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January 30, 2016
The program described on this web site has been discontinued. Founder and executive director of WCPJ, Terry Michael, retired in November 2015 from running The Politics & Journalism Semester. He remains as executive director of WCPJ, which is seeking a new home for the program, a university or journalism-related non-profit. If you have thoughts or questions, please contact


Colin Powell Ambassador Muni Figueres of Costa Rica
Gen. Colin Powell addressed "Press and Foreign Policy" for our Fall 2008 Class. Ambassador Muni Figueres hosted our Fall 2011 Class at the Costa Rican Embassy, discussing "Liberal Democracy in Latin America."
Dick Durbin WS09 Class Dan Balz, Winter/Spring 2011 Class
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Majority Leader, discussed "Congress: Politics & Policy" with our Winter/Spring 2009 Class. Dan Balz, of The Washington Post, dean of American political reporters, "issued the call" to political journalism to our Winter/Spring 2011 Class.
The Politics & Journalism Semester is a non-partisan, non-ideological program to teach the next generation of political reporters about politics. From students recruited from over 50 participating universities and applicants from other schools, we select eight-to-ten college journalists for each class. During their weeks in Washington, students work full-time in news bureaus. Twice a week, they gather for 90-minute seminars on campaign, governance and interest group politics.

$750 per month stipends available, no tuition or fees
Students pay no tuition or fees. Depending on need, each can receive a $750 per month stipend to help with Washington living expenses. The program is operated by an educational non-profit 501(c)(3), the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism, founded in 1989 to improve political and public affairs journalism. The Center's seminars are held at one of America’s best known political addresses, The Watergate, in space donated by Atlantic Media, publishers of Atlantic monthly and the National Journal.

Some of our past speakers, from top to bottom....
Judy Woodruff, PBS; former Sen. Bob Dole; former Clinton
press secretary Mike McCurry; columnist and author Pat Buchanan;
"dean" of White House correspondents the late Helen Thomas; ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos; and syndicated columnist George Will.

Past Speakers

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