investigative journalism.

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