Our 25th Anniversary Year
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."
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 nominated by over 50 participating universities and direct
applicants from other schools, we select eight-to-ten college journalists
for Summer (June and July) and Fall (September to November)
classes each year. (Beginning in 2015, no Winter/Spring program.) 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
$750 per month stipends, no tuition
Students pay no tuition or fees. Each receives 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 is at one of
America’s best known political addresses, The Watergate,
in offices 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;
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.