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IRW 10th anniversary

the investigative reporting workshop 10th anniversary celebrationthursday, april 18th at 6:30 pm 
Media innovation lab

Free, but reservations are required. 

Join Founding Executive Editor Charles Lewis and the Workshop’s editors, staff, student journalists, partners and supporters to celebrate 10 years of remarkable reporting and mentoring.

Enjoy food and drink with new friends and old. A brief multimedia program will feature investigation highlights from the past 10 years, reflections from interns, insights from our publishing partners, and a view of what’s ahead for the Workshop.

Since publishing its first story in 2009, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, an independent nonprofit newsroom based at American University’s School of Communication, has been an innovative leader in the vibrant and growing nonprofit news and investigative reporting sectors. We continue to work tirelessly to meet our democracy’s need for an informed electorate and transparency and accountability from its powerful institutions. Please join us to celebrate and learn more about this vital work.

Visions Awards

visions awardswednesday, may 8th at 7 pm malsi doyle and michael forman theater, mckinley building

Reservations are recommended. 

Celebrating its 40th year, the School of Communication's Vision Awards celebrates outstanding visual student work from both graduates and undergraduates. Highlighting the best in documentary, fiction, digital and new media, screenwriting and photography, the 2019 Visions Awards will take place on May 8 at 8 PM in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater.

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media pitching skills + cision certificationthursday, may 16th at 8:30 am 
school of communication 

In the competitive field of strategic communication and public relations, having the ability to successfully garner media attention is the key to professional success. “Media Pitching Skills + Cision Certification Class,” geared toward current PR professionals as well as those looking to enter the field, delivers access to skills that can give you the edge to succeed.

Taught by industry pro Dina Martinez, this hybrid (on-campus/online) class explores what makes a pitch newsworthy, how to build and maintain targeted media lists, write effective pitch emails, and practice pitching skills. Students will work independently online to engage with content before the class meets and then come to campus to participate in a half-day, intensive seminar.

Integrated into the course, which can be taken either for credit or non-credit, is 20 hours of online training to master marketing/PR software from Cision, one of the most widely used systems in the industry for tracking earned media performance.

  • 20 Hours of Online Training
  • 1 Credit Skills Course
  • Cision Certification

To apply for this course, please email with the following information and we will reply with instructions. 

  • Your name
  • Course name and number
  • Are you an AU student?

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Internet Governance Lab

ICA Preconference: Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries friday, may 24th at 9 am 
Malsi doyle and michael forman theater, mckinley building

Registration required. 

The AU Internet Governance Lab is hosting and sponsoring the International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference "Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries" on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. The event is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication and Technology Division; the ICA Communication Law and Policy Division; and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

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Each year the School of Communication hosts many exciting events including screenings, guest speakers, seminars, and receptions.

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SOC's McKinley building offers a host of event spaces available for rent, ranging from classrooms to a 144 seat theater with 4k projector.

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