May 1, 2016
The program described on this 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, seeking a new home for the program, a university or journalism-related non-profit.
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 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
$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;
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.