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Journalism: Awards and Achievements

Joe Campbell

Getting It Right

Journalism professor Joe Campbell accepts the "Research about Journalism" award from the Society of Professional Journalists, at the SPJ's awards program September 2011 in New Orleans

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SOC Announces Innovative Investigative Practicum with Washington Post 

SOC in partnership with The Washington Post and the Investigative Reporting Workshop has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist John Sullivan to leverage the strengths of each institution to prepare students for their future work in investigative journalism. "Investigative Reporting Practicum" will be offered beginning in fall 2013 and will be available exclusively to SOC graduate journalism students. Read more

SOC Lynh Bui academic fellow

Lynh Bui Wins Merriman

Journalism graduate student and Washington Post fellow Lynh Bui was selected as the 2013 winner of the Merriman Award, an honor named in memory of the CBS news writer John Merriman who was president of the Writers Guild-East.

Ted Roach and Lagan Sebert

Meet the AU Alumni Behind Ke$ha's Upcoming MTV Series

When Lagan Sebert (SOC/MA '08) began to document his sister Ke$ha's rise to fame in 2010, he had no idea that his inside look at his sister's career and life would become a highly anticipated series on MTV. "Every day you struggle to come up with a new story. I came to the realization that the best story I was aware of was happening right in front of me in my family," says Sebert, who was working as a video journalist for the Financial Times when he started the project. Read more

Carolyn Brown, Professor of Communication

Professor Showcases Latino Success Story in New Film

Carolyn Brown's award-wining documentary From the Fields: An American Journey recorded NBC journalist Damian Trujillo's journey from Mexico to America. Brown and Trujillo are now touring the country screening the film.


Susan Zirinsky

Zirinsky, Member of "Divine Sisterhood" 

Susan Zirinsky is a member of the "Divine Sisterhood" of "women who changed the media business in the past 40 years" according to Columbia Journalism Review. She's in excellent company; CNN's Cristiane Amanpour, Arianna Huffington, Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey also made the list. CJR cited the fact that she was the first woman to produce a prime-time network news show, 48 Hours, for CBS, but that's just one of her impressive accomplishments. Read more

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Kat Aaron Receives Prestigious Fellow

Kat Aaron, project editor of What Went Wrong, has been named as an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2012. The prestigious Patterson fellowship will allow Aaron to continue her reporting into the functioning of the nation's civil courts system. Aaron is one of six journalists awarded the Patterson fellowship for 2012. Read More

Luz Lazo is the first Washington Post/SOC Fellow. She will receive full tuition and a $30,000 stipend.
Grad Student Selected for 2012 Women Immigrants Fellowship Program

Graduate journalism student and SOC Washington Post fellow Luz Lazo was selected by New America Media as one of 10 fellows for its 2012 Women Immigrants  Fellowship Program. The fellowship, sponsored by Atlantic  Philanthropies, aims to expand news reporting on the intersection of  immigration and gender. Fellows will meet for a two-day training in  Washington, D.C. and will produce stories later this year that will be published on New America Media and  in their own media outlets.

Prof Jane Hall Quoted in Politico

Professor Jane Hall was quoted in Politico speaking about Fox News' attempt to shift its news back to the center rather than the right. Read More

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Professor Partners with LinkTV's "Latin Pulse"

Professor Rick Rockwell has revived "Latin Pulse," Link TV's public affairs program about Latin America and have re-engineered the program as an online podcast. Watch Video

Lost in Detention
Lost in Detention

Stay tuned for the upcoming broadcast on immigration detention next month, where among other things, we explore how new Obama administration policies affect the children of illegal immigrants in the U.S. This co-production of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and FRONTLINE includes the work of faculty and student researchers. It aired on Oct. 18, 2011. Read more

Detail from the cover of Getting It Wrong.
Getting It Wrong Wins National SPJ Award

W. Joseph Campbell's book, Getting It Wrong, is the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Sigma Delta Chi award for Research about Journalism. Read More

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Students, Project featured in New York Times article

American University students involved in the project “Growing up in the Shadow of 9/11" were featured in a New York Times article as well as the their project.
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SOC Steve Piacente

Alumni Connect on Local Talk Show

Professor Steve Piacente was interviewed by fellow AU alumna Natasha Barrett about his novel Bella on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live. Watch clip

Two SOC students win ANWC scholarships

The American News Women’s Club has awarded SOC students Stefanie Dazio and Sareen Hairabedian scholarships for 2011. The aspiring journalism scholars each received $3,000 awards at the 2011 ANWC 17th Annual Gala and Tribute April 7 honoring public radio pioneer Diane Rehm. Dazio is a double major in print journalism and CLEG , and Managing Editor for News at AU’s The Eagle and a contributing writer to the Student Press Law Center.  Hairabedian is majoring in Film & Media Arts.  A Jordanian of Armenian origin, she is living alone in the US for study, and hopes to bring a unique lens to her films. Her goal is to raise awareness of social issues by telling individual stories with her camera.

Social Media Stars

American University seniors Alex Priest and Ethan Klapper’s social media skills helped launch their post-college careers well before their graduation featured an upcoming social media conference Priest helped organize, and he participated in Twestival — an event that uses Twitter to fund-raise for charities. MediaBistro/FishbowlDC featured Klapper after National Journal hired him as an online editor.

SOC Alumna Janet Rodriguez poses with her most recently won Regional Emmys.
Alum Wins 4 Emmys in 2 Years

For most, winning four Emmy awards would be an impressive accomplishment for a lifetime of work, but AU alumna Janet Rodriguez, SOC/BA ’06, has earned a lifetime’s worth of Emmys in a mere two years and shows no signs of slowing down. Working for the Phoenix affiliate of Telemundo, the world’s second-largest producer of Spanish-language television programming, Rodriguez has won regional Rocky Mountain Emmy awards for her intrepid reporting on local issues. Read More.

Professor Praises Broder in Editorial

Professor Richard Benedetto wrote about the late Washington Post reporter David Broder for,  "He wasn't out to indoctrinate or proselytize his readers.  He was out to provide them with solid and well-researched information with which they could make decisions for themselves."  Read more