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Dean's Picks: Top 10 of Fall 2012

Evan Brown, a student in profesor Lenny Steinhorn's Campaign U class, finds the mechanics & machinations of the presidential campaigns

Evan Brown, a student in profesor Lenny Steinhorn's Campaign U class, finds the mechanics & machinations of the presidential campaigns "fascinating."

This fall, the election influenced everything from courses to internships, and SOC's DC location gave our students the chance to hear directly from big-name guest speakers, analyze the campaign for a local Fox affiliate and cover election day for major media outlets. SOC celebrated groundbreaking on its new home in a renovated McKinley, and AU bid farewell to journalism professor and co-founder of SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop Wendell Cochran. 

Read our Top Ten stories below, then check out some of our multimedia, including student produced videos and updates on the McKinley building.

Campaign U

Lights, Camera, Politics

Campaign U, Inside the War Room and the Newsroom gives politically engaged AU students the opportunity to learn, think, and analyze the history and culture behind the upcoming election.
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Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd and AU Students Talk Election 2012 for NBC

The MSNBC host fielded questions on immigration, voter turnout and media coverage at a recent American Forum. Read more



White House Student Reporters

SOC Students Take Their Skills to the White House

Film student Matthew Carter says, “Because of SOC, I have learned proper technique for filming and editing a news package, which was essential to working on a project as large as this.” Read more



Iris Krasnow

Lifetime Brings AU's Krasnow to TV Audiences

AU Professor and Author, Iris Krasnow inspires through her work and experience. Read more



Vjay Ravindran

Washington Post Chief Digital Officer Joins Group Advising Entrepreneurship Degree

Vijay Ravindran the latest media innovator joins an exciting group advising the new MA in Media Entrepreneurship at American University’s School of Communication. Read more


Speilberg's Lincoln

Recording the History in Spielberg’s "Lincoln"

AU film and audio technology professor Greg Smith brought D.C.'s historic sounds to Spielberg's Lincoln. Read more



Big Data
Big Data, Social Media, and the Elections

SOC professor Deen Freelon’s research analyzed responsiveness to Facebook posts made by the two 2012 presidential campaigns.
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Rachel Jacobs

Internship at the Washington Post an Unforgettable Experience

"I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but my experiences thus far have been beyond my expectations," said SOC Dean's Intern Rachel Jacobs. Read more


Dotty Lynch

Inspirational Professor Analyzes Role of Women in Election Results

Professor Dotty Lynch explore the issue "women and politics" in the new series: Conversations with AU’s Inspirational Women. Read more



Wendell Cochran

SOC Faculty in Residence Retires

Professor Wendell Cochran retires after 40 years in journalism. Read more




Wishes from SOC holiday video

Video of Digital News and Social Media students covering the 2012 election

SOC Style - A project for professor Scott Talan's Comm-100 class by the Media Monarchs group

McKinley groundbreaking photo slide show