School of Media and Public Affairs

The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) explores how ideas and information are

communicated and how people inform and influence policy and politics. We do this through the rigorous study of media, journalism, and political communication – and we do it in a city that is the epicenter of decision-making for our nation and the world.

SMPA succeeds by achieving the right balance of the scholarly and the practical. Our faculty members advance their fields while guiding students to find their life’s work. 

To remain in a leadership position, however, and to better compete for top students, we need additional resources for our people and our programs.

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SMPA Career Access Network helps students with internships, and connecting them with mentors and alums.

SMPA Career Access Network

The new Career Access Network will support experiential learning through funded internships, encourage professional connections through networking events, and connect current students and alumni through a mentoring program.

Help support our funding goal

Recruit and Retain Renowned Faculty

Gifts to SMPA help to attract and retain renowned faculty. Steven V. Roberts, the J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, covered important events over a decades-long career and uses that experience to demonstrate real-world lessons in responsible journalism.

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$3.2 Million Bequest Will Fund Professorship of Accountability in Journalism

To ensure accountability and accuracy are not left behind in the changing landscape of journalism, Char Beales, BA '73, and her husband, Howard Beales, have pledged $3.2 million to SMPA to fund the Char Beales Endowed Professorship of Accountability in Journalism.

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Students at GW's School of Media and Public Affairs share how the opportunities, resources, and experiences available to them have paved the way for career success.



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