George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
|The School of Media and Public Affairs|
|Motto||Deus Nobis Fiducia
(In God Our Trust)
|Location||Washington, D.C., 20052|
|Campus||Urban — Foggy Bottom|
The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, a school in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism and political and international communication. The School's director is Frank Sesno, former CNN correspondent, creator of PBS's Planet Forward and professor.
SMPA offers two undergraduate degrees in political communication and journalism & mass communication, as well as a five year BA/MA program with George Washington's Graduate School of Political Management. The school is highly competitive within the university, and offers facilities and opportunities to SMPA students not accessible to other students, such as invitations to attend lectures and taped events filmed within the Jack Morton Auditorium and access to top-of-the-line filming/editing equipment.
The School of Media and Public Affairs offers a Master of Arts degree in Media and Public Affairs. Additionally, the school offers a joint MA degree in Global Communication in conjunction with the Elliott School of International Affairs. With the SMPA Documentary Center, the school offers a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking.
Media and Public Affairs Building
The School of Media and Public Affairs is housed in the Media and Public Affairs building at 805 21st St, NW, which additionally houses the Graduate School of Political Management and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (SPPPA). The Jack Morton Auditorium is on the first floor of the building. The Jack Morton Auditorium was the filming location for CNN's Crossfire debate show between 2002 and 2005.
The university broke ground on the site (a former parking lot) in 1999 and opened it in early 2001. SMPA students were initially charged an extra $500/semester for two years to help cover the cost of the building.