SOC Journo Update

Alum covers #MeToo in Hollywood

Cara Kelly (SOC/MA '11) co-led a reporting project at USA TODAY's Life section investigating sexual misconduct in Hollywood. The project found that 94 percent of women surveyed say they've experienced harassment or assault.

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Susca talks best practices on covering school threats, with WUSA9

Professor Margot Susca appeared on Off Script with Bruce Johnson to discuss best journalistic ethical practices when it comes to reporting school threats. The D.C.-based CBS affiliate is rethinking how it covers school threats.

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Tapping into Jake Tapper

Graham Vyse (SOC/MA '13) dug into what makes CNN's Jake Tapper so appealing — to liberals and conservatives alike. His feature led The New Republic's homepage and explored Tapper's draw.

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CNN political reporter Dan Merica pinpoints a reporter's most important skill

SOC caught up with Dan Merica (SOC/MA '11) to talk everything from covering the Trump Administration to traveling with and reporting on Hillary Clinton's campaign to how SOC prepared him for success as a journalist in the field.

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Sharing resume, portfolio secrets with students

Professor Jeremiah Patterson appeared on a panel hosted by SOC sharing tips and tricks for creating a resume and building an online portfolio. SOC Graduate Admissions and the AU Career Center coordinated the event. Other panelists included Bhumika Tharoor, CNN recruiter, and Priscilla Alvarez, politics editor at The Atlantic.

SOC has impact at Newseum's #MeToo summit on interns in the workplace

Journalism senior Shira Stein, sophomore Cordilia James and Division Director Amy Eisman all appeared on a panel at the Newseum Institute's Power Shift Project looking at what employers should know to ensure workplace integrity for students in the era of #metoo. Shira and Cordilia were congratulated for their contribution.

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  • Professor Jane Hall was quoted in The Washington Post about news coverage of the Parkland shooting.
  • Professor Margot Susca appeared on a panel at George Mason University's Center for the study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution on the role of narrative in civic journalism and deliberative democracy.
  • Professors Jill Olmsted and Jane Hall were quoted in Mic about media coverage of Sam Nunberg, after he said he was refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury.
  • Professor Jane Hall was quoted in The Washington Post about a retracted Fox News story on Seth Rich.

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