School of Media and Public Affairs

Students looking at a video camera screen

The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) explores how ideas and information are communicated and how people inform and influence policy and politics. We do this through the rigorous study of media, journalism, and political communication – and we do it in a city that is the epicenter of decision-making for our nation and the world.

SMPA succeeds by achieving the right balance of the scholarly and the practical. Our faculty members advance their fields while guiding students to find their life’s work. We successfully compete with far wealthier universities; in boxing terms, we fight above our weight.

To remain in a leadership position, however, and to better compete for top students, we need additional resources for our people and our programs. 

Support SMPA

To learn more:

Where to Give

Matt Rist in the SMPA building recipent of Power and Promise fund

Support Future Leaders of the Media

The SMPA Power & Promise Fund enables us to educate the very best undergraduates regardless of their financial status. Prizes are awarded for student achievement in reporting, academics, and original and meaningful journalism in print, video, audio, photography, or multimedia.

Help students pursue their academic goals
Photo of The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics edited by SMPA professor Kerric Harvey

Keep Courses Current

Our faculty not only imparts knowledge about political communication and journalism – they create it. Faculty need time to develop new courses and to keep existing ones current – a necessity in the fast-paced fields of political communication and journalism.

Keep us ahead of the curve
Students work at a control consol in the GW TV Studio

Change the World

SMPA has clusters of expertise in several areas, including new communication technologies. Our centers and institutes generate cutting-edge research, host important gatherings of scholars and industry practitioners, and provide practical laboratories for students to hone their skills.

Enhance our present and future space