Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

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Altscher, Judy Kurtz
Photo of Altscher, Judy Kurtz Judy Kurtz Altscher is the “In the Know” gossip columnist for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers Congress, the District’s nightlife and social scene, celebrities, and politics. Kurtz, who also serves as a contributor for E! News ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-761 Entertainment Reporting

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-756 Advanced Beat Reporting
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

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 As an editor for NPR.org, Tanya brainstorms and develops web-only features; collaborates with radio editors and reporters to create compelling web content that complements radio reports; manages online producers and interns; and, line edits stories appearing on the website ...
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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
MPPR-704 News Writing and Reporting

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

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-770 Sports Journalism
MPSM-855 Sports Journalism

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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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-508 Video Journalism

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
MPSM-855 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

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

Angie Drobnic Holan
Photo of Angie Drobnic Holan Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact, the national politics fact-checking website. She directs, assigns and edits PolitiFact’s coverage of national politics and the presidential elections, including the debates and nominating conventions. She started with PolitiFact as a ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-505 Digital Essentials for Journalists

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

Lauren Knapp
Photo of Lauren Knapp Lauren Knapp is a non-fiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She has been working in film, television, and radio since 2006 and her stories have been broadcast on the PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-894 Video Storytelling Lab

Linda Kramer Jenning
Photo of Linda Kramer Jenning Linda Kramer Jenning is an independent journalist and contributor to Ms. Magazine, US News & World Report and other outlets. She is the former Washington editor for Glamour and began her journalism career with the Associated Press, serving in New York ...
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This instructor has taught:
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

Greg Linch
Photo of Greg Linch Greg Linch works as a data developer for McClatchy and its 30 newsrooms around the country. In this role, he builds tools to enable more widespread use of data for storytelling -- for everything from elections results to daily graphics. Greg ...
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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)

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

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, Murrow 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 ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-508 Video Journalism

Gabriel Silverman
Photo of Gabriel Silverman Gabe Silverman is an expert storyteller, videographer and photographer. His award-winning work has been published across the globe, including: newspaper covers, online videos, and packages on international news channels. Formerly a video journalist for The Washington Post, Gabe has spearheaded ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-894 Video Storytelling Lab

Brooke Van Dam
Photo of 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-510 Studio Production
MPJO-854 Political Reporting
MPJO-860 MPS Journalism Internship
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone

Xiapeng (Paul) Wang
Photo of Xiapeng (Paul) Wang Dr. Xiaopeng Wang has over a decade of teaching and research experience in visual journalism, graphic design and communication. He has published many research articles and book chapters on visual media and communication. Before he relocated to Washington D.C ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-778 Visual Communications
MPMC-878 Visual Communications
MPPR-778 Visual Communications

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