Fulbright Information Sessions

Interested in the Fulbright Program? Seeking a fully funded research or English teaching opportunity abroad? Are you graduating in 2013 or 2014, a grad student, or alum? Then it is time to start thinking about applying now!

Georgetown is a top producing Fulbright institution. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.

Fulbright Information Sessions:

Held in the conference room of the Gervase Building, B-08:

  • Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00p
  • Tuesday, March 26th, at 6:00p

Reply to fulbright@georgetown.edu if you plan on attending one of these information sessions and/or to sign up for the Georgetown University Fulbright List-Serv.

Also, SAVE THE DATE: Fulbright Proposal Writing Workshop with Professor Erik Langer, Wednesday, April 24th, at 5:00p

Can’t make the information session?  Check out the Fulbright’s intro webinar on March 19th at 2:30p.
Details here: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=344

SPJ Georgetown Student Chapter, SPJ D.C. Pro Chapter Networking Happy Hour

Georgetown’s Master’s in Journalism students and undergrads gathered at La Tasca in Clarendon on Friday for a networking happy hour with members of the SPJ D.C. Pro Chapter. A huge thanks goes out to the Georgetown Student Chapter for organizing this event, and thanks to the Pro Chapter for sponsoring the delicious appetizers. We hope to see more of you at the next event!

(Photos courtesy of student Stephanie Melson)

2nd Annual “Jump Into Journalism!” Event

Thank you to everyone who attended the Second Annual Jump Into Journalism networking event! A special thank you goes out to the MPS Journalism alumni who took time out of their busy schedules to be a resource to students: Emily Shenk, Peter Schroeder, JP Finlay, Delece Smith-Barrow, Sasha Horne, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Kenny Abdo and Kira Zalan.

Check out more pictures here!

Art of Freelancing Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended the Art of Freelancing workshop this past weekend!

MPS Journalism instructor Howard Yoon moderated a panel discussion with faculty member Natalie Hopkinson, Mike Madden (Editor of the Washington City Paper) and Lisa Shroder (Managing Editor of Bethesda Magazine). Students and alumni learned some tips and tricks on being a freelance journalist from the panelists. A special thank you to student Georgi-Ann Clarke who live-tweeted the event (#GUFreelance).

Watch the full streaming video of the event here, check out pictures here and click here to view the Storify.

Introducing the Journalism Ambassador Program!

We are proud to announce the start of our MPS Journalism Ambassador Program. This program matches Journalism program alumni and graduating students with incoming students to help build relationships and foster a greater sense of camaraderie within the program. We envision this as an opportunity for alumni and graduating students to give back to the program and the next generation of Hoyas by mentoring new students throughout their first few semesters in the program – allowing all participants to expand their Georgetown and journalism networks.MPS Journalism staff thanks and introduces our Fall 2012 MPS Journalism Ambassadors:  David Norton, Delece Smith Barrow, Emily Shenk, Khalil Garriott, Meaghan Stakelin, and Peter Schroeder. Read their bios below and let us know if you are interested in participating in this program in Spring 2013!


David Norton:
David graduated from the program in 2010 and now works as a Travel Editor for LivingSocial Escapes (http://www.livingsocial.com/escapes). A lot of what David learned in his writing-for-web classes at Georgetown proved incredibly beneficial to him in his current position, which relies heavily on social media and multi-media content as well as clear, concise copy.

Delece Smith-Barrow:
Delece graduated from the program in Fall 2011 and is now working as the Web Editor of The Root DC, a section of The Washington Post for breaking news and commentary about the local African American community. Delece creates and manages an online strategy for the site, writes and edits feature stories and engages with readers on various social media platforms.

Emily Shenk:

Emily Shenk graduated from the program in Spring 2012 and is currently an Editor in National Geographic‘s digital media division. Prior to that, she was the managing editor at the Child Welfare League of America. She has worked across multiple communication platforms, including print, web, video and mobile applications. She has written for several magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post.

Khalil Garriott:

Khalil P. Garriott graduated from the program in Fall 2010 and is an award-winning digital sports journalist. He is equal parts dogged reporter and eagle-eyed editor for multiple platforms. Currently the Online Editor for the NFL Players Association, he is a seasoned communications professional with strong writing, editing and content producing skills and experienced in creating unique, compelling journalism in the realm of professional sports.

Meaghan Stakelin:
Meaghan graduated from the program in Spring 2012, when she was also received the Outstanding Student Award at the School of Continuing Studies’ Tropaia Ceremony. Meaghan maintained one of the highest GPAs in the program, while being a constant source of good spirits. She particularly enjoyed participating in the 2011 World Press Freedom Day Student Press Corps during her time at Georgetown.

Peter Schroeder:
Peter graduated from the program in Summer 2010 and currently works a Reporter for The Hill, where he covers financial issues and politics. He previously spent a few years covering tax issues for a local trade publication. Peter has worked in the DC journalism scene for five years, hails from Western Pennsylvania, and got his start in journalism with an internship at The Wall Street Journal.

Alum of the Month July 2012

Khalil Garriott (G ’10)

E-mail: khalil.p.garriott@gmail.com, Twitter: @khalilgarriott
LinkedIn: /khalilgarriott, Website: http://khalilgarriott.com/

Khalil Garriott often tackled sports stories while in the MPS Journalism program, so it’s no surprise that he continues to excel in sports writing. Khalil, who graduated from the program in Fall 2010, currently works as a Website Editor for the National Football League Players Association and writes about NFL-related topics ranging from draft picks and Super Bowl champions to league community service and players’ sidelining injuries. Khalil recently won a 2012 Dateline Award for excellence in local journalism for his story about one Super Bowl-winning football team’s long-overdue trip to the White House. He shared with us his personal and professional gains from the program.

1. Tell us how your degree from the Journalism program has helped you in your current job.
My Master’s degree in Journalism from Georgetown helped elevate me to assume a greater responsibility in my current position. It also gave me the necessary skills to take on different projects at work plus help pass on what I learned in graduate school to others.

2. Why did you pick Georgetown’s Journalism program? How did you hear about us?
When the program was created, it immediately shot up on the list of options on my radar. I believe I originally heard about it through an ad placed in the Washington Post Express newspaper. It didn’t hurt that a friend from undergrad was the director of the program at the time, so I was able to learn more about it and quickly knew it was the right choice.
3. Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. The only thing that might make me give in to Facebook is the recent birth of my niece…her parents post pictures and videos of her there, so I may eventually relent!

4. Who is your favorite working journalist?
Naturally, I’m partial to the ones that cover sports. I have to respect Adam Schefter,Cindy BorenMike FlorioBill Simmons and Rick Reilly. Plus, the Tony Kornheiser-Michael Wilbon duo is still getting it done.

5. What one piece of advice would you give current students?
Get the most out of the program that you possibly can. Develop and nurture relationships with your classmates, professors and others associated with the program. Stay humble and grounded. Study hard and work hard, but don’t get trapped in the “grad school bubble” and keep your sights set on the bigger picture. Make friendships and stay connected. Attend events and let people know who you are and what you can do.