SOC Journo Update

Watson receives prestigious Ida B. Wells Award

The National Association of Black Journalists has honored American University School of Communication Professor Dr. John Watson with the Ida B. Wells Award. 

The annual award, given jointly by NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism, goes to individuals who make exceptional efforts to make the journalism profession more diverse. It was presented at the group's annual convention on Friday, Aug. 3.

“Newsroom diversity, to me, is not primarily a social, political or moral value,” Watson said. “It is a professional value that is indispensable to our duty to identify important issues and report on them truthfully."

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2019 MA in Journalism & Public Policy cohort kicks off summer class

The incoming graduate students in the MA program in Journalism & Public Policy started their three-week "boot camp" class July 30. This intensive, hands-on training includes workshops in fundamentals, ethics and multimedia production, field trips and expert speakers, such as David Chalian (pictured), CNN's Political Director. 

Students and faculty attend NAHJ convention

Four students from SOC's newly formed National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) chapter attended this year’s NAHJ convention July 18-21 in Miami where they were joined by SOC professor and chapter advisor Bill Gentile. The convention features training sessions and workshops led by journalists of color. 

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Data Journalist-in-Residence elected to IRE board

Jennifer LaFleur has been elected to the Investigative Reporters & Editors Board of Directors. LaFleur is the data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and is the data journalist-in-residence at SOC. She has won numerous journalism awards for her coverage on issues relating to disability, legal and open government issues, and criminal justice.

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  • Derek Karikari (SOC/MA '04) was featured in American University Magazine about his busy role as an Associated Press producer who scours news sites and social media for video of unfolding stories.
  • Joshua Hatch (SOC/MA '09) is back at the Chronicle of Higher Education after the Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT. His new role is assistant managing editor, digital.
  • Professor Jane Hall was quoted in a Washington Post piece about how cable news banners have become a medium for presidential fact-checking.
  • Professor Sherri Williams and Anika Gupta, senior product manager at The Atlantic, are launching two new courses this fall. Williams will be teaching Identity, Power & Misrepresentation and Gupta will be teaching Engaging Digital Audiences. Read both course descriptions.


Professor and Journalism Division Director Amy Eisman and Taylor Shaw (SOC/MA '14) at NABJ conference in Detroit.

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