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Scroll to bottom for sample application form and other materials
for the
Winter/Spring 2015 Semester, the next we'll be recruiting.

Final application materials specific to that semester will be posted here by late August 2014, and applications will be due Friday, November 7.


Tom Rosenstiel (standing right), director of the American Press Institute and former director of
the Project for Excellence in Journalism, anchored our Fall 2013 seminar series, discussing
"The Future of News." He and the class then visited the historic old offices of the Democratic National Committee at The Watergate, into which the infamous burglars broke in 1972.

Tom Rosenstiel with Fall 2013 Class

Winter/Spring 2012 Class, with Bill Plante of CBS and Eleanor Clift of Newsweek; and Fall 2011 Class, with Washington Post Managing Editor Kevin Merida (joined by WCPJ Alums Robert Pierre and Tim Farnam of the Post.)

Eleanor Clift and Bill Plante  Kevin Merida

(Left) CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante and Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift kicked off our Winter/Spring 2012 Class. (From left to right standing) Samantha Wagner, Univ. of Illinois; Jason Lawrence, Florida A&M Univ.; Emily Wilkins, Michigan State Univ.; Regina Garcia Cano, Kent State Univ.; and Ian Duncan, New York Univ. (Left to right, seated) Dana Davidsen, Univ. of Iowa; Plante; Clift; and Rob Stigile, Univ. of Maine.

(Right) Kevin Merida, managing editor of The Washington Post (center), hosted the Fall 2011 Class for a visit to the Post news room, including sitting in on a morning story meeting. He was joined by WCPJ alums Robert Pierre (seated left, Fall 1989 Class, Louisiana State Univ.) and T.W. "Tim" Farnam (seated right, Fall 2007, New York Univ.) (From left to right standing) Laura Barron-Lopez, California State Univ.-Fullerton; Emily Holden, Louisiana State Univ.; Brooke Self, Brigham Young Univ.; LeighAnne Manwarren, Univ. of Oklahoma; Puneet Kollipara, Washington Univ.; Kyle Glazier, Univ. of Colorado; Kate Macedo, Univ. of Georgia; Ellen Larson, Univ. of Tennessee; and Amanda Sakuma, New York Univ.

Application Requirements
To learn requirements for your Politics & Journalism Semester application, please see our Brochure page. Make sure you have the most recent version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to access and use PDF files provided here. Applications for a Fall Class are due the first Friday in April, and for a Winter/Spring Class, the first Friday in November.

Application Form and Explanatory Documents...

Click for the following Acrobat PDF files (first three PDF's were posted for our Fall 2014 Class recruitment and should be considered as "samples" of the final materials that will be posted in August 2014 for recruitment of our Winter/Spring 2015 Class.

If you encounter problems opening any of the above files from your web browser, save the pdf document to file (right-click on the file name), and then open the file directly from Acrobat Reader.


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