Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

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Hilary Allsopp
Photo of Hilary Allsopp Hilary Kautter Allsopp is a career coach and higher education professional with over six years of experience guiding college students and young professionals to identify and obtain meaningful careers. Through her roles as Assistant Director for Counseling and Programming at ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt
MPMC-560 Strategic Career Planning
MPPR-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt

Matthew Apuzzo
Photo of Matthew Apuzzo Matt Apuzzo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times in Washington. He has uncovered the locations of CIA prisons, revealed widespread cheating on FBI certification tests and identified the exclusive cadre of Wall Street bankers who get ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-754 Crime Reporting

Rolando Arrieta
Photo of Rolando Arrieta Rolando Arrieta is Manager of News Operations at NPR and Senior Production Trainer. As a radio producer for nearly 20 years, Rolando has produced countless music documentaries and features for the then Cultural Programs. He was part of the producer ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-723 Audio Storytelling

Amy Austin
Photo of Amy Austin Amy Austin, is the Publisher Emeritus of Washington City Paper, an influential and award-winning local alternative news media company in Washington D.C. Her passions surround journalism, cultural arts, and the District of Columbia. She is proud of the events ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-786 Entrepreneurial Journalism

Tanya Ballard Brown
Photo of Tanya Ballard Brown Tanya Ballard Brown is an editor for NPR.org, where she spends her days collaborating with editors and reporters to create compelling web content that complements radio reports; brainstorming and implementing Web-only features; managing online producers, Kroc Fellows and interns ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-701 Feature Reporting

Ryan Beckwith
Photo of Ryan Beckwith Ryan Teague Beckwith is a senior editor in the Washington bureau for TIME magazine. Previously, he worked as as an editor at the Washington Examiner, Digital First Media and CQ Roll Call and as a reporter and blogger at The ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing

Robert Benincasa
Photo of Robert Benincasa Robert Benincasa is a computer-assisted reporting producer in NPR's Investigations Unit in Washington, D.C. Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-795 Investigative Reporting
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Alan Bjerga
Photo of Alan Bjerga Alan Bjerga is the author of the book "Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest" and the 2010 president of the National Press Club. He covers agricultural policy for Bloomberg News and in 2010-2011 was also the ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing

Carol Blymire
Photo of Carol Blymire Once-youngest-ever White House political appointee. Fearless Tweeter. Really crappy telemarketer. I am the founder of Blymire Communications where I offer public relations, branding, and advocacy counsel to Fortune 100 corporations, national non-profits, celebrity foundations, and everything in between. I serve ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-891 Personal Branding (Cross-listed with MPPR 891)
MPMC-891 Personal Branding
MPPR-891 Personal Branding

Cindy Boren
Photo of Cindy Boren Cindy Boren has had a career grounded in the basics of sports journalist with an emphasis on reporting and content editing at the Kansas City Star, Hartford Courant, National Sports Daily, the New York Daily News and, presently, the Washington ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-675 Editing & Curation
MPJO-770 Sports Journalism

Jeremy Bowers
Photo of Jeremy Bowers Jeremy Bowers is an interactive developer for The New York Times. Previously, he was a news applications developer for NPR’s visuals team, where he worked on projects like Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt and Arrested Development. Before that, Bowers ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-779 Web Development for Media
MPPR-779 Web Development for Media (Cross-listed with MPJO 779)

Brooke Brower
Photo of Brooke Brower Brooke Brower is the executive producer for MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd” and a contributor to the NBC News Political Unit and “First Read.” Previously, he was a producer for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” For MSNBC, he ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-854 Political Reporting

David Chalian
Photo of David Chalian David Chalian is the Political Director at CNN where he oversees the political coverage across all of CNN's platforms. He heads up a team of correspondents, reporters, and producers dedicated to the daily coverage of campaigns as well as ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-854 Political Reporting

Jennifer Chaney
Photo of Jennifer Chaney Jen Chaney is a digital journalist with two decades of experience in the news business. Currently a pop culture writer for numerous outlets -- including The Washington Post, Esquire, New York magazine, Slate and others -- she previously worked full-time at The ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-675 Editing & Curation

Monica Corcoran
Photo of Monica Corcoran Monica C. Corcoran is a senior managing editor at National Geographic where she oversees the Your Shot photo community and the magazine’s editorial photography contest. She joined National Geographic in 2008 to manage their newly launched photo community and ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-777 Visual Storytelling- Cross listed with MPJO-777

Ben De La Cruz
Photo of Ben De La Cruz Ben de la Cruz is an award-winning documentary video producer and multimedia journalist. He joined NPR as the multimedia editor for the science desk in June 2012. In this role, he will serve as the visual architect for coverage of ...
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Jon DeNunzio
Photo of Jon DeNunzio Jon DeNunzio founded and runs runs Squarely Digital, a consulting company that aims to help other organizations get more out of their efforts online. The company, which launched in early 2013, serves small to mid-sized businesses and other organizations looking ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Kenneth Dodelin
Photo of Kenneth Dodelin Ken Dodelin is Vice President of Product Development at Cricket Media, a children's media and education company, where he oversees the evolution of the company's products from print to digital. Previously, Ken served as Director of Mobile Products ...
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J. Falgoust
Photo of J. Falgoust J. Michael serves as the Wizards Insider for Comcast SportsNet In this position, J. Michael leads the network’s digital media coverage of the Washington Wizards and contributes to its news, entertainment and live-game programming. He joined Comcast SportsNet in ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-770 Sports Journalism

Carole Feldman
Photo of Carole Feldman Carole Feldman is director of News Operations and Finance for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., and the national education editor. She also conceived and is the overall coordinator of the joint AP-APME project Aging America, which is examining ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-500 Ethics in Journalism
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Ben Harder
Photo of Ben Harder Ben Harder is Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. He oversees the use of health care data to power consumer decision-support tools ...
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Brian M. Healy
Photo of Brian M. Healy Brian Healy is a distinguished veteran of CBS News. He first joined the CBS Evening News in 1972 in New York, and served in the London bureau as a field producer from 1976 to 1979. Healy has held positions as ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Erin Hennessy
Photo of Erin Hennessy Erin A. Hennessy is vice president at TVP Communications, a national public relations agency focused on higher education. She brings to the agency more than 20 years of communications experience and expertise in the areas of higher education policy, communication ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-841 Media Relations
MPPR-710 Media Relations

Natalie Hopkinson
Photo of Natalie Hopkinson Natalie Hopkinson is author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City (Duke University Press July 2012.) A contributing editor of The Root magazine and directs the IF…Urban and Arts & Society projects as a fellow ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-650 Culture Reporting

Keith Jenkins
Photo of Keith Jenkins Keith W. Jenkins is General Manager, Digital and Social Media, for the National Geographic Society, where he oversees the nonprofit Society’s digital experience, products and staff. Jenkins was formerly the executive editor and the director of photography for National ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-682 Photojournalism

Deborah Kotz
Photo of Deborah Kotz Deborah Kotz has been a health journalist for more than two decades. She recently left the Boston Globe where she worked for four years as a consumer health reporter and blogger. She shared the Pulitzer prize with the Globe staff ...
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Linda Kramer Jenning
Photo of Linda Kramer Jenning Linda Kramer Jenning began her journalism career with the Associated Press, serving in New York, San Francisco and Oregon. She worked in television at the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon, before returning to print journalism as a freelancer for Time ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-630 The Art of Interviewing
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Sunny Levitt
Photo of Sunny Levitt Sunny Levitt is founder and principal Executive Coach at SL Consultants, an executive coaching and career management firm that partners with leaders who are committed to developing and reaching their professional goals. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Georgetown ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt
MPMC-560 Strategic Career Planning
MPPR-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt

Ryan Lizza
Photo of Ryan Lizza Ryan Lizza is the Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker. He covers the White House, presidential campaigns, Congress, and national politics. Lizza joined The New Yorker after working at The New Republic, where he was a political correspondent from 1998 ...
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Sommer Mathis
Photo of Sommer Mathis Sommer Mathis is editor of CityLab, The Atlantic's sister site devoted to the most groundbreaking ideas and pressing issues facing today's global cities and neighborhoods. Before joining Atlantic Media in 2011, she spent five years reporting on the ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-786 Entrepreneurial Journalism

Thomas Mattesky
Photo of Thomas Mattesky Tom Mattesky is a veteran journalist with more than three decades of experience as a reporter, producer and network news executive. Mattesky joined CBS News as a producer in 1985 after an award-winning career at local newsrooms in Pennsylvania, Virginia ...
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Alex Merceron
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-710 Media Relations

Earl Mitchell
Photo of Earl Mitchell Doug is a nationally recognized media trainer, project strategist and career coach. Dozens of his former students are now working in various media around the world, many of whom you can hear each day on NPR and public radio stations ...
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Julie Moos
Photo of Julie Moos Julie Moos joined McClatchy in March 2013 as senior digital editor at the Washington Bureau. In that role, she led a reset of the bureau's digital work, introducing data visualizations, daily video and new budgeting and publishing processes. She ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-505 Digital Essentials for Journalists

Claire O'Neill
Photo of Claire O'Neill Claire O'Neill is currently a producer with NPR Visuals -- a group of designers, programmers and photographers in the newsroom. She got her start in journalism in 2009 on what was then called NPR's multimedia team. She ran a ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-505 Digital Essentials for Journalists

Sudeep Reddy
Photo of Sudeep Reddy Sudeep Reddy is an economics editor in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. He directs economics reporters serving every Journal platform including its newswires, website, print editions, video channel and radio service. Reddy joined the Journal as a reporter ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-505 Digital Essentials for Journalists

Steven Rich
Photo of Steven Rich Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post, where he started in 2013. He worked on investigations probing the NSA, police shootings, tax lien sales and asset forfeiture, including the DOJ's Equitable Sharing program, which ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-722 Data Reporting

Whitney Shefte
Photo of Whitney Shefte Whitney Shefte is a Peabody, Emmy and POYi Award-winning video journalist at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2006. She has documented everything from AIDS in D.C., to gun violence in the U.S., to the forgotten ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-508 Video Journalism
MPJO-726 Adv Digital Video Prod

Paul Singer
Paul Singer is the Congress and Politics Editor at USA TODAY, where he directs and produces coverage of legislation, political campaigns and congressional ethics. In the summer of 2012, while overseeing the paper’s 2012 presidential election coverage, Singer led ...
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Jeff Sonderman
Photo of Jeff Sonderman Jeff Sonderman is the deputy director of the American Press Institute, a leader in journalism innovation through research, training, convening thought leaders and creating tools. He is a former adjunct faculty and digital media fellow at The Poynter Institute for ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-893 News Analytics Lab

Dina Tilghman
Photo of Dina Tilghman Dina Cappiello is the national environmental reporter for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. where her beat encompasses the Environmental Protection Agency, offshore oil and gas drilling, nuclear energy, coal and global warming policy. Cappiello has contributed to AP ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-701 News Writing for Public Relations Professionals

Brooke Van Dam
Brooke Van Dam is an Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the MPS in Journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Brooke came to DC after a post as Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Journalism Program Coordinator ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-500 Ethics in Journalism
MPJO-860 MPS Journalism Internship
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Roy Wilhelm
Photo of Roy Wilhelm Roy Wilhelm is a senior designer at The Washington Post. He leads design for video acrosswashingtonpost.com and works with an innovative team of designers responsible for UX and visual design for The Post’s digital products. Previously, he was ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-680 Web Design (Cross-listed with MPJO)

Derek Willis
Photo of Derek Willis Derek Willis works for The New York Times on The Upshot, a site devoted to politics, policy and other fun things. He maintains The Times' congressional and election data and contributes to other projects. He has served as an adjunct ...
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Howard Y. Yoon
Photo of Howard Y. Yoon Howard Yoon is a literary agent and principal of the Ross Yoon Agency, where he began his publishing career 15 years ago as Gail Ross' literary assistant. Since then he has worked as an agent, writer, and editor for numerous ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-730 Crafting Narrative Non-Fiction

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