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 seven-to-ten college journalists
for Winter/Spring (February to May) and Fall (September to December)
classes each year. We have no summer program.
During 16 weeks in Washington, students work full-time in
news bureaus. Twice a week, they gather for the central purpose of
the program: 90-minute seminars on campaign, governance and interest
$3,000 stipends, no tuition
Students pay no tuition or fees. Each receives a $3,000 stipend to
help with Washington living expenses. The program is operated by
a non-profit educational foundation, the Washington Center for
Politics & Journalism, founded in 1988 to improve political
and public affairs journalism. The Center operates from one of
America’s best known political addresses, The Watergate,
in offices generously provided by Atlantic Media, publishers of
Atlantic Monthly and publications of the National Journal Co.
Some of our speakers,
from top to bottom....
Judy Woodruff of PBS; former Sen. Bob Dole;
press secretary Mike McCurry,
hosting one of our classes
at The White House; columnist and author Pat Buchanan;
"dean" of White House correspondents the late great Helen Thomas;
ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos;
and syndicated columnist George Will.