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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Preparing for the Inaugural Ball

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

The Inaugural ball may not start for another few hours, but operations are in full swing here. The Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief balls, both hosted by President Obama, are taking place at the Washington Convention Center.

Special-effect lighting is in place, and musical sound checks are going on.

Artists set to perform tonight at the two balls include Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Stevie Wonder, and more.

The Commander-in-Chief’s Ball is an invitation-only celebration for members of the Armed Forces. Tickets were free for those attending.

The Inaugural Ball, held downstairs from the Commander-in-Chief Ball, is the only official ball this inaugural year that allows a select number of members of the public.

I will be covering the Inaugural Ball from the press pool.

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