SOC Journo Update

Will young people tip the balance in the midterm elections?

Professor Jane Hall moderated and produced with SOC and WAMU an American Forum on young people and the midterm elections that will air on WAMU 88.5 public radio on Oct. 30 from 9-10 p.m.

This program was a months’ long project built around young people and the midterm elections — not only exploring whether they will vote, but also what issues they care about and whether they think politicians and the media are listening to them.

Panelists included Seung Min Kim, (SOC MA) and White House reporter for The Washington Post who covers Trump and covered the Kavanaugh hearings; Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, and Republican pollster David Winston.

Explore the new American Forum website and learn more.

Inside the Trump Presidency: ABC’s Cecilia Vega on covering the White House

What's it like to cover the White House in one of the most dynamic periods of American journalism? Cecilia Vega, senior White House correspondent for ABC News and SOC alumna, shed unique light on that topic, sharing insights on everything from the unprecedented and unpredictable nature of President Donald Trump’s administration to locking horns with the commander in chief on national television. 

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AU School of Communication celebrates 25 years

AU alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Oct. 16 to mark the 25th anniversary of SOC as an independent school and the generations of making media that matter. Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer of the award-winning crime and justice series 48 Hours, was honored at the event with the SOC Dean's Award. 

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Investigative Spotlight

Here at SOC, we’ve been teaching investigative journalism for more than a decade, with an investigative track for graduate students since 2013; home to the Investigative Reporting Workshop since 2008; and the only university to have a Frontline production unit embedded in the school.

In honor of our 10+ year commitment to investigative journalism, we'll be featuring investigative journalists and their work. Do you have an AU SOC investigative journalist to recommend? Get in touch

SOC alumna uncovers the numbers behind #MeToo

Over the past year, Hollywood repeatedly made headlines with high-profile stories of sexual assault and abuse by powerful men such as Harvey Weinstein. The number of revelations in the wake of the #MeToo movement led USA TODAY to survey hundreds of women working in Hollywood to get an idea of how prevalent sexual assault is in the industry.

The result: 94 percent of respondents said they’d experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault in their careers.​

Cara Kelly, a 2011 journalism and public affairs alumna and enterprise reporter for USA TODAY, developed the idea for the project.

“It led to a series with a half-dozen stories, plus incredible video and audio components, that wrapped just last week,” Kelly said.

The #MeToo movement opened Kelly’s eyes to investigative reporting, she said, and now she is transitioning to a new role on USA TODAY’s investigative team.​

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Journalism professor wins award for mentoring scholars, researchers of color

Professor Sherri Williams was awarded the Karla Holloway Mentoring Award by the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research for her work mentoring students outside of the classroom and through student journalism programs, such as the ELLE Scholars and Black on Campus. The nominators testified to her dedication through frank editing; modeling and encouraging authentic storytelling; and sharing her keen expertise on journalism and pop culture.

Journalists, academics collaborate at Mind to Mind symposium

Mind to Mind 2018 was the second symposium aimed at bringing together researchers and reporters to discuss America’s workforce. It was sponsored by Reveal in collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and American University’s School of Communication.​

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Unanswered questions draw journalist to El Salvador as AU-Pulitzer Fellow

Next year, Kristian Hernandez (SOC MA, '18) plans to travel to El Salvador to film a documentary project for the Pulitzer Crisis Center, where he is the 2018-19 SOC AU fellow. He'll be reporting about the families and gravesites of two migrants workers whose bodies he helped identify and return in 2017.

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Teachers find fake news fighting game useful in the classroom

A game designed to help readers identify fake news is helping teachers in the classroom, where they're teaching students to spot the real from fake. “Factitious,” was launched with a simple question by Adjunct Professor Maggie Farley: “What if we could build a game to see if people could tell if an online story was real or fake?”

Keep reading or play the game.

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Latinos and the Midterm Elections. Join Antoine Sanfuentes & Boris Sanchez from CNN, Fernando Pizarro from Univision, Lori Montenegro from Telemundo, Patricia Guadalupe, the president of the NAHJ DC Chapter and Eric Hershberg from CLALS. More info.

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