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.
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$3.2 Million Bequest Will Fund Professorship of Accountability in Journalism
In an effort to ensure accountability and accuracy are not left behind in the changing landscape of journalism, Char Beales, BA '73 and her husband, Howard Beales, have pledged $3.2 million to the GW School of Media and Public Affairs to fund the Char Beales Endowed Professorship of Accountability in Journalism.
SMPA Career Access Network
The new Career Access Network will support experiential learning through funded internships, encourage professional connections through networking events, and connect current students and alumni through a mentoring program.
Jaggar DeMarco, BA '16, Mei Yuen Hoover Scholarship
“This year, I had the most amazing opportunity to present an original speech at the 2014 Composing Disability student panel discussion. It was the first time I was able to present a work that I had written to peers, academics, and professionals working with people with disabilities.”
Recruit and Retain Renowned Faculty
Gifts to the SMPA help to attract and retain renowned faculty. Steven V. Roberts, the J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, covered important events over a decades-long career, and uses that experience to demonstrate real world lessons in responsible journalism.