The Gene A. Burd Institute on Media & Politics is an engaging and hands-on digital experience created to introduce students to media's intricacies and its relationship to politics. This program includes a foundational introduction to journalism, the creation of editorial content, and audience, medium, and product concepts. Beyond the foundations of journalism, students will engage in discussions and activities around political and advocacy communication. Students will also have the chance to collaborate with their peers on projects, including writing editorial content, creating podcasts and vlogs, and producing press events.
In addition to experiential projects and instruction, students will have an opportunity to hear from current media professionals. Past presenters include Camille Hahn, Managing Editor of Ms. Magazine; Jeffrey Marcus, Editor, New York Times; Julie Mastrine, Allsides.com, Dan Schnur, Professor at Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at USC; and Jonathan Karl, former White House Correspondent.