Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration

Twenty-one communication studies and journalism students are in Washington, D.C., in January 2013 as part of the Meadows School of the Arts’ Hilltop on the Hill program. In addition to reporting on Inaugural events, the students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies; Daniel Schill, assistant professor of communication studies, and Carolyn Barta, journalism professor. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions and the G8 Economic Summit.

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An event-filled second day in D.C.

An update from Julie, a senior journalism major who is blogging about Inauguration weekend on smudailycampus.com, where this post originally was published:

Today has been a crazy day! I don’t think I have stopped since 8 am this morning. This morning we went to the National Cathedral to hear famed political historian Michael Beschloss speak about President Obama’s upcoming second term.

Next Kelsey, Katelyn and I went to the MLK Jr. Memorial statue to work on our respective stories. We teamed up to interview visitors, and I could not believe the crowd that had gathered at this memorial. Park Ranger Mike Townsend said it was the busiest day to date, only second to the day it opened in October 2011.

Then we had a meet-and-greet with several SMU alumni who are working here in D.C. But the day was not done yet. The crew then headed off with SMU Communication Studies Professor Daniel Schill for the “Mall Crawl.”

We saw many monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.

After a long day of trekking, I was informed that I was given a seated ticket for the Inauguration! I could not be more thrilled that I will be able to sit tomorrow as I will be leaving my hotel at 5:30 am.

Tomorrow I will provide many more details on my experience at the National Cathedral and the MLK Jr. Memorial. But for now, I need to get some sleep.

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