"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do."
— Mother Teresa
February 21, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
SPJ Guest Speaker: Lani Furbank

Tuesday, February 21st @ 5PM
The Hub Room 1012

Get an insider view of what it is like to be a freelance journalist. Bring your questions and your friends! Hosted by Society of Professional Journalists. Click here to learn more.

Spring Career Fair
February 22nd and 23rd @ 11AM to 4PM
Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center

Get your foot in the door and explore career possibilities at University Career Services' Spring Career Fair! Bring several copies of your resume and dress professionally to get a jump-start on your post-Mason career plans and opportunities!

CryptoParty Digital Privacy Workshop
Saturday, February 25th @ 9:30AM

An all-day, hands-on workshop where students can learn how to protect their digital privacy. Click here to learn more and RSVP.
Live Sports Broadcast Schedule:

Men's Volleyball vs. Penn State
  Friday, February 24th @ 7PM

• Men's Volleyball vs. St. Francis

   Saturday, February 25th @ 7PM


Sojourner Truth Lecture: Janet Mock
Tuesday, February 28th @ 7PM
Center for the Arts (CFA)

Janet Mock, writer of Redefining Realness, TV host, and trans advocate will speak on black womanhood and her experiences. Click here to purchase tickets.

MCN Panda Express Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 1st from 12PM to 3PM
Panda Express, Merten Hall
(see coupon below)
Content Spotlights
WGMU's Live Set with L.A. Trip
On Sunday, February 12, WGMU’s Jackie Reed (Jammin’ with Jackie, Mondays @ noon) interviewed Virginia band L.A. Trip. WGMU listeners were treated to a live, in-studio performance in addition to a wide-ranging interview covering the band’s background, reflections on their self-titled debut album, and their future as a rock duo. Bobby Barber (guitar and vocals) and Sean O’Neill (drums and percussion) originally hail from Fredericksburg, Virginia and are currently promoting L.A. Trip's upcoming album, Intervals I.

Listen to the full interview and tracks from their new album at
Photo by Jennifer Shaskan
Mason Pride Alliance Rally
Students hold rally in wake of anti-LGBTQ Virginia bill

By: Mia Wise, Assistant Campus Editor

The Mason Pride Alliance, along with Transgender Queer Mason and Arrows and Aces, organized a rally February 7th on the North Plaza. These organizations, which are communities for LGBTQ students but welcome all identities, organized the rally to raise awareness of a recent bill, HB2025, that was passed in the Virginia House of Delegates.

HB2025 states that no person will be forced to accept a same-sex marriage or punished for not accepting the marriage if it goes against their religious or moral beliefs, according to Virginia’s legislative information system website.

“To me it’s important to build community and to learn about the bills that are going through the House that might make life harder for queer people in Virginia and trans people,” graduate student Anne Bolgiano said. 

Read the full article online at
Photo by Mia Wise
In Case You Missed It
PRESS PASS: Spring Open House

Student Media welcomed over 50 members of the Mason community to our first spring open house on Wednesday, February 15. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the Fourth Estate newsroom, record in our in-house audio and video studios, and meet the students and advisors behind the publications and platforms they know and love.

Since last Wednesday, several students who attended PRESS PASS have already returned to the office and joined our groups, making the event a successful recruitment opportunity that will continue in future semesters.

Special thank you to Assistant Director Jason Hartsel, the Communication and PR & Design Teams, and all staff members who were on hand to answer questions and greet interested students!

Photos by Mimi Albano
SPJ's Postcards for Jailed Journalists

On Tuesday, February 14, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) hosted a “Postcards to Jailed Journalists” event in support of the postcard-writing and social media campaign that highlights the situations of imprisoned journalists around the world.

In December 2016, the Committee to Protect Journalists counted 259 journalists imprisoned worldwide. Journalists and others imprisoned for “crimes” like exercising free speech have said that communication from the outside world is a vital form of support.

As a Chinese activist once put it: “When letters and cards arrive at the prison like snowflakes, the prison knows that a lot of people are paying attention to these prisoners.”

Follow along and lend your support on social media by using #FreeThePress.

Photos courtesy of SPJ
Valentine Donut Decorating Contest Results
1st Place
Kelly Foster - George Mason Review
2nd Place (Tie)
Lottye Lockhart - PR & Design Team
2nd Place Winner (Tie)
Lottye Lockhart - PR & Design Team
3rd Place Winner
Natalia Kolenko - Fourth Estate
Honorable Mentions:
Photos by Jessica Smith

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
Charlottesville Tomorrow Paid Internship:
Charlottesville Tomorrow is currently accepting applications for paid internships during the summer and fall of 2017. "Our internship program is an excellent way to hone one's writing skills and become very familiar with local government, education and planning issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle." Click here for a complete description of the position.
Successful applicants will have strong computer and writing skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possess a strong interest in local government gained through educational or professional experience on issues such as land use, transportation, community design and public education.
Applicants for summer 2017 can email a cover letter and resume by Friday, March 3, to Executive Director Brian Wheeler at The deadline for fall 2017 internships is Friday, June 2.

Virginia Press Association Annual Conference:
The Virginia Press Association (VPA) invites students to attend our annual conference on April 8th: Press Forward. This conference will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts, thought leaders, and award winning journalists all while networking and building connections with newspapers from all across the state and Washington D.C.

We are making limited student scholarships available: 5 FULL scholarships which includes the cost of lodging for one night and 10 programmatic scholarships which covers everything but lodging. These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one scholarship per college/university. Don't miss out - contact

Want to learn more? Click here to read all the conference details.

Fund for Public Interest 2017 Internships:
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG:

"We are currently hiring students to join our summer campaign staff in more than 30 different cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions including: running media events, coalition building, canvassing, and writing editorials, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staffs typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer."
To apply, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784). The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews on campus on, Tuesday 2/28, Wednesday 3/1, and Thursday 3/2.

Clinton Global Initiative U 2017:
Apply now to attend CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University, which will take place from Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The early application and travel assistance deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The final application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

George Mason University is a member of the CGI University Network and has funding available for students accepted to CGI U 2017. Students selected for CGI U 2017 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects. To find out more about CGI U, email, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at 

Political Internship Summer 2017:
Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
Institute on Political Journalism  |  June 3 – July 28, 2017  |

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount
Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit. Learn more:

Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
Big Red will grant five $1,000 Big Red ¡Avance! scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students can learn more about the scholarships at and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is live in January 2017.
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to
all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this February!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
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