"Never regret anything that made you smile." — Mark Twain
March 27, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
SPJ Presents: Sylvan Lane of The Hill
Tuesday, March 28th @ 5PM
The Hub 1012

Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a conversation with The Hill reporter, Sylvan Lane. Bring your questions and your friends!

New World Disorder: Journalism, Ethics and the Fake News Battle
Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Merten Hall RM 1201

Join the LEAD office and journalism professor Beth Jannery for an interactive dialogue focused on media literacy, fake news, freedom of the press, and ethical situations facing journalists today. Please note that space is limited and there will be FREE PIZZA! Click here for tickets.

Roosevelt @ Mason
Thursday, March 30th from 7-9PM
Innovation Hall RM 103

Join Mason's chapter of the Roosevelt Institute for their first Oxford debate exploring the statement: "This house believes the press should be the 'fourth branch' of government." Click here for more info.

The Future of Truth
Wednesday, March 29 from 1:30-5:30PM
Knight TV Studio: The Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Come listen as renown policymakers, journalists, technologists, scholars, and knowledge experts investigate the future of truth in journalism. Click here to RSVP to this FREE event!
MCN Live Sports
Broadcasting Schedule:

• Women's Lacrosse vs Uni of Oregon

   Monday, March 27th @ 6PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs La Salle
   Friday, March 31st @ 5PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Sacred Heart
   Friday, March 31st @ 7PM

• Baseball vs Georgetown
   Saturday, April 1st @ 2PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Sacred Heart
   Saturday, April 1st @ 7PM



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

Deadline: March 31st
Submit your poetry, prose, photography, visual art, and short screenplays to be published in Mason's official undergraduate literary and arts journal. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get your work published in a popular showcase for Mason's emerging writers and artists!
Attention Seniors:
All seniors involved in a Student Media group are eligible to purchase a gold graduation stole to commemorate your participation. If you are graduating in 2017 and want to commit to purchasing a stole, please send an email with your full name, group, and position title to:
Content Spotlight
So to Speak's Spring Issue

Check out the Spring 2017 Issue online:
In Case You Missed It
SPJ Hosts NYT Reporter Michael Schmidt
By Catherine Amin, SPJ Co-Blogger:

On Tuesday, March 21, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) had the honor of hosting New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt for a conversation about journalism and politics. Schmidt has been working with the Washington Bureau of the Times for the past five years and has covered a variety of stories from the Pentagon to the FBI to Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Schmidt started out as a clerk answering the phone after he graduated from Lafayette College and then eventually became a freelance writer for the Times. He started out covering "off-the-field" issues within the sports community including doping scandals, legal issues, and concussions. Eventually Schmidt transferred over to the government and politics beat, which is what he is still doing today.

Schmidt gave advice to those in attendance and provided some personal stories about his early career and the importance of persistence as a young professional. He went on to discuss how he wants to be completely neutral (he doesn't vote on principle) and avoid bias in his reporting (he is only interested in the facts).

He also advised everyone not to report on information you cannot independently confirm by recalling a time when he was under pressure from his editors to run with incomplete facts to stay competitive with other news outlets. Ultimately his competitors had to retract their reporting, but because Schmidt insisted on accuracy over "being first," his newspaper was spared that embarrassment.

“The facts will always support you if you have the facts
and if they are the right facts.”
– Michael Schmidt

Want to know more about SPJ?
Check out their blog for event recaps, member profiles, and more:
Photos courtesy of SPJ
Student Media Named "Tenant of the Week"

Student Media was honored to be named "Tenant of the Week" by Student Centers as part of their ongoing #TenantTuesday series on social media. Click here to read the original Facebook announcement.

Student Centers (@masonsc) is a unit of University Life that oversees management of the Johnson Center, The Hub, and SUB I. In addition, Student Centers coordinates kiosk reservations, locker rentals, and supports around 11,000 events each year.

Thank you, Student Centers!

PRSSA, Communication Dept. Host Career Fair
By Ashley Cook, PRSSA President

Job searching can be stressful for a college student. Thankfully, Mason's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) alleviated this stress by hosting their most successful career fair to date on Tuesday, March 21st in Dewberry Hall.

PRSSA teamed up with the Department of Communication to provide students with 30 employers from the Washington, D.C. area who were eager to hire interns and employees.

GMU PRSSA is proud of the record-breaking turnout and can’t wait to see the future successes of students who attended!

Click here to learn more about PRSSA
Photo courtesy of @MasonCommDept
PR & Design Team Outreach

The PR & Design Team has been hard at work all semester to raise awareness about Student Media's groups, recruit new members, promote content via social media, and plan events that meaningfully engage the Mason community. Team members include Lottye Lockhart, Ky'Lend Adams, Mimi Albano, Jenny Shashkan, and Mary Jane DeCarlo.

So far this semester, the PR & Design Team has represented Student Media at 15 events including Press Pass, the Winter RSO Fair, senior portrait sessions, and all events hosted by Mason Admissions.

Next up for the PR & Design Team is
Journal Jam (a celebration of Mason's literary journals) on April 6th and Fresh Fest (an event spotlighting Freshman Focus Magazine) on April 18th.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Student Media!

Above: PR & Design Team members Jenny Shashkan (left) and Mimi Albano (right) representing Student Media at a Patriot Prelude event hosted by Mason Admissions on Monday, March 20th.

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
Now accepting applications for six $1,000 Elena’s Scholarships for Student Well-Being.
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.
Learn more and apply:
Applications must be submitted online by April 7th.

Paid Internship Opportunity:
Charlottesville Tomorrow
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." 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.
Click here for a complete description of the position.

"Press Foward" Annual Conference:
Virginia Press Association (VPA)
This conference (April 8th) 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.
Limited student scholarships available - contact
Want to learn more? Click here to read all the conference details.

2017 Summer Internship Opportunity:
The Fund for the Public Interest
A national non-profit organization 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. Interns typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer.
Learn more and apply: or 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784)

Clinton Global Initiative U 2017:
CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University
CGI U (October 13 - 15, 2017) is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses. 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. Mason has limited funding available to support attendees; to find out more about CGI U, email, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at 
Click here to learn more and apply.

Political Internship Summer 2017:
Institute on Political Journalism
8-week program (June 3 – July 28, 2017) where student intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit in Washington, D.C. Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Final Application Deadline: March 14th, 2017
Learn more and apply:


Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
Five $1,000 scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education.
Learn more and apply:

Scholarship Opportunity:
uexpress: Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest
Top prize is a $1,500 scholarship and an all expense paid
attendance at the 41st Annual Conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (includes airfare, hotel, registration, and banquet meals) in Manchester, NH on June 8–11, 2017.
Learn more and apply:
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!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
Created by: Jessica Smith and Jason Hartsel

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