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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 — our students 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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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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Communications

Journalism Students Cover the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Professor Terry Bryant took eight of his journalism students to Puerto Rico to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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American University Professor Launches National Effort to Train Aspiring Black Journalists

SOC Professor Sherri Williams has teamed with The Nation to launch "Black On Campus" to train the next generation of black journalists.

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Communications

American Forum Engages Students around Midterm Elections

Students in professor Jane Hall’s Advanced Reporting class conducted interviews with students from DC-area colleges about the midterm elections.

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Communications

Shifting Focus from Investigative to Community Reporting

After a ProPublica fellowship focusing on hate crimes, covering local stories is a new challenge for Jerrel Floyd.

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