The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) will honor Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal, SOC/BA '86, in recognition of the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Leventhal will be joined by honorees from other outlets "who covered the attacks with essential and intrepid reporting".
Alum Wins Gracie Award for Documentary
The Board of Directors and Trustees of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation awarded FMA alum Richard Paul the esteemed Gracie Award for his audio documentary Rocketgirls and Astronettes in the Outstanding Documentary category. His submission was described as displaying superior quality in writing, production and programming. Read more
Alumna Reports from the Red Carpet
Giuliana Rancic, MA '97, E! News anchor, managing editor, author and star of a reality television show covered the red carpet at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. She reported live from awards shows for the E! News channel. Read more
American Observer receives "Best of" in Washington City Paper
The Washington City Paper listed the American Observer blizzard edition as the staff pick for "best snow day of 2010" in their "Best of DC" picks for 2010. Read more
Alumna Publishes Article for Huffington Post on Journalism Reinvention
Graduating from American University in '73 with a MA in Communication, Janet Janjigian has gone from producing for NBC News, to Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at MGM Studios to her own consulting business. Recently, in an article in the Huffington Post, Janjigian wrote about the ever-changing medium of journalism and how journalists are reinventing themselves in order to accommodate these changes. Read more
Alumni to Make Jump From "Good Morning America" to "World News"
Polson Kanneth graduated in 2005 with a BA in Journalism. Kanneth later went on to work for ABC's "Good Morning America" in DC, and now, he's making the move from "GMA" to "World News" in New York City. Recently, a party was thrown to send Kanneth off where ABC's Rick Klein and Amy Walter were spotted, in addition to other news network notables. Read more
SOC Alum Presents Research on Hair Braiding
PC alumna Arliene T. Penn presented her research at the 95th Annual Association of African American Life and History (ASALH) in October in Raleigh, N.C. Penn’s research focuses on the connection between West Africans and African Americans through hair braiding and how the art form intersects commerce and culture. She conducted her research in Columbia Heights, D.C. and Harlem, N.Y. in 2009 for an assignment in one of her AU Print Journalism classes. Penn also presented her work at the Annual Virginia Social Science Association Conference that was held at Virginia State University in March this past year.
Student's Coverage in Pakistan Shows Up In New York Times blog
Shaheryar Mirza, a former SOC student, works in Pakistan for Express 24/7, a nation-wide, 24-hour, English-language television news outlet. Recently, Mirza did a piece on the Pakistani reaction to the murder of a Pakistani politician in London, which later on, appeared on The New York Times blog, The Lede. Professor Bill Gentile, a former professor of Mirza’s corresponded with Mirza to ask him a series of questions about his work in Pakistan. Read The Lede and Gentile’s interview on the Foreign Correspondence Network.
Alumna Leaves USA Today to Join Ranks ofNational Journal
In 2008, Kathy Kiely graduated from American University with a Master’s degree in Interactive Journalism, and now, after over ten years of being with USA Today, Kiely has decided to join National Journal as their new Managing Editor for Politics. Read more
Columbia Journalism Review Profiles SOC Academic Centers
Alumna Tara Palmeri, BA '08, recently began working as a columnist for the New York Post’s splashy Page 6, leaving her previous job with the Washington Examiner’s gossip column, Yeas and Nays. Read more
Alum Launches New Form of Local Journalism
Jim Brady, BA '89, launched TBD.com, a new model for online journalism, in August. Brady is the editor of the new site that merges the coverage of more than 120 local bloggers with original reporting to provide ultra-local coverage of the Washington D.C. area. The project had already been generating buzz before its release from Nieman Journalism Lab and Poynter. Read more
Schaffer Awarded 2010 Manship Prize
Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at SOC, has been selected for the 2010 Manship Prize. The prize, sponsored by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and the school's Board of Visitors, is awarded to professionals journalists or others whose innovative work in or through media has advanced citizens' better understanding of and response to challenges in the public arena. Schaffer will accept the $1,000 stipend at a public event at LSU in the fall.
Student Named 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar
Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener, a junior political science major with a minor in communication, has been named a 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 toward a graduate education leading to a career in public service. Kelsey is one of 60 Truman Scholars selected from a nationwide pool of 576 candidates. Kelsey intends to pursue graduate training in law and public health in preparation for a career in health law, communications, and advocacy. Read more
Prof Awarded One-Month Residency in Prestigious Program
Professor Angie Chuang has been awarded a one-month residency by Jentel Artist Residency in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming for summer 2010. Chuang was chosen for the the selective program on the strength of a literary-journalism book manuscript centered on her 2004 reporting trip to Afghanistan. Read more
Professor Interviewed for Pulitzer Center's Project: Report
Recently, YouTube has teamed up with the Pulitzer Center to sponsor a series of videos, made possible by Sony and Intel, called Project: Report, which provides tips for those interested in journalism. For the first installment of the series, SOC's Professor William Gentile gave an interview where he discussed backpack journalism and what people who take part in it should bring to the field. Professor Gentile will be holding a Backpack Journalism workshop from Thursday, March 11 to Sunday, March 14, 2010 at the NBC News bureau in Washington, D.C. For details, contact Bill Gentile
The American Observer project took second place regionally for Online Feature Reporting at Society for Professional Journalists awards for the piece "Neon Lights and Jumbo Slice: The District after Dark" written by Arrien Davison. Read article
Olmsted Judges Bliss Award Competition
Jill Olmsted, School of Communication journalism division director and professor was one of the judges for this year's 2010 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education, which went to Dr. Phillip Jeter of Winston-Salem State University. Bliss, a long-time writer, producer and editor for CBS News, was known for his work with Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite and ended his career as an educator at American University which now houses the plaques bearing the award winners’ names. The award is given annually by the Radio-Television Journalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Prof's New Book Praised on DenverPost.com
The DenverPost.com praised communication professor W. Joseph Campbell’s book about media myths, Getting It Wrong. "Campbell's literate take on the media and their gazing at themselves in the mirror is an exquisitely researched and lively look at an industry that too often shines the light on itself more than it does on events and public figures,” wrote the reviewer. Read more
Alum Joins Politico as New Technology Reporter
Alum Tony Romm joined Politico as their new technology reporter, after working for The Hill. Follow Romm on Twitter
2010 Merriman Award Winner Selected
MA Broadcast major Philippa Levenberg was selected as the winner for the 2010 Merriman Award, which brings a $1,000 prize from the Writers Guild, East and a trip to NYC for the 62nd Annual Writers Guild Awards at the Hudson Theatre on Feb. 20th. Journalism Division Director Jill Olmsted said "Philippa exemplifies a committment to excellence in writing and journalism values and I expect she will have a long and inspired career." Philippa serves as a graduate assistant to Professor Chuck Lewis in the Investigative Reporting Workshop. She is also presently interning at Voice of America in the Afghan Service. This award is given annually by the Writers Guild of America, East to anSOC graduate student. Read more