"Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush."
— Doug Larson
First Day of Spring: March 20, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
SPJ Presents: A Conversation with NYT Journalist Michael Schmidt
Tuesday, March 21st @ 5PM
The Hub 1012

Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a conversation with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt. Bring your questions and your friends! Click here to learn more.

Journal Jam
Thursday, April 6th @ 7PM  |  JC Bistro

Senior Portraits - Final Sessions!
April 11-13  |  JC Atrium 121

Reserve your spot today: (enter school code 700). A $10 sitting fee is required.

Fresh Fest
Tuesday, April 18th @ 6PM  |  Hanover 1012

MCN Live Sports
Broadcasting Schedule:

• Baseball vs Fordham

   Friday, March 24th @ 3PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Barton
   Friday, March 24th @ 7PM

• Baseball vs Fordham
   Saturday, March 25th @ 2PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Charleston (WV)
   Saturday, March 25th @ 4PM

• Baseball vs Fordham
   Sunday, March 26th @ 1PM

Content Spotlight
2017 CARP Conference
The Communication Department hosted the 2017 Conference on Character Assassination in Theory and Practice (CARP) at the Arlington campus on March 3-5.

Student Media's own
Mimi Albano was on hand to photograph the event and several of our students attended the conference as part of their coursework.

Katya Beisel wrote this about CARP 2017 as part of a class assignment:

Arlington, VA – Researchers, academics, and news media professionals gathered for the Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Lab’s “Character Assassination and the Media Spectrum” panel on March 4 to discuss President Trump’s dogged criticism of the news media and the implications of his sometimes strained relationship with the press.

Lake Research Partners Director of Digital Research Alan Rosenblatt argued that Trump’s accusations could have dangerous consequences beyond the media: "It’s not just about assassinating the character of the media. What the attacks on the media is doing is setting a precedent for making such attacks based on a mistake in a story here, some isolated examples of mistakes from outlets that are by and large very accurate and then using that as a criteria to declare them fake and to declare them an enemy.” Rosenblatt argued that this methodology could not only provide the Trump Administration with a way to plant fake news stories in the media, but also to assassinate the character of critics within the media and outside of it.


Mason's Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics was founded in 2016 and consists of a team of interdisciplinary research scholars with backgrounds in psychology, history, communication, and public relations that study the methods and effects of character assassination.

To learn more about CARP and the 2017 Conference, visit the Communication Department's website:
Public relations instructor Sergei Samoilenko and Commuication Department Chair Anne Nicotera address the 2017 CARP conference.
PR & Design Team members Jay Abella and Lottye Lockhart and WGMU DJ Katya Beisel attend the 2017 CARP Conference in Arlington, VA.
Photos by Mimi Albano
In Case You Missed It
Student Media Helps Break Chipotle News

As you have probably heard by now, there are lots of changes coming from Mason Dining over the next few months. Student Media's editors were lucky enough to get advance notice from Campus Retail Operations Executive Director Mark Kraner during a staff meeting on 2/17 and were honored to help break the news about the most exciting announcement of all: Chipotle is finally coming to Mason's Fairfax campus!

Once we confirmed that a contract had been signed with the Mexican chain behemoth after years of negotiation, Student Media shared the news via Twitter in one of our most popular social posts of all time (43 Likes/38 Retweets):

SPJ Hosts Personal Branding Workshop

The Society of Professional Journalists hosted a personal branding workshop on Tuesday, March 7th, where students learned strategies for effective self-branding from special guest speakers Sara Azani (style blogger from Style MBA) and Arash Shirazi (CEO of The Bullitt Agency).

Both guest speakers stressed the importance of networking because of the unexpected opportunities that can come your way from something as simple as an impromptu introduction or exchange of business cards.

One key to establishing an effective personal brand is to let your passion shine through in everything you do; if others can get a sense of your passion and expertise, they are more likely to take you seriously. Posting original work often and sharing content within your social media circles allows you to become a "curator" of information and a resource for others in your field.

Special thank you to Sara and Arash for facilitating this event!

Photo courtesy of SPJ
Volition Hosts Open Mic Night

Volition, Mason's undergraduate literary and arts journal, hosted their second and final Open Mic Night of the semester on Thursday, March 9th in the JC Bistro.

Celebrating over 20 years of creativity at Mason, Volition is a showcase for emerging artists and prides itself on “living life on the edge between boldness and creativity that cannot be found elsewhere on campus.” Now is the time to submit your original works for publication:

Volition's Spring Submission Deadline is March 31st!

Learn More:

Photo by Lottye Lockhart

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
Elena's Scholarships for Student Well-Being
Mason's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is now accepting applications for Elena’s Scholarships for Student Well-Being. This will be the third annual awarding of six $1,000 scholarships designed to enhance student well-being. A key feature of this program is the inclusion of personal mentoring throughout both the fall and spring semesters. Applicants who would be most likely to benefit from one-on-one support from a Mason faculty or staff person are especially encouraged to apply. Elena’s Scholarships are open to full-time, undergraduate students from all academic majors.

Applications must be submitted online by April 7th. Students can learn more & apply online:

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).

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 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  |

Final Application Deadline: March 14th, 2017
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 currently live!
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 March!

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