SOC Journo Update

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Impeachment Inquiry

Studying journalism at SOC means our students have front-row access to Washington — gaining real-world experience covering the seats of power.

As the impeachment inquiry unfolds, our students are finding fresh angles and reporting on developments with unique perspectives. Read their coverage.

Read our students' coverage on The Wash

Here's a roundup of stories we're publishing on The Wash, our Journalism Division publication:

Can impeachment pacify political tensions?
Professor who predicts presidential elections says impeachment would stabilize political disruption.

Grassroots movement forges ahead
Pro-impeachment organizations urge direct action.

Is impeachment still front-page news around the world? Depends on where you live.
Non-stop coverage here is not always non-stop coverage around the globe.

Media organizations make high-speed decisions during high-speed coverage
Media expert: ‘No one remembers who was first, they just remember who was wrong.’

PODCAST: The impeachment inquiry of Donald J. Trump
Our graduate journalism students talk with experts from academia, the media and law about this historic time.

Read More Coverage

Chuck Todd talks impeachment and 2020 with SOC

Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” joined a packed house for a conversation moderated by Prof. Jane Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10 at SOC. The two talked all things about the unfolding impeachment inquiry, the future of democracy and how the news today is a "national nightmare." He also made a case for some wildcard 2020 candidates and why politics today is like "Back to the Future."

Watch highlights from the event.

There's no crying in newsrooms: real stories from women at the top of journalism

There's no Crying in Newsrooms co-authors and top educators Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace on Oct. 3 shared what it takes to lead in the newsroom, along with Lisa Matthews (Associated Press) and Cory Haik (VICE). The event was co-sponsored by SOC Journalism and the Women & Politics Institute. Betsy Fischer Martin, the institute's Executive Director, moderated.

New SOC book: Tools for Podcasting

Prof. Jill Olmsted recently launched her open-education resource called Tools for Podcasting. This practical guide navigates the technology and best practices in an easy-to-understand handbook. It includes audio and video examples and video tutorials discussing editing software, vocal delivery, promotion ideas and more.

Visit the website and get the free book.

New SOC book: Mosaic ~ Race, Gender & Sexuality in American Media

Prof. Rodger Streitmatter’s latest book has just been released. Mosaic ~ Race, Gender & Sexuality in the American Media explores the role the media play in shaping the public’s attitudes with regard to diversity and inclusion.

Each of the 18 chapters focuses on a specific news topic, TV show or film that sends messages about race, gender and/or sexuality. The chapters describe the respective media product while also identifying and discussing some of the messages that product sends.

Get the book.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. teaching opinion writing class

This fall, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. joined SOC as a visiting scholar. He is teaching a section of the Opinion Writing class. Pitts is well equipped for this work – besides a 43-year career in writing, he was the recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, among many other awards.

Pitts started his career in the 1970s as a music writer and critic for magazines and the Miami Herald, where he transitioned to writing an opinion column in 1994. This syndicated weekly column is one the most widely read of its type in the country, and nabbed Pitts his Pulitzer in 2004. It covers “pretty much everything,” according to Pitts, including “issues of race, gender, sexuality, religion, politics and morality.”

Keep reading.

Award-winning reporter joins SOC as first Investigative Broadcaster in Residence

To hold the powerful accountable and give voice to the voiceless – that is the professional philosophy of Chris Halsne, who has been an investigative journalist for 32 years.

Halsne joined SOC this fall as the inaugural Investigative Broadcaster in Residence, where he will help create an investigative broadcast curriculum and teach a class on the topic.

Halsne, who comes to SOC from FOX31 in Denver, has a long career investigating controversial issues. In Denver, he led a seven-person special projects reporting team. Prior to that, he worked in Washington state, Oklahoma, and Missouri reporting and producing. He has won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, several National Press Club Consumer Journalism awards, and multiple regional Murrow and Emmy honors.

Keep reading.

Accomplished alumna returns to SOC as Washington Post Fellow

Lauren Lumpkin excelled during her time as a Public Relations/ Strategic Communication undergraduate at SOC.

She was the undergraduate speaker for the 2018 SOC commencement ceremony and part of Black on Campus, an investigative reporting program for black college students. She was also editor-in-chief of The Blackprint, a publication founded by the American University Association of Black Journalists.

Although Lumpkin never thought she would go back to school, she decided to return to SOC to get her MA in Journalism and Public Affairs because she had great connections with the faculty.

Keep reading.

2019-20 CPI Fellow brings experience to the role

Alexandra Ellerbeck has joined Center for Public Integrity this fall as the 2019 SOC fellow, further building on an established track record working with journalism-related nonprofits. Concurrently, she will complete her MA in journalism and public affairs at SOC.

“Working in press freedom and free expression for the last five years has given me a profound appreciation for the watchdog role of journalists,” Ellerbeck said, of her last few years of work. “I plan to continue advocating for the rights of journalists as I join the profession.”

Keep reading.

Journalism Division Director Amy Eisman features work by SOC alumni and current journalism students on a Brag Board outside her office.

Other Updates

  • The popular Presidential Primaries course is back — taking dozens of students to New Hampshire and South Carolina to cover critical early season primaries.
  • Oct. 23 the Student Media Board is hosting a panel on campus with SOC alums called Diversity in Media
  • Visible, a new LGBTQ+ publication on campus, launched this fall. Read about it in The Eagle.
  • Cordilia James, right, (SOC, BA Dec. '19), reported on-air for WAMU about the late Rep. Elijah Cummings' impact on area journalists.
  • On Nov. 6, the director of Voice of America, Amanda Bennett, will speak at AU about global free-press issues. Please join us!

Covering 2020?

Let us know if your internship or job is involved with 2020 election coverage. We want to talk to you for inclusion in a future newsletter.

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