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GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs Names 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows

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Bradley Hagerty

Tony Fratto, a former deputy White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, and former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty have been named George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) 2014-15 fellows.

Fratto currently serves as managing partner of Hamilton Place Strategies. Prior to joining the Bush White House he was an assistant secretary at Treasury and a communications specialist for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Bradley Hagerty reported on politics, legal affairs, and religion at NPR for 18 years. She has received two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, a National Headliner Award and the Religion Newswriters Association’s Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award.

Past GW fellows include Sen. Robert Bennett, former White House videographer Arun Chaudhary, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley, CBS News’ Major Garrett, FOX News’ Ed Henry, NYTimes‘ Bob Herbert, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, and former “Nightline” editorial producer Tara Sonenshine.

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Harvard’s Institute of Politics Names 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows

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Harvard’s Institute of Politics today announced its 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows. They include Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of the Alexandria-based Echelon Insights; Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman, Commission on Presidential Debates; Christine Gregoire, former governor and attorney general of Washington; Anton J. Gunn, former director of external affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS); Phil Kent, former chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; and Valerie Biden Owens, sister of VP Joe Biden and campaign chair, Biden for President (1988, 2008).

Fellows will relocate to Cambridge for the fall semester and conduct weekly “study groups” on the topic of current events for the educational benefit of Harvard students and community members.

The Institute on Political Journalism Presents 19th Annual Journalism Awards

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

At this morning’s Institute on Political Journalism Awards at the National Press Club, reporters from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Bloomberg News received the top awards from The Fund for American Studies – a DC-based education non-profit – for the second year in a row. Student reporters from The GW Hatchet and The Daily Pennsylvanian were recipients in the college category.

The 2014 Excellence in Economic Reporting Award was presented to a team of reporters from Bloomberg News for their seven-part series on the brave new world of “Big Data” software services. The report was lead by Aki Ito with Jeff Kearns, Craig Torres and Ilan Kolet and presented by John Merline, senior writer for Investor’s Business Daily.
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POLITICO Launches Annual 10-Day Journalism Institute

POLITICO today announced the launch of its Journalism Institute, a 10-day annual program for college students interested in pursuing a political journalism career in Washington. Bill Nichols will direct the program alongside Kara Kearns, who will assist in its organization.

Senior editors and reporters from POLITICO will lead much of the program’s content. It is also tied to the American University School of Communication and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

The POLITICO Journalism Institute will launch July 31 and the deadline to apply is June 27.

For more, click through for POLITICO Executive Editor Rick Berke‘s announcement to staff. Read more

C-SPAN to Air John Kerry, Janet Yellen Commencement Addresses

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Closing out the spring season of commencement speeches, C-SPAN is airing a ton this upcoming weekend and Saturday’s lineup is chock-full of government officials who still hold their jobs.

Starting at 8pm Saturday, those home looking for inspiration can watch Secretary of State John Kerry’s (May 18) address at Yale University, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s (May 18) speech at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s (May 18) remarks at Morehouse College, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking at New York University (on May 21).

For the full weekend lineup, click on over to C-SPAN programming.

NPR Creates Hub for ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever’

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 15.33.37Each May, outlets across the country cover the prolific speeches offered at university commencements, and NPR now offers a tool to collect the best of the best.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, NPR Ed will collect ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever,’ a pool of 300 addresses dating back to 1774.

According to an NPR release announcing the hub, “Famed and lesser-known remarks from actors and entrepreneurs, writers and politicians are all searchable by speaker, college, year and theme (‘Dream,’ ‘Play,’ ‘Inner Voice,’ ‘Fight for Equality’ and ‘YOLO’) with links to the full versions of each speech and videos when available. The site also allows users to export a shareable graphic featuring a key quote for any of the speeches. In addition to the online database, a piece on Tuesday’s “All Things Considered” features a primer on fundamental elements shared by those commencement speeches widely reviewed as ‘the best,’ including two essential ideas: ‘Congratulations’ and ‘You’re Special. Just remember – so is everyone else.’

Check out NPR Ed here.

 

Former NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson Delivers Wake Forest Commencement Address

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This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson delivered the university’s commencement address to graduates and their guests.

She opened her speech poking fun that her remarks have garnered so much media interest.

“I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university…I’m impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention, as well they should.”

Abramson’s speech intertwined the topics of resilience and family, recalling, “Very early last Thursday, my sister called me. She said ‘I know dad would be as proud of you today as the day you became executive editor of The New York Times.’ I’d been fired the previous day. So I knew what she was trying to say. It meant more to our father to see us deal with a set back and try to bounce back, than to watch how we handled our successes.”

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Chef José Andrés Offers GW Commencement Speech

14212658491_7d2d3160bc_zAt yesterday’s George Washington University commencement, chef José Andrés addressed 6,000 graduates and their 20,000 guests in a ceremony that took place on the National Mall, before the Capitol and with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.

Just before diving into his speech, Andrés directs attention to the jumbotrons for a star-studded video that explains how he was offered his invitation by GW President Steven Knapp.

Up pops Craig Ferguson. “Oh, President Knapp! Good to hear from you,” he says from the set of the “Late Late Show.” Unfortunately, he’s “watching TV that night” and suggests Andrés, who “has an accent that’s even harder to understand than mine.”

Throughout the video, Eric HolderAl RokerGwyneth PaltrowMorgan FreemanJesse Tyler FergusonSam WaterstonMatt Dillon and Owen Wilson all make appearances, each one turning down the offer and suggesting Mr. Andrés as the next-best choice.

The two-minute piece ended with Ferguson providing Andrés’s email address: sparklypaellaboi@hotmail.com. “That’s b-o-i,” he says.

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Smithsonian Magazine to Fly Drone in Ronald Reagan Building

smithsonianWhile drone journalism isn’t yet a common practice in news gathering, who’s to say it won’t be in the near future?

As part of it’s “Future is Here” festival taking place this weekend,Smithsonian magazine will present a live drone flight inside the Ronald Reagan Building and a demonstration of a hydrogen and nitrogen-powered jetpack on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Both presentations will be filmed for upcoming Smithsonian Channel specials.

FAA clearance was specially obtained in advance of the jetpack flight, due to the close proximity of the presentation to the White House, according to Smithsonian Media. “As a stipulation of the clearance, the jetpack must stay below a certain height, or risk being shot down.”

For information on tickets, visit www.smithsonian.com/future.

Actor Patrick Stewart In Conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon

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Are you a huge “X-Men” or “Star Trek” fan with an extra $250 to spend? If so, we have an event just for you.

As part of Smithsonian Magazine’s upcoming “Future Is Here” festival taking place May 16-18 in DC, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturdays” Scott Simon will interview and have a Q&A with Patrick Stewart following an advance screening of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier, is also well known for portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the “Star Trek” franchise. Read more

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